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Statement for Parents
on the Use of Reasonable Force


Legal Guidance


Spring Hill High School, in conjunction with the law, allows all adults authorised by the Headteacher and the Governing Body to be responsible for students and to use such force as is reasonable to prevent a student from:

  • Committing a criminal offence (or, for younger children, that which would be an offence)
  • Causing personal injury, injury to others or damage to property
  • Engaging in any behaviour prejudicial to maintaining good order and discipline in the school.
  • Headteachers and authorised school staff may also use force, as is reasonable given the circumstance, when conducting a search without consent for knives or weapons, alcohol illegal drugs, stolen items, fireworks, pornographic images or articles that could be used to commit an offence or cause harm.


All members of staff have a legal power to use reasonable force.The law regarding the use of force by teachers and others was clarified in the Education Act 1997 and came into force on 1st September 1998 with added guidance provided in the White Paper in March 2011. The criteria for using reasonable force is also outlined in the Behaviour and Discipline in schools, Advice for Teachers and school Staff (January 2016) and the Use of reasonable force, advice for Headteachers, staff and governing bodies (July 2013).


Parental Permission


As part of the Admissions Policy at Spring Hill High School all parents/carers, or those with parental responsibility, are asked to sign a consent form giving the school permission to physically intervene based on the criteria outlined above.


Methods of Positive Behaviour Handling


All staff members including the Headteacher are trained in National Federation for Personal Safety (NFPS). Staff are taught to adapt a more person-centered approach and the school has a number of predictive strategies in place to avoid the use of physical intervention. The use of physical intervention is a last resort and MUST only be used when all other options have been explored.

In circumstances where positive behaviour handling must be used, the staff must follow the school's Care and Control Policy which outlines how to deal with such situations. Any parent wishing to view this policy may do so on request.