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Last reviewed on 3 November 2021
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School types: Academy · School phases: All

Learn how you can advertise your vacancies and get up to speed on the expectations in Keeping Children Safe in Education 2021 for what to include in your job advert.

It's good practice to advertise all vacancies 

There's no set requirements on whether you have to advertise a vacancy. However, it's good practice to do so. 

The School Staffing (England) Regulations 2009, which set out provisions relating to the appointment of staff in maintained schools in England, do not apply to academies and free schools.

There are requirements around what you include in the job advert, which we outline below. 

Choose whether to use internal or external adverts

It's up to you to decide whether to advertise a post internally or externally.

You should use: 

In adverts for support

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