All employees except:
- Newly Qualified Teachers
- Chief Executive, Section 151 Officer and Monitoring Officer
- Agency Workers - although informal processes can be used
The probation period is generally six months although for Newly Qualified Social Workers (NQSWs) in their ASYE and Youth Workers the period is 12 months.
All issues relating to disciplinary matters, sickness and performance concerns will be dealt with under this procedure during the probationary period.
Reviews will normally be conducted at months one, three and five. For NQSW’s and Youth Workers these will be adjusted to months three, six and nine.
If concerns are sufficiently serious, example, an allegation of gross misconduct, a recommendation to escalate to Final Review Meeting can be made at any point during the formal probation process in consultation with the HR representative.
Consideration should be given to the impact of School Holiday periods for term-time workers and Teachers and timescales may be adjusted.
Member-level/Governing Body appointments
A decision to dismiss under this Procedure will be made by Members or the School Governing Body (subject to delegations). Appeals related to a dismissal would be referred to the Member Staffing Appeals Panel or the Governing Body Appeal Panel.
Any recommendation to dismiss would be subject to the Council’s Executive Objections procedure
Any recommendation to dismiss the Director of Public Health would be subject to consultation with the Secretary of State for Health.