Last reviewed on 8 July 2021
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Exit interviews help you find out why staff are leaving and potentially improve staff retention in future. Use our template and see example policies from schools to help you carry out an exit interview.

Download our exit interview questionnaire

Download the template and add further questions specific to your school's setting. Use the questions as prompts for an exit interview or give the document to staff as a questionnaire to fill in. 

Consider these key points  No statutory requirements There’s no statutory requirement to do exit interviews. If you choose to do them, be consistent and aim to do an exit interview with all staff who are leaving. It's a good idea to set out your process in a relevant policy.  Since there’s no requirement to do them, employees can refuse to take part. Purpose You want to get honest feedback on the person's experiences working at the school, so you can see where improvements can be made. Explain this in your policy, or when inviting someone to an interview. People involved Exit interviews are normally done by: The person's line manager Another manager Your school’s HR staff Governors should only be involved in exit interviews for senior