Dealing with allegations of abuse against teachers and other staff – Guidance for local authorities, headteachers, school staff, governing bodies and proprietors of independent schools 61kb – This is statutory guidance from the Department for Education. This means recipients must have regard to it when carrying out duties relating to handling allegations of abuse against teachers and other staff.
Guidance on the use of restrictive physical interventions for staff working with children and adults who display extreme behaviour in association with learning disability and/or Austic Spectrum Disorder 1mb – This guidance on the use of restrictive physical interventions in special schools, care and health settings, is issued jointly by the Department for Education and Skills/Department of Health.
Guidance on the use restrictive physical interventions for pupils with behavioural difficulties 984kb – These guidelines have been published to assist LEAs and special schools to respond appropriately in situations where the management of pupil behaviour requires the use of restrictive physical interventions.
Screening, searching and confiscation – Advice for headteachers, staff and governing bodies 252kb – This advice is intended to explain schools’ powers of screening and searching pupils so that school staff have the confidence to use them. In particular it explains the use of the power to search pupils without consent. It also explains the powers schools have to seize and then confiscate items found during a search. It includes statutory guidance which schools must have regard to.
Screening, searching and confiscation – Advice for principals and staff of further education colleges, sixth form colleges and 16-19 academies 340kb – This advice is intended to explain colleges’ powers of screening and searching students so that principals and staff have the confidence to use them when it is considered necessary. In particular it explains the use of the power to search students without consent. It also explains the powers colleges have to seize and then confiscate items found during a search. It includes statutory guidance to which colleges must have regard.
Use of reasonable force – Advice for head teachers, staff and governing bodies 213kb – This is non-statutory advice from the Department for Education. It is intended to provide clarification on the use of force to help school staff feel more confident about using this power when they feel it is necessary and to make clear the responsibilities of head teachers and governing bodies in respect of this power.
These documents set out statutory guidance from the Department of Education (DfE). They explain why maintained schools must have a behaviour policy, what it must cover and the role of the governing body and headteachers in shaping their school’s behaviour policy. It relates to legislation from the Education Act 2002 and the Education and Inspections Act 2006.
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