Statutory guidance

Managing staff employment in schools

Statutory guidance to help schools make and manage staff appointments.



This statutory guidance is for:

  • headteachers
  • local authorities
  • governing bodies

It applies to all local-authority-maintained schools.

Statutory guidance sets out what schools and local authorities must do to comply with the law. You should follow the guidance unless you have a very good reason not to.

The supplementary advice outlines schools’ responsibilities to check staff:

  • capability
  • criminal records
  • prohibition orders

This guidance relates to the following legislation: