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  • Conduct
    • Allegations against staff: investigation reports Are there templates of investigation reports on allegations against staff? We link to an investigation report template from the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS), and to a template used by a school. We also relay guidance on investigating allegations against staff.
    • Conducting informal investigations into allegations about staff 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.
    • Dealing with a staff member's negativity Is there guidance on dealing with a staff member's negativity? We set out recommendations on how to respond from the unions Voice and ASCL, Acas and one of our associate education experts. We also look at when to implement formal capability or disciplinary procedures.
    • Dealing with staff who do not follow school procedures 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.
    • Difficult conversations with staff members: advice Is there advice on handling difficult conversations with school staff? We set out advice on holding difficult meetings, from the headteacher of a teaching school, an Acas guide and a training event run by the Institute of Education. You will also find training videos and a KeyDoc for meeting notes.
    • Staff codes of conduct: guidance and FAQs 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.
    • Staff conduct: when are spoken and written warnings used? What type of conduct warrants a spoken or written warning for staff? Oral and written warnings are usually given for instances of misconduct. We refer to the Teachers' Standards and relay advice on issuing warnings and 'management guidance'.
    • Staff dress code: body art 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.
    • Staff drinking alcohol on residential school trips Is there guidance on staff drinking alcohol on residential school trips? We relay advice from the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) that covers staff's duty of care and the Teachers' Standards. We also look at examples of school policies referring to staff drinking alcohol on trips.
    • Staff drinking on residential trips Have your say and see if other schools let staff drink on residential trips and what rules they put in place.
    • What is considered 'gross misconduct' for teachers? Is there guidance on what constitutes 'gross misconduct'? This article looks at National College guidance on teacher misconduct, and at a school policy that include examples of gross misconduct. It also points to guidance on referring cases of misconduct to the National College.
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    • Deputising for an absent headteacher Who can deputise for an absent headteacher? We look at the professional duty of deputy headteachers to deputise for the headteacher. We also relay advice from the DfE and ASCL on who should deputise where there's no deputy headteacher available.
    • 'Rarely cover': rules and FAQs What are the rules about 'rarely cover'? We explain the rules and answer common questions on asking teachers to provide cover in maintained schools and academies, including what is meant by 'rarely' covering and 'unforeseen' absence. We also relay guidance from unions and the National College.
    • Supply teacher induction Get the most out of supply teachers with effective induction. Read our tips on how to prepare for supply staff joining your school, and download our supply teacher induction pack checklist so you can give new starters everything they need to hit the ground running.
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    • Advice for a new deputy headteacher What advice is there for new deputy headteachers? This article relays advice from one of our associate experts on professional relationships, preparing to deputise, and mentoring. We also link to performance objectives for headteachers.
    • Checklist for new headteachers UpdatedDownload our checklist to find out what to do before starting your role as a new headteacher, and get advice on the essential documents you should read.
    • Communicating with staff about restructures: advice How can we communicate well with staff about restructuring? This article relays advice from two of our associate education experts on managing conversations around restructuring in schools, and also points to a blog post on handling conversations about redundancies.
    • Handover checklist for school business managers Handing over to a new school business manager? Use our downloadable handover checklist to help them get settled in the role. It includes tasks and information related to finance, premises management and HR.
    • New headteachers: questions to ask the SLT What questions should a new headteacher ask the SLT? We suggest questions on a range of topics that a newly appointed headteacher can ask the senior leadership team as part of getting to know the school in the early days of headship.
    • Reorganising your staffing structure Use the following process if you're reorganising your school's staffing structure. You'll also find a template letter that you can adapt to inform staff of changes to their hours.
    • Restructuring: consulting staff Must schools consult staff before restructuring? This article looks at consulting staff on restructures, both when redundancies are involved and when they aren't. It relays advice from GOV.UK, Acas, and ASCL, and links to further articles on reorganising staffing structures.
    • Restructuring support staff: developing a proposal Is there guidance on restructuring the support staff team? We relay advice from one of our associate education experts on how to restructure school support staff cost-effectively. We also look at an example of how a support staff restructure was carried out and link to templates for business cases.
