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Download our template of a behaviour plan, and click through to examples of individual behaviour plans for pupils. We also link to guidance on writing and reviewing behaviour plans.

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Behaviour plan: template

Download our template for a behaviour plan for pupils with behavioural needs, developed with our associate education expert, Jeremy Bird. 

The first side of the plan gives practical information which helps someone working with the pupil to support their behaviour.

The second side of the plan provides a fuller picture of the pupil's personality and gives space to record any recent behaviour incidents.

Use the full plan during a pilot phase, then adapt the plan to meet your school's needs. 

You should also adapt the template to suit the age and interests of individual pupils. 

Individual behaviour plan: sample

Suffolk County Council has published an example behaviour support plan.

The sample content is based around preventing a pupil from biting. The plan shows how staff will prevent the behaviour.

You can download the example behaviour support plan from this page.

Behaviour support plans for pupils with SEN

Template plan for the EYFS

North Somerset Council has published a behaviour plan on its website, as part of its early years inclusion support resource pack for pupils with special educational needs (SEN) and disabilities.

The plan, on page 55, includes sections to record information about:

  • Concerns about the pupil's behaviour
  • Strategies for how to meet targets
  • Adult response in the event that the unwanted behaviour is not prevented

See the inclusion support booklet 2016 under the heading 'Inclusion support', on this page:

Plan with sample content

A further document from the resource pack from North Somerset Council includes sample content for the plan, for pupil 'X'. It is available on page 56, in the document referred to above.

You can find strategies to help the pupil to meet their targets and recommended responses in the event that behaviour deteriorates.

Monitoring behaviour

Look at examples of behaviour logs used to record a pupil's behaviour incidents.

We also link to examples of forms for observing a child's behaviour in more detail.

Writing behaviour plans

The Challenging Behaviour Foundation, a charity for people with behaviour challenges and learning difficulties, has published advice on behaviour support planning (see 'how to create a behaviour support plan').

It sets out 8 ‘key steps’ in creating a behaviour support plan, and these could also be helpful in creating IBPs. 

Behaviour is no longer an area of SEN

Persistent disruptive or withdrawn behaviours don't necessarily mean that a child or young person has SEN. 

Behaviour is not included as one of the identified areas of need in the Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) Code of Practice, since it was updated in 2014.

If you're concerned about a pupil, assess whether there are any causal factors, such as:

  • Undiagnosed learning difficulties
  • Difficulties with communication
  • Mental health issues


Read our guidance on writing pastoral support plans for pupils at risk of exclusion. 

The Times Educational Supplement (TES) has child-friendly resources to help implement IBPs which have been uploaded by a practitioner.

To access this resource, you will need to register with the TES. Registration is free.

Jeremy Bird has extensive experience of primary headship. He has also worked with local authorities and published guidance for new and aspiring headteachers and senior leaders.

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