Primary staffing structures: examples

Take a look at how school staffing structures can vary with our examples from a range of primary schools.

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  1. Staffing structures look different from school to school
  2. 1-form entry school
  3. 1-and-a-half form entry school
  4. 2-form entry school
  5. 3-form entry schools
  6. 4-form entry school

Staffing structures look different from school to school

While there are certain roles that schools must have in place, there's no single staff structure that suits every school.

The structure that bests suits your school depends on contextual factors such as:

  • Funding
  • Pupil demographics
  • School improvement priorities

The most important thing is that your school invests in the right mix of staff and high-quality professional development to deliver excellent pupil outcomes. See page 4 of the Department for Education's (DfE's) guidance on school workforce planning.

Your school should review its staff structures regularly

This should be done as part of annual school improvement, curriculum and financial planning.

Effective school workforce planning is not solely about examining the number of staff – it should lead to the more effective and efficient use of your existing

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