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Introduction to Managing Sickness Absence in Schools

3 hours
£475 + VAT

What this course contains

This course summarises the basic steps, procedures and legal considerations involved in dealing with both short-term and long-term absence. Attendees will be given an opportunity to reflect on examples of sickness absence and evaluate their understanding of the procedures involved and legal considerations to be aware of. This will include evaluating the management of sickness absence both formally and informally, setting periods of review and using sickness absence trigger points to ensure that situations are managed effectively.

Intended outcomes

Course participants will be able to:

  • Familiarise themselves with the elements of an effective Managing Sickness Absence Policy
  • Understand when and how to use Occupational Health referrals
  • Learn how to manage short-term absence
  • Learn how to manage long-term absence
  • Recognise Trigger Points for absence
  • Ensure a fair process
  • Consider the legal issues
  • Consider appropriate sanctions and dismissal
  • Recognise when to move to formal sickness absence management

Who is this course for

This course is an Introduction to Managing Sickness Absence and is aimed at aspiring members of the Senior Leadership Team, newly appointed Line Managers, members of the Governing Body and School Business Managers new to the role.

The cost

The course costs £475 + VAT and can be delivered on site to up to 10 delegates

If two three hour courses booked for the same day, the cost is £795 + VAT.


To successfully complete the course, attendees will be required to pass a short assessment.


Upon successful completion of the course attendees will be issued a CPD accredited certificate. The course equates to 3 hours of CPD.

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Don't forget...

.... that our HR Advisory service now includes an annual visit to your school.  You can use this visit to apprise us of any new developments in your school or alternatively to assist you with any HR issues that are better dealt with face to face.

There is no extra cost for this visit and it is available to all HR Advisory clients old and new.  If you would like to book a visit by one of our consultants to your school, please contact us on 0845 459 7013.

"We first contacted Judicium during an episode with a particularly difficult member of staff. In contrast to the "soft" advice we had been receiving up to this date, Judicium told us exactly what we had to do to meet our objectives. The issue was resolved rapidly and in the best interests of my school.” Paul Thomas, Head teacher - Victory Community School