    • Restructuring your staff (14 articles) The Key can help you to reorganise your staffing structure. This bundle includes articles which set out the process from start-to-finish, and advice on changing staff contracts and redundancy. We also look at doing this is in the most cost-effective way.
    • Salary safeguarding Teachers may be entitled to safeguarded pay if their role changes as a result of a restructure or school closure. Understand how to calculate a safeguarded sum and the required duration of safeguarding.
    • Staffing structure changes: FAQs Can we make changes to our staffing structure? This article answers frequently asked questions (FAQs) from school leaders on making changes to a school's staffing structure, and refers to other articles from The Key on staffing structure changes.
    • Succession planning in schools Address succession planning in your school with this article. Learn how to identify future leadership needs, develop potential leaders and survey staff to understand their skills and aspirations.
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    • Adding 'phase leader' roles to primary staffing structures How can schools add phase leaders to the staffing structure? We relay advice from three of our associate education experts on how to do this, the potential advantages and disadvantages of this approach, and other considerations for schools when making this change to their staffing structure.
    • Administrative staff structures: secondary schools Are there examples of administrative staff structures in secondary schools? We look at examples of administrative staffing structures from secondary schools of different sizes. You will also find links to further articles from The Key, which look at reorganising a school's staffing structure.
    • Administrative support in primary schools How should I structure administrative support in a primary school? We relay advice from a NASBM associate practitioner on what to consider when structuring administrative support in a primary school. We also link to examples of administrative staffing arrangements from primary schools.
    • Central staffing structures in MATs How do MATs structure their central teams? This article looks at examples of central staffing structures in multi-academy trusts (MATs) of different sizes. It also points to further articles from The Key, which link to job descriptions for MAT central staff such as CEOs and HR directors.
    • Co-headship: how to make it work in your school Do you want to improve your work-life balance? Could co-headship be the answer? Find out what you need to do and who to involve to make this a reality.
    • Conducting a school staffing review 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.
    • Distributed leadership structures What is a distributed leadership structure? We refer to guidance from the National College which explains distributed leadership structures, and advice from 2 of our associate education experts. We also link to case studies and further articles from The Key on leadership development.
    • Leadership structures in 'outstanding' schools How you structure your leadership team is an important decision. To help you with this, have a look at how some ‘outstanding’ schools have structured their leadership teams, and read advice on how you can organise your staffing structure.
    • Leadership structures in primary schools How do primary schools structure their leadership teams? We relay advice from three of our associate education experts on different leadership structures. We also refer to examples of leadership structures from schools and link to National College case studies on this topic.
    • Leadership structures in small primary schools Get advice on how leadership in small primary schools might work in practice and find examples of leadership structures from other small primary schools.
    • Must we have a deputy headteacher? It is not mandatory for you to appoint a deputy headteacher at your school. Read the requirements for covering headteacher absence, and find examples of schools without deputy headteachers.
    • Organising a cost-effective staffing structure How can we structure our staff in a cost-effective way? We relay advice from two of our associate education experts on how school staffing structures can be financially efficient. We look at the structure of the SLT, the middle leadership tier and the allocation of TLR payments.
    • Organising a cost-effective support staff structure How can we organise our support staff structure in a cost-efficient way? We relay advice on this question from four of our associate education experts. We also include a case study from a school and a downloadable KeyDoc for calculating support staff salary costs.
    • Primary school staffing structures: examples Are there examples of primary school staffing structures? In this article, you will find examples of staffing structures in one-form, one-and-a-half-form, two-form, three-form and four-form entry primary schools.
    • Staffing structures: small secondary schools Are there examples of staff structures in small secondary schools? We relay examples of staffing structures from secondary schools, all with under 500 pupils on roll. We also link to an article on organising a cost-effective staffing structure.
    • Staffing structures: special schools Is there a recommended staffing structure for a special school? We relay advice from one of our associate education experts and a headteacher of a teaching school. We also look at examples of staffing structures in primary, secondary and all-through special schools.
