How to review your staff disciplinary procedures

Understand how to review your school/trust's staff disciplinary procedures, including questions you can ask. Save time with our policy checklist, and use our model policy to see what good looks like.

Last reviewed on 17 April 2024See updates
Ref: 38497
Statutory/mandatory for:
Maintained schools
Free schools
Independent schools
Sixth-form colleges
Pupil referral units
Non-maintained special schools
  1. Key facts
  2. What this policy needs to do
  3. 3 key questions to challenge this policy
  4. Take a look at our model policy
  5. Examples from schools

What this policy needs to do

It should cover:

  • The purpose of the disciplinary policy and procedures
  • When formal disciplinary procedures will be followed, that minor disciplinary issues are best dealt with informally first
  • The initial investigation process, including:
    • Who will be involved
    • Timelines
    • How the employee will be informed of the investigation and invited to meetings
  • How meetings to discuss the problem will be held, including:
    • Timelines and structure of the meetings
    • Information regarding witnesses and companions
  • Possible courses of action after meetings
  • Appeals 
  • Working with trade unions
  • How special cases will be dealt with
  • Record keeping

Download our checklist

Use this checklist to help you ask questions of your school leaders, to make sure they've covered everything they need to in the policy.

Download: staff disciplinary policy checklist DOCX, 131.2 KB

3 key questions to challenge this policy

1. What's changed in this most recent update, and why? 

The School Staffing (England) Regulations

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