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Managing behaviour and exercising discipline in schools

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The management of pupil behaviour has always been and will always be a challenging aspect of any school leader's role. The duality of rewarding good behaviour and dealing with unacceptable behaviour sets a high bar for everyone charged with keeping children safe in education.

This guide provides both the legal and the pragmatic framework for managing behaviour and exercising discipline in schools and covers the practice of setting detentions, confiscation, the power to use reasonable force, isolation rooms, confinement, restriction, restraint and the use of force. 

More guidance will follow in due course when the DfE has concluded current deliberations with the Department of Health who are leading on the current review of managing pupil behaviour and the management of restriction and restraint in particular.  When this is available, we will ensure that our information, advice and guidance is brought up to date.

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