Last reviewed on 1 October 2021
School types: All · School phases: All
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Find out what you're required to do when handling a resignation from a member of staff, and download our template letter to help you put your response in writing.

You must respond in certain ways

When a member of staff resigns, you must:

  • Ask the employee to confirm their resignation in writing
  • Tell the employee what the notice period is
  • Agree with the employee when their last day at work will be
  • Confirm whether the employee should work all or part of their notice period

This is set out on the GOV.UK website.

You can't refuse to accept an employee’s resignation (see the section below on this).

Always ask for resignations to be given in writing, as verbal resignations could lead to claims of unfair dismissal. 

Guidance for maintained schools transferring to academies 

If your school is transferring from a maintained school to an academy and staff don’t want their contracts to be transferred to the academy trust, you can consider them to have resigned from the date of the transfer.

Get redundancy pay or statutory redundancy