Student behaviour

Learn about topics such as searching/confiscating student property, seclusions, stand-downs and more.

Level of compliance Main audience Other


  • Teachers and Kaiako
  • Principals and Tumuaki
  • Learning Support Coordinators
  • Specialist Staff
  • All Early Learning Services
  • Other agencies
  • Parents, Caregivers and Whānau
  • Boards

This directory connects schools to guidance that will help them to manage student behaviour. Further reading is required as some of this guidance relates to legislation that must be complied with.

Behaviour services to help schools

Services to support teachers and parents to manage children and students with extreme behaviour needs.

Accessing the Interim Response Fund (IRF)

The Interim Response Fund is a fund is to keep students engaged in learning following a significantly challenging behavioural event.

Searching and confiscating student property

Guidelines to assist you to develop an appropriate and practical approach to searching students and confiscating their property.

Stand-downs, suspensions, exclusions and expulsions

Guidelines describing the processes for stand-downs, suspensions, exclusions and expulsions and help you to act fairly and legally.

Gang insignia on school property — how to prevent this

Information about the 2013 legislation prohibiting gang insignia on school property, the gang insignia that are covered by this legislation and what your school can do to try to prevent this happening.

Help returning young people to education from the Justice system

Education assessments aim to return child and youth offenders to school.

Seclusion in schools

Seclusion is not acceptable practice in New Zealand schools. 

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