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Use of Reasonable Force

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Use of Reasonable Force


Non-statutory advice from the Department for Education 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 Headteachers and Governing Bodies in respect of this power.

Governing Bodies are advised to:

  • Consider the guidance on developing a School Policy on the Use of Force to Control, or Restrain Pupils;
  • Develop the school's own policy in consultation with staff, parents and pupils;
  • Include the agreed policy as an appendix to the school behaviour policy;
  • Publicise the policy to families during the admissions process

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