Staff code of conduct: model and examples

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.

Last reviewed on 21 June 2024See updates
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Statutory/mandatory for:
Maintained schools
Free schools
Independent schools
Sixth-form colleges
Pupil referral units
Non-maintained special schools
  1. Download our model code of conduct
  2. All schools need to have a staff code of conduct
  3. Examples of policies from schools

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.

Model policy: staff code of conduct (schools) DOC, 247.5 KB

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.

This policy is in line with Keeping Children Safe in Education (KCSIE) 2024. There were no safeguarding changes required from the 2024 KCSIE update. 

All schools need to have a staff code of conduct

Keeping Children Safe in Education, which is statutory guidance for all schools, says that schools should have a staff behaviour policy or code of conduct. It should include low-level concerns, allegations against staff and whistle-blowing, as

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