Complaints guidance and toolkit

Toolkit and complaints procedure

Complaints guidance and toolkit

The ‘Complaints Guidance and Toolkit’ for schools produced by Babcock LDP on behalf of Devon County Council enables governors, trustees, senior leaders and clerks to ensure that they can deal with complaints and concerns with confidence.

The toolkit is in six parts:

  • Practical advice for schools when dealing with parental concerns or complaints
  • Practical advice for parents and carