Good management, clear expectations and appropriate support will go a long way towards addressing weaknesses in performance. Early identification of problems through performance review will help to avoid the need for formal capability procedures. In some cases an improvement may be achieved informally with a minimum of support and attention. In others a more formal approach will be necessary.

This statutory guidance helps schools deal with problems of teacher capability. It recommends a model procedure that is fair, efficient and in accordance with good employment practice.

The guidance provides a model capability procedure for teachers which governing bodies should either adopt or use to review their school's procedure and gives advice on using the procedure.


  • Introduction
  • Key points
  • Model staff capability procedure
  • Applying the procedures
  • The Outline Capability Procedure
  • ACAS guidance