Family and parental leave policy: model

Download and adapt our model family and parental leave policy so you can save time, stay compliant and keep your approach consistent for all staff across your school or trust.

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Download our model policy

Our model family and parental leave policy is designed for you to adapt to suit your school’s or trust's context. It:

  • Has been approved by Forbes Solicitors and the NAHT union for school leaders
  • Is based on relevant requirements and good practice

Our policy includes sections on:

  • Maternity, paternity and adoption leave and pay (including for surrogacy)
  • Shared parental leave
  • Unpaid parental leave
  • Time off for dependants

We recommend you:

  • Use this policy alongside our staff sickness and absence policy
  • Consult with the unions represented at your school before implementing any new policy that refers to expectations of staff
Model policy: family and parental leave DOC, 409.5 KB

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