Last reviewed on 26 August 2021
Statutory/mandatory for: Maintained schools Pupil referral units Non-maintained special schools

Some schools are required to have a statement written by governors, alongside their behaviour policy. See our template and examples from schools to help you figure out what this statement should look like.

Model policy from The Key

We have created a model behaviour policy, which includes a statement of behaviour principles in appendix 1.

Approved by Forbes Solicitors, this model document is designed for you to adapt to suit your school’s context.

For more model policies and complete policy support from The Key, go to Policy Expert


A statement of behaviour principles written by governors is required by all:

  • Maintained schools
  • Pupil referral units (PRUs)
  • Non-maintained special schools

The DfE recommends reviewing the statement annually. 

This is set out in its guidance on statutory policies (section 9.2).

The principles must:

  • Guide the headteacher in determining measures to promote good behaviour and discipline amongst pupils
  • Be consulted upon with the headteacher, school staff, parents and pupils
  • Be published on your website

This is set out in statutory guidance for governing boards.

Write it alongside your behaviour policy

All schools must have a behaviour policy.