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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 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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    • 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.
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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 Download 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.
    • 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 Follow 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 UpdatedTeachers 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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: 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 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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    • 10 ways to support staff wellbeing and work-life balance UpdatedFind out how 3 schools reduced workload and improved work-life balance for their staff. Use their ideas to retain great people, save on recruitment and make your school a happier place.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • How to create a staff mental health and wellbeing action plan Know what good staff mental health and wellbeing looks like and get advice on achieving it. Use our template to help you create a staff mental health and wellbeing action plan.
    • How to escalate staff wellbeing concerns As a line manager, find out how and when to escalate wellbeing concerns about your staff, so you can effectively support them at school.
    • How to run a working group to improve staff wellbeing: case study Hardenhuish School's wellbeing and workload working group comes together to discuss practical solutions to discrete workload burdens, and implement new initiatives based on best practice. Hear how Jo Glossop, the school's assistant head, set it up and how you can too.
    • How to run welfare checks for school staff Know how to conduct wellbeing checks with your staff so you can effectively provide support and respond to any problems they have. Download our list of discussion questions to help you prepare.
    • 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 Find out how to introduce yourself to staff for the first time and get advice on what you should cover to help you set the groundwork for building good relationships.
    • 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 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: how to spot early signs of depression and anxiety With an open and honest wellbeing culture in place, you may be able to spot problems early. Get advice on what to look for and what to do if you have concerns.
    • Staff wellbeing: how to use individual action plans Find out if individual wellbeing action plans are right for your school, so you can help support your staff. Download our template and see an example plan to help you confidently create your own.
    • Staff wellbeing questionnaires See what the potential benefits of a questionnaire are, examples of questionnaires, and what to do with the data.
    • Staff wellbeing toolkit for line managers The pressures of coronavirus mean that looking after the wellbeing of your staff is especially important. Use these resources to help you spot wellbeing challenges, take the appropriate next steps, and support a whole-school focus on wellbeing.
    • 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.
    • 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 Use our teacher workload audit tool to spot workload issues and 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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