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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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'.
Is there a summary of the SEND Code of Practice? This article summarises the Code and looks at information on developing an education, health and care (EHC) plan. You will also find a downloadable handout for staff.
What can we do if a governor behaves inappropriately? We relay advice from One Education and our associate experts on responding to inappropriate or negative governor behaviour. We also link to an example of a procedure for dealing with complaints against governors.
How can we deliver effective provision for the teaching of core life skills? In this article, we relay advice from three of our associate experts on how the teaching of core life skills can be built into the curriculum, and how the impact of teaching these skills can be measured.
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.
Is there guidance or policies on tutoring pupils outside school hours? We relay advice from ASCL, One Education and one of our associate experts on teachers doing private tutoring. We also look at examples of policies covering private tuition, and codes of conduct which cover private tuition.
Can staff be employed in a second job outside the school? We relay advice on this from the Department for Education, the National College, Edapt, Acas and ASCL. We also link to school documents that cover staff undertaking secondary employment.
Comments from parents on social media can be inaccurate, defamatory or even abusive. We link to guidance from local authorities, and look at relevant legislation. You will also find examples of documents from schools covering this issue.
Are there examples of staff disciplinary procedures? This article includes examples of disciplinary policies used by primary, secondary and special schools. It also has a policy checklist, created by a HR expert, to help you write and review your policy.
How can we deal with staff who fail to follow school policy? We relay advice on how to handle this situation from 2 unions and a consultant headteacher. You will find guidance on issuing a management instruction, as well as information about staff codes of conduct.
What is the difference between a headteacher and a head of school? We summarise insight from one of our associate education experts. We also compare the 2 roles by referring to the STPCD and examples of job descriptions, and relay advice on setting pay for heads of school.
Are there examples of job descriptions for executive headteachers in MATs? This article points to examples of job descriptions for executive headteachers and principals from multi-academy trusts (MATs). It also links to another of our articles, with guidance on writing a job description.
How does appraisal work for headteachers? This article looks at the rules on appraisal and relays advice from our associate experts on the process, including appraising acting headteachers and deciding which governors should be involved. It also points to the headteacher standards.
What are the arrangements for headteacher pay progression? We refer to the Governance Handbook and the STPCD, which set out how governors determine headteacher pay in maintained schools. We also link to information on arrangements in academies.