The Covid-19 pandemic has led to a number of changes in the way that schools are able to operate. Staff and pupils are getting used to social distancing and the wearing of face coverings when required. This is a challenging situation and it is important for headteachers, school principals, governors, proprietors, or trustees to be familiar with the latest government guidance.

For further detailed information and advice, see Croner-i’s Covid-19 coronavirus toolkit for schools.

These are unsettling times for pupils and after nearly six months out of school, many have found it difficult to return to a daily school routine and established standards of classroom behaviour. It is more important than ever for them to be fully aware of the school’s policy and what is expected of them.

Without a strong commitment to discipline, effective teaching and learning cannot take place. Every school needs a clear policy on the standards of behaviour that are expected of pupils and a strategy for managing those who are disaffected or troubled.

This topic sets out what these should cover and also when teachers can use reasonable force to discipline a pupil. Information about searching pupils for prohibited weapons and dealing with aggressive pupils can be found in the Violence Prevention topic.

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