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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.
    • Guide to difficult conversations with staff Prepare yourself for challenging conversations with staff by following our tips on how to give feedback, develop questioning skills and practice active listening, so you can approach your meetings with confidence.
    • 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.
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    • Advice for a new deputy headteacher If you're starting out as a deputy headteacher, understand your responsibilities and how to prepare to deputise. Be clear on the benefits of mentoring schemes and effective stakeholder relationships.
    • Consulting staff: guidance Find out how you should consult staff about proposed changes, and use our model consultation letters to invite staff to express their views on issues such as staff restructures and changes to holiday and pay arrangements.
    • 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.
    • How to reorganise your staff structure UpdatedFollow our step-by-step guide to make sure you stay compliant when restructuring. It includes guidance on sharing staff across schools, the consultation process and making changes to an employment contract.
    • New headteachers: questions to ask your SLT Ask your SLT these questions in the early days of headship so you can learn more about how your leadership team works, the strengths and weaknesses of your staff and the school's context.
    • 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.
    • Salary safeguarding Teachers may be entitled to safeguarded pay if their role changes as a result of a restructure or the closure of the school. Understand how to calculate a safeguarded sum and the required duration of safeguarding.
    • 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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    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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: special schools Read expert advice on reviewing your staffing structure, and see examples of structures from 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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