Staff capability policy and procedures: model and examples

Download and adapt our model staff capability policy, or use our checklist to make sure your own policy covers everything it should. Plus, see examples from a primary and a secondary school, as well as a multi-academy trust.

Last reviewed on 5 March 2024See updates
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Statutory/mandatory for:
Maintained schools
Academies
Free schools
Independent schools
Pupil referral units
Contents
  1. Download and adapt our model staff capability policy
  2. Use our checklist to write and review your own capability procedures
  3. Who to consult before introducing this policy
  4. See example policies 

Download and adapt our model staff capability policy

Our policy has been approved by Forbes Solicitors and was developed in consultation with the school leaders' union, NAHT.

It's based on the DfE's model capability policy and the Acas code of practice on disciplinary and grievance procedures.

Model policy: staff capability procedures DOC, 276.0 KB
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Please note: this policy is aimed primarily at maintained schools, academies and trusts, but you can adapt it to suit any school. If you wish to use the policy in a different type of setting that requires a capability policy, we recommend you check this policy against any requirements or considerations specific to your context and adapt it accordingly.

Use our checklist to write and review your own capability procedures

If you'd prefer to write your own policy, use our checklist to help make sure it covers everything it should:

Who to consult before introducing

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