Schools can use reasonable force in the following circumstances (please note that the list is not exhaustive): Head teachers and authorised members of staff can use reasonable force to conduct a search for prohibited weapons, but force cannot be used to search for items which have been banned under the school rules.
For more information see our page on ‘School powers to search and screen pupils‘.
Any use of isolation that prevents a child from leaving a room of their own free will should only be considered in exceptional circumstances.
The school should ensure that pupils are kept in seclusion or isolation no longer than is necessary and that their time spent there is used as constructively as possible.
Under the Education (Independent School Standards) (England) Regulations 2014, the proprietor of an Academy school must create and implement a written policy promoting good behaviour among pupils and setting out disciplinary sanctions for breach.
Academies are not required to publish their behaviour policy on the school website, but it is good practice to do so, and the policy should be made available to parents upon request.
The decision on whether or not to physically intervene is down to the professional judgement of the member of staff concerned and has to be judged on a case-by-case basis, depending on the circumstances.