    • The SENCO as a strategic leader: guidance How can a SENCO become a strategic leader? We relay advice from one of our education experts on how SENCOs can develop their role to become an effective leader of SEN provision. You will also find learning outcomes for the National Award for SEN Co-ordination that relate to leadership.
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    • Alcohol at staff parties It’s for you to decide whether staff can drink alcohol at social events like Christmas parties. Find out what you should consider and how you might fund this, and see how some other schools approach this issue.
    • Building relationships between staff How can we promote good relationships between staff? This article relays advice from 3 of our associate education experts on building relationships between staff, including with the senior leadership team (SLT). It also points to further advice on this issue, and to related articles from The Key.
    • Case studies on reducing marking workload Are there examples of ways to ease marking workload? We set out case studies from primary and secondary schools that manage teacher workload associated with marking.
    • Case studies on staff wellbeing and work-life balance How can schools improve the work-life balance and wellbeing of their staff? We feature case studies from 4 schools, with ideas that could help you retain staff and make savings on your recruitment budget. We also link to an article with advice on strategies to support staff wellbeing.
    • Case study: how one 'outstanding' secondary school cut its marking workload by 75% Barr Beacon School cut down teachers' marking time to less than an hour a day by banning detailed written marking and improving the way staff give feedback to pupils. Read on and download this school's marking policy and other resources to learn how you can make this happen too.
    • Case study: how to offer flexible working to attract outstanding staff and boost retention An innovative timetable enables Manchester Communication Academy to offer flexi days, staggered start times and part-time working – contributing to a 90% staff retention rate. Read on for ideas about how to implement flexible working in your school.
    • Case study: save teachers 2 hours a day with strategic minimal marking Headteacher Clare Sealy stopped written marking in her primary school and made feedback and pupil self-assessment part of every lesson without compromising on pupil outcomes. This is how she did it, and how you can too.
    • Conquer your inbox: tips and tricks Reclaim your evenings with expert advice on organising your inbox and changing your school's behaviour around sending emails.
    • Creating a staff mental health and wellbeing action plan Is there advice on creating a staff mental health and wellbeing action plan? This article looks at measuring wellbeing and actions you could take. It relays advice from our associate education experts, and includes a downloadable KeyDoc template for an action plan.
    • DfE report on workload and marking We summarise the Independent Teacher Workload Review Group's March 2016 report on eliminating unnecessary workload associated with marking in just one page. You can also download a copy of this QuickRead as a ready-made resource to share with colleagues.
    • DfE report on workload and planning We summarise the Independent Teacher Workload Review Group's March 2016 report on eliminating unnecessary workload associated with lesson planning, in just one page. You can also download a copy of this QuickRead as a ready-made resource to share with colleagues.
    • Effective flexible working arrangements How can flexible working arrangements benefit schools? We look at DfE and Acas guidance on how flexible working can improve staff retention and reduce the need for costly recruitment rounds. We also relay DfE guidance on how schools can overcome common concerns about flexible working.
    • Flexible working: examples Job share arrangements can boost retention and reduce levels of absence, sickness and stress. We link to an example of how flexible working can be managed from a teaching union and further examples from schools and LAs.
    • Flexible working for senior leaders Can staff in the leadership group have flexible working arrangements? We relay guidance on senior leaders’ rights and schools’ duties in relation to flexible working. You will also find expert advice on determining pay, hours and duties for a member of the leadership team who is working part-time.
    • Improving staff wellbeing and work-life balance: strategies Follow these tips to improve the work-life balance of your staff, and learn how you can make sure your employees have a voice on workload issues.
    • Managing workload (headteachers) How can headteachers better manage their workloads? We spoke to 3 of our associate experts, all current or former headteachers. They provided advice on delegation, communication and time management. You will also find an example of how one teaching school headteacher prepares for the school year.
