Staff handbooks

Save yourself time by reading what to include in your staff handbook, and using our examples from schools for inspiration.

Last reviewed on 16 June 2022
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  1. What to include
  2. Examples from schools 

What to include

A staff handbook should bring together any of the employment information that employees need to know which doesn't change too often. 

You should organise your handbook in a way that will help new (and existing) staff easily find the information they need.

Review the handbook regularly, for example every term, to make sure that all the information it contains is accurate and up to date.

School context:  Number of pupils on roll  % of pupils eligible for free school meals (FSM) % of pupils with special educational needs % of pupils with English as an additional language (EAL) Number of looked-after children  School values:   Vision, aims and mission statement School expectations and behaviour code (pupils and staff).  Dress code (pupils and staff) Anti-bullying and harassment policy How the school welcomes and supports new staff, and your ongoing commitment to staff wellbeing How the school supports pupils' spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) development  School organisation:  Timetables, including school hours,