Return to work interviews: template and guidance

Run positive and practical return to work interviews with this downloadable template and advice on how to prepare and what to cover.

Last reviewed on 14 March 2022
School types: All · School phases: All
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  1. Download our template interview form
  2. How to conduct the interview

Download our template interview form

It will help you ask questions and record answers:

Note: your local authority or trust may have its own form it expects you to use, so check with them first before using our template.

If you do use ours, check it against any relevant absence policies you have, to see if you need to add any questions.

Our associate education expert Angela Browne helped us create this template.

How to conduct the interview

Check your policies

There's no statutory requirement to conduct return to work interviews, so there are no rules or procedures you must follow.

However, make sure you follow guidelines set out in any relevant policies you may have.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, consider holding the interview remotely. If you do meet