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Essential Leadership Skills: Managing Disciplinary Hearings

Unipart House, Garsington Road, Cowley
Course Tutors
Theresa Mayne
Admin Contact
Sarah Knight (
Target Audience
Governor / Headteachers
Course Types
Workshop, Training day
Course Categories
Leadership / Governors
Leadership / Personnel & Human Resources
Course Description


This half day workshop is one of four workshops designed to give Headteachers, and others with line management responsibility, an understanding of, and the tools, to be able to manage school employees throughout their employment. The workshops are a mix of practical and psychological aspects of people management and are based on a case study to bring the subjects to life in a way that is easy to remember and gives you an opportunity to practice the key concepts of the subject.

By the end of this workshop you will have a good understanding of how to manage conflict that may require instigating formal procedures. In the workshop you will learn how to manage a disciplinary hearing covering all the necessary steps in order to comply with the ACAS Code of Practice on Discipline and Grievance. You will cover investigations, suspension, union representation and formal and informal outcomes.

The workshop also looks at how to manage conflict in the early stages which can lead to avoiding the formal stages of the Disciplinary Procedure.

Full programme for all workshops:

Day 1 - Wednesday 20th March 2019
Managing Disciplinary Hearings - 9.30am to 12.30pm 
Managing Grievance Hearings - 1.30pm to 4.30pm

Day 2 - Wednesday 26th June 2019
Employee Engagement - 9.30am to 12.30pm
Managing Change - 1.30pm to 4.30pm

Cost: £75 per session

Training Objectives

Attending a half day workshop provides individuals with an opportunity to develop their knowledge and confidence in the following areas:

  • The legal framework that underpins discipline in the workplace

  • The informal and formal stages of a disciplinary procedure

  • Identify the difference between conduct and capability

  • Identify the difference between misconduct and gross misconduct

  • Learn when it is appropriate to suspend an employee

  • The importance of a full and fair investigation

  • The importance of a paper trail and note taking

  • Identifying the right outcome and how to communicate this

  • The obligations and benefits of a fair and consistent approach

  • The role of a Union Representative

Learning Outcomes

The learning outcomes for the course are that each participant will be able to:

  • Clarify who has responsibility for staff conduct management and the roles that each person plays in the process

  • Build confidence in dealing with conflict

  • The limitations of the Union Representative – what they can and can’t do

  • The implications of not managing conflict or managing it inconsistently

  • Understand the legal and HR process to avoid a breach of contract or unfair dismissal

Additional Information
Start Date
Wednesday 20 March 2019
End Date
Wednesday 20 March 2019
Closing Date
Monday 18 March 2019
09:30 - 12:30
Maximum Places
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