Staff meetings: guidance

Make the most of meetings with your whole-staff workforce by carefully considering their purpose. Find out how you can reduce the impact on their workload and understand the rules on the frequency of meetings.

Last reviewed on 15 March 2022
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  1. Review the purpose of your whole-staff meetings
  2. Consider the frequency of meetings
  3. Be clear on scheduling 

Review the purpose of your whole-staff meetings

Consider how you can make the most of the face-to-face time your have with your staff. 

Use the section on communications in the DfE's workload reduction toolkit (linked below) to work with your staff to review the purpose of your meetings and other internal communications.

For example, a school that's mentioned in the toolkit swapped a staff briefing for a weekly written memo to communicate minor updates. Doing this could free up your weekly or termly whole-staff meetings to focus on training or CPD. 

Access the DfE's workload reduction toolkit on communications here (download the communications toolkit and go to slide 2 of the communications workshop presentation). 

Consider the frequency of meetings

Be aware of directed time requirements

You can't require teachers to attend meetings in excess of their annual directed time if:


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