Last reviewed on 6 April 2022
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 disciplinary procedures, and save yourself some time. If you prefer to write or review your own, use our checklist to see what your procedures should include. You'll also find examples from other schools and academy trusts.

Download the model procedures for your school


  • 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 – for example, 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