Staff disciplinary procedures: model and examples

Download and adapt our model staff disciplinary procedures, or review your own with our checklist of what to include. See examples of policies from other schools and academy trusts.

Last reviewed on 8 May 2024
Ref: 41538
Statutory/mandatory for:
Maintained schools
Free schools
Independent schools
Sixth-form colleges
Pupil referral units
Non-maintained special schools
  1. Download the model procedures for your school
  2. Base your disciplinary procedures on the Acas code of practice
  3. You can choose how to present your disciplinary procedures
  4. Use our checklist to write or review your own policy
  5. See examples from schools

Download the model procedures for your school

Model policy: staff disciplinary procedures (schools) DOC, 250.5 KB


  • Approved by Forbes Solicitors and developed in consultation with union NAHT
  • Designed for you to adapt to suit your school’s context

Please note: This model policy is aimed primarily at maintained schools and academies, but can be easily adapted to suit any school. If you wish to use the policy in a different type of setting – e.g. a pupil referral unit or non-maintained special school – we recommend that you check this policy against any requirements or considerations specific to your context and adapt it accordingly. 

You should also have your disciplinary procedures checked by an HR specialist.

Base your disciplinary procedures on the Acas code of practice

You'll normally have the same disciplinary procedures for all staff, as explained to us

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