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Is there advice on holding staff disciplinary hearings? The DfE does not set out how staff discipline hearings should be held. We look at guidance from Acas and a local authority, and refer to advice from a union, two of our associate education experts, and a law firm.

Holding a staff disciplinary hearing

Some schools refer to the body that convenes disciplinary hearings for staff as a dismissal panel or dismissal committee. Here, we use the term ‘disciplinary panel’.

Make sure your proceedings are professional and fair

Governmental information for employers explains:

The law doesn't say exactly how you should investigate disciplinary issues or hold disciplinary meetings.

It suggests that employers follow guidance from the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (Acas) to ensure that disciplinary proceedings are professional and fair.

Taking disciplinary action against an employee, GOV.UK

The Governance Handbook, published by the Department for Education (DfE), says that school governing boards should be mindful of their obligations under employment law and take the Acas code of practice into account.

The governance handbook, GOV.UK – DfE, see

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