In this article, you can download our model staff code of conduct, approved by a law firm and the NAHT. It can be easily adapted to suit your school's context. You can also look at examples of codes of conduct from primary and secondary schools.
Must we have a staff code of conduct? We outline advice on requirements to have a code of conduct, how to introduce and embed it and how often to review it. We also look at whether Ofsted inspectors may look at them and whether staff should sign them.
Are there examples of codes of conduct for parents? We link to parent codes of conduct and policies on parental behaviour from schools. We also share advice from NAHT on whether parents have to sign a code of conduct.
Are there examples of staff dress codes from schools? We refer to examples of staff dress codes from primary and secondary schools. We also link to further articles from The Key on introducing staff dress codes, and look at whether dress codes might differ in special schools.
Is there advice on conducting a school staffing review? This article has a KeyDoc that can be used to show how much schools spend on staff. We also link to guidance from LAs on reviewing staff structures, and look at the implications of a staffing review, including benchmarking and restructuring.
Can schools enforce a policy on tattoos and piercings? We relay advice from Acas and unions on whether employers can ask staff members to cover up their tattoos and remove piercings at work. We also link to examples of dress code from schools that mention body art.
Is there advice on introducing a staff dress code? We relay advice from the Department for Education and several unions on issues to consider when introducing a staff dress code. We also include examples of questions to ask when consulting on a staff dress code.
Is there any guidance on informally investigating allegations? This article sets out Edapt's advice on how to determine whether an informal investigation is appropriate. We also outline advice from ACAS, One Education and the NAHT on how to conduct an informal investigation into an allegation.
Can lesson observations be conducted using Ofsted criteria? This article relays advice from the DfE and refers to the School Inspection Handbook. It also outlines the views of teaching unions on grading.
Is there a summary of the SEND Code of Practice? This article summarises the Code which came into force on 1 September 2014. We outline the changes from the 2001 code and refer to information on developing an education, health and care (EHC) plan. You will also find a downloadable handout for staff.
What type of conduct warrants a spoken or written warning for staff? Oral and written warnings are usually given for instances of misconduct. We look at how school discipline policies define misconduct, refer to the Teachers' Standards, and relay advice on issuing warnings and 'management guidance'.
What can a school do if it is concerned about the conduct of the governing body? We look at the options available to school leaders who want to make a complaint about their own governing body. We also relay advice from a local authority and the Department for Education.
What codes should we use to record attendance and absence? We set out the absence and attendance codes from the DfE's attendance guidance in table format, alongside the definition and scenario to which each code refers. You can also download the tables as a printable KeyDoc.
Can we ask staff to declare membership of 'extreme' organisations? We explain schools' responsibilities relating to staff membership of proscribed terrorist organisations. You will also find advice from a legal firm and school leaders' union about staff membership of non-proscribed organisations.
Are there resources to assess staff knowledge of phonics? This article highlights activities and quizzes to assess staff knowledge of phonics. We also relay advice from one of our experts on what should be included in a subject knowledge audit.
How can we engage support staff in preparation for an inspection? We relay advice from 3 of our associate education experts on how support staff can contribute when preparing for an Ofsted inspection, and what school leaders can do to help them feel included.
Do support staff need to receive formal performance management? The DfE explains that there is no statutory requirement relating to support staff, but it is good practice. This article relays guidance on aspects such as appointing appraisers and dealing with underperformance.
Is there any advice on the effective induction of new staff? We refer to guidance on what makes a good induction from the National College and ACAS. We also relay tips from a national teaching school on aspects such as preparing for induction and covering safeguarding.
Can first aiders be held liable following administration of first aid? We relay advice from the HSE and a solicitor about liability when administering first aid. We also point to information from the Department for Education, and link to further articles on first aid provision.
How can I do performance management for administrative staff? This article outlines advice from an associate practitioner from NASBM, and includes KeyDoc proformas for performance management of support staff. It also points to suggested objectives and standards for administrative staff.