Last reviewed on 14 March 2023
Statutory/mandatory for: Maintained schools Academies Free schools Independent schools Pupil referral units

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.

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.

Please note: this policy is aimed primarily at maintained schools and academies 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:

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