Recruiting school staff: template application form

Adapt our template job application form for all your teaching and support staff roles. Find out when you can ask about criminal records and be clear on your requirements when recruiting staff who are from, or have lived or worked, outside the UK.

Last reviewed on 10 June 2024See updates
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Contents
  1. Download our template application form
  2. Asking shortlisted applicants about criminal records: what you should know
  3. Recruiting staff who are from or have lived/worked overseas

Download our template application form

It's easily adaptable for both teaching and non-teaching roles.

Keydoc: application form for school staff – template DOC, 278.0 KB

We worked with Forbes Solicitors and recruitment expert Tony Cook to develop the template. It complies with employment law, safeguarding requirements and data protection regulations.

You should only accept a CV alongside an application form

This is because a CV on its own won't provide you with all the information you need.

This is set out in paragraph 220 of KCSIE 2024.

Using our template in faith schools

Faith schools can use our template when recruiting for non-protected posts. 

If you're recruiting for a post where a candidate's religious beliefs are integral to the job (such as a 'reserved teacher'), work with the appropriate religious authority to make sure you’re asking the right questions.

Along with the application form, your job advert must include your commitment to

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