    • Marking: maintaining a work-life balance How can teachers manage their marking and maintain a work-life balance? We link to strategies for reducing time spent marking. We also look at statutory guidance on work-life balance and relay Ofsted's clarification on inspectors' expectations for marking and feedback.
    • Marking mythbuster Meaningful feedback that improves pupils’ work does not have to be written. However, many school leaders are still telling us that they are struggling with reducing marking workload in their school. To help, we've put together this mythbuster to help you work out what you don't have to worry about.
    • New headteacher's presentation to staff: content What should a new headteacher include in a presentation to staff? We relay advice from one of our associate education experts, Jenny Moss, on what to include in an introductory speech to staff. We also link to further articles for new headteachers.
    • Poll comments: Easter holiday opening and activities Tell us more about about your school's plans over the Easter holidays.
    • Poll: Easter holiday opening and activities Is your school staying open on Good Friday and Easter Monday? What activities, if any, are you setting for pupils over the Easter holiday?
    • Poll results: how to reduce your teachers' workload School leaders like you have stopped many time-consuming tasks in their school without negatively impacting pupil outcomes. See what you and your team can stop doing too.
    • Poll results: teaching assistants working from home What are you asking your teaching assistants to do if they aren’t going into school this term?
    • Pre-flight meeting checklist Cut the time you and your staff spend in meetings by using our downloadable pre-flight checklist. It will help you to decide when you definitely need a meeting, who really needs to be there, and when to send a memo instead.
    • Rewarding staff: payments, perks and incentives Learn the rules on financial and non-financial rewards for staff and read our advice on rewards and perks for staff.
    • Slash teachers' workload: what to stop doing Cut out these 8 time-consuming practices and win back precious hours for your staff, without sacrificing learning or inspection outcomes.
    • Staff retention Is there any advice on retaining staff? We relay advice and case studies from senior leaders at teaching schools, an executive headteacher, a recruitment specialist, and the headteacher of a primary school. We also highlight how good recruitment lays the foundations for boosting retention.
    • Staffroom: promoting a positive environment How can we promote a positive ethos in the staffroom? We relay guidance from one of our associate education experts on creating a positive environment in the staffroom, including how to establish protocol and acknowledge concerns. We also link to articles on staff wellbeing and dealing with negativity.
    • Staff survey pack Everything you need to create your survey – a statement bank covering a range of topics, a survey template and a letter to staff. Plus, examples from schools.
    • Staff wellbeing days Are there examples of staff wellbeing and motivation days? We relay advice from one of our associate education experts and refer to examples of wellbeing days from a school and from universities.
    • Staff wellbeing questionnaires Are there questionnaires for auditing staff wellbeing? In this article, we link to examples of staff wellbeing questionnaires. You will also find 2 case studies, including one showing how a school used survey results to plan changes to its working practices and environment.
    • Start-of-year presentations and meetings for staff Is there advice on running start-of-year presentations and meetings? We relay advice from one of our associate education experts on what to include in such a presentation and link to examples of presentations. We also include advice from another expert on running start-of-year meetings.
    • Strategies to combat stress for small school headteachers Endless to-do lists and no-one to delegate to? Running a small school is challenging, but you can reduce the impact your workload has on your health with these achievable strategies from our experts in leadership and wellbeing.
    • Supporting trans staff How can we support a staff member who is trans? We outline schools' legal responsibilities towards trans staff, and relay guidance on topics including changing records, communicating about a transition to parents and pupils, and the use of toilets and changing rooms.
    • Teacher workload audit tool Download our teacher workload audit tool to cut down on time wasted on ineffective or unproductive tasks.
    • What not to do with pupil performance data Ofsted has warned against excessive use of data to assess pupil performance because it is not always reliable. Here are 5 common data practices that you could stop doing, and strategies to use instead, to identify what your pupils know and drive down teacher workload.
    • Workload: get to the heart of what's overloading your staff with 'keep, tweak or ditch' Keen to address workload but don't know where to start? See the wood from the trees with Kensington Primary School's democratic, no-nonsense way to spot and solve the biggest burdens for everyone on your staff team.
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