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Disciplinary procedures

How to adopt staff disciplinary procedures and tips for managing an effective disciplinary process.


Governing boards must establish disciplinary procedures that apply in cases where an employee’s conduct falls below the expected standard.

Disciplinary procedures should set out a non-exhaustive list of what is defined as misconduct and gross misconduct, as well as the possible outcomes arising from use of the procedure.

In most cases, disciplinary procedures are dealt with at line management level and so do not require the involvement of governing boards. However, there are exceptions where the board will need to be involved in disciplinary meetings and appeals.

Our disciplinary procedures guidance for governing boards covers:

  • adopting a disciplinary procedure
  • the stages of disciplinary procedures
  • taking part in disciplinary meetings and appeals
  • tips to manage an effective process

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