NGA Behaviour Management

Effective behaviour management is fundamental to creating supportive, safe and inclusive learning environments. School and trust leadership teams are key to the development and maintenance of successful behaviour cultures, but governing boards also have a crucial role.

Download guide to effective behaviour management (PDF)

This guide explains how boards and school leaders can work collaboratively to develop behaviour principles, policy and a culture which:

  • reflects their values and ethos
  • minimises the risk of exclusion
  • involves and supports parents and other stakeholders
  • engages all pupils in a meaningful and relevant curriculum
  • keeps all pupils safe and healthy

The guide covers:

  • establishing behaviour policy principles
  • influencing policy and practice
  • monitoring policy implementation
  • the importance of a whole school approach

Exclusions as a last resort

The governing board has a significant, strategic role in ensuring that the boundaries of acceptable behaviour are clear, and that pupils and staff are supported to model positive behaviour. By carrying out this role effectively, boards are ensuring that the decision to exclude a pupil is always a last resort.

All schools are required to have a behaviour policy that supports effective behaviour management. The policy also acts as the main point of reference for decisions to exclude a pupil.

Find out more about the governing board’s role in minimising exclusions:

Behaviour and exclusions webinar

Our behaviour and exclusions webinar further explores the role of governors and trustees in setting and monitoring behaviour policy, and the links to managing and minimising exclusions. The webinar covers:

  • the requirements of behaviour policies
  • how governance can influence policy and practice through shaping a whole school approach to inclusion
  • the importance of stakeholder engagement and effective liaison
  • the use of exclusions

Watch the webinar

Further reading