Behaviour management strategies

13 articles
  • Behaviour audit: how-to and templates
    Identify the strengths, weaknesses and disparities in your approach to behaviour, and use this insight to create an action plan. Download our templates to help you gather evidence and analyse data, including staff and pupil surveys and a monitoring form.
  • Behaviour for learning: guidance and examples
    Find out how you can support your children to develop behaviours for learning. See examples of how other schools do it.
  • Behaviour management: pupils with SEMH needs
    Learn how to manage challenging behaviour from pupils with SEMH needs. Get guidance on communicating effectively with these pupils and adapting your classroom environment to cater for their needs. Plus, see examples of what other schools are doing.


2 articles
  • Bullying incidents: reporting and recording
    Understand your reporting and recording responsibilities when it comes to bullying, and see examples of forms to record incidents.
  • Recording and reporting racist incidents
    Find out when to report racist incidents and bullying to your LA or the police, and how recorded incidents can inform your school's anti-racism action plan. Adapt your behaviour policy to include your approach to racism and see example policies from other schools.

Dealing with behaviour challenges

4 articles
  • Educational visits: refusing to take pupils
    It's up to you to decide whether to prevent a pupil from going on a trip, but you must avoid discrimination. Here's what to consider if you have pupils with challenging behaviour, and for those with SEND and/or medical conditions.
  • How to use reasonable force
    Make sure you understand when and how staff can make physical interventions with pupils. Read through our summary of the official guidance, including what it has to say on staff training and reporting and recording incidents.
  • Managing mobile phone usage in school
    Get to grips with DfE guidance on managing mobile phone usage in school, and adapt our template letters to parents/carers to let them know about any changes to your policy and approach.


10 articles
  • Excluding a pupil: procedures and guidance
    Be clear on the procedures for excluding a pupil, when you can lawfully do so, and who you must inform.
  • Improving behaviour: 'managed moves' and directing pupils off site
    You can temporarily direct pupils with challenging behaviour off site. Alternatively, you can carry out a 'managed move' if the situation calls for a permanent change. Find out more about what both options involve and how you're expected to manage them.
  • Independent review panel hearings: procedures
    Parents/carers have the right to request a review of your governing board's decision not to reinstate a pupil after exclusion. This is done by an independent review panel (IRP), convened by the local authority (LA) or academy trust. Get an overview of how the hearing will run and what the outcomes might be.