Alcohol at staff parties

It’s up to you to decide whether staff can drink alcohol at social events. Take a look at some of the things to consider, and see how other schools approach this issue.

Last reviewed on 29 November 2023
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Contents
  1. The choice is yours – there's no official guidance on this
  2. If the event’s during the school day, don’t have alcohol
  3. Can we use the school budget?
  4. What do other schools do?

The choice is yours there's no official guidance on this

The DfE doesn't have specific rules on this. That means that whether staff can pop a cork or 2 is at the discretion of the headteacher and the governing board. 

Check with your local authority (LA) first if you're a maintained school because it may have its own rules. 

Be sensitive to your staff’s needs

If you expect staff to pay for the alcohol themselves (see below), it's important that you make sure that nobody feels obligated to contribute. Remember that rising living costs will be putting strain on many people's household

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