Last reviewed on 21 June 2023
Statutory/mandatory for: Maintained schools Academies Free schools Independent schools Sixth-form colleges Pupil referral units Non-maintained special schools

Download and adapt our model staff code of conduct, developed with NAHT and approved by a law firm. See examples of codes of conduct from primary, secondary and special schools, and across academy trusts.

Download our model code of conduct

This model document is designed for you to adapt to suit your school’s context.

We developed it alongside NAHT and it has been approved by Forbes Solicitors.

Note: we recommend that you consult with the unions represented at your school before implementing a new policy that refers to the employment of staff.

How to make sure your code of conduct is up to date and compliant

If your code of conduct is based on our model policy from before 21 June 2023:

We've updated section 7 of our model staff code of conduct to add a sentence about the acceptable use of artificial intelligence (AI) tools, such as chatbots – you may wish to do the same, although there's