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DfE Staffing and employment advice for schools.

DfE Staffing and employment advice for schools.

This advice is designed to help employers in all schools with staffing and employment issues, and to inform their decision making. It advises on matters contained within the School Staffing (England) Regulations 2009 for maintained schools and for independent schools, which include academies and free schools, the Education (Independent School Standards) Regulations 2014 and on wider staffing and employment issues. It draws attention to relevant legislation and sources of up-to-date guidance and advice that employers need to consider, some of which may be statutory guidance. The legislation and guidance referenced in the advice is not exhaustive and following it will not relieve governing bodies, academy trusts or local authorities of any duties imposed upon them in their capacity as employers by other legislation.

1.2 Governing bodies, including academy trusts, should ensure that they have access to appropriate professional advice and support from reliable and accredited individuals or organisations, including legal advice where necessary. The departmental Governance Handbook will provide assistance and expert advice can be obtained from local authority HR services and other HR providers. All schools are likely to benefit from familiarising themselves with the wide range of guidance and advice provided by the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (Acas) to help employers with HR and employment matters. An index of Acas’s employer advice is available and any employer can contact the Acas Helpline on 0300 123 1100 for advice, or use its online tool - Acas Helpline Online.

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