Last reviewed on 12 October 2021
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If you're reorganising your school's staffing structure, read this article to make sure you understand the process.

Usually this process will be carried out by the headteacher, not governors. It's set out here so you know what to expect.

The same process can be followed whether you're restructuring the senior leadership team (SLT), teaching staff, support staff, or your entire staffing structure. 

Plan the restructure

The first steps are to:

  • Agree that a restructure is necessary
  • Plan what you would like to do, and what your new structure looks like

If you haven't done these steps yet, read our advice and 'questions to ask' at the planning stage first. 

Decide the selection criteria

Your headteacher, with support from your HR provider, will decide how you'll choose who will take on any new or changed roles and potentially who will be made redundant.

To avoid having to make compulsory redundancies, you might first ask employees if they’d like to volunteer for redundancy or take early retirement. If you're