This section gives full guidance on appointing staff and on pre and post recruitment activity. It also contains the necessary forms and standard letters to assist you in managing your recruitment process.

The guidance in this section includes both statutory requirements applicable to all employers and guidance specific to all maintained schools. The detailed guidance normally makes the distinction explicit. Academies and free schools should therefore be able to decide which parts of the guidance applies to them and to any staff transferred to them with protected salaries and conditions of service.

Please also refer to supplementary services for further recruitment and selection help and information.