Staff handbook: guidance and examples

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

Last reviewed on 13 October 2023
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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.

Make sure it's easily accessible for staff – for example, on your school website.

There are no specific requirements for staff handbooks

All staff must read section 1 of Keeping Children Safe in Education (KCSIE), but otherwise there are no requirements on what documents or policies staff members need to read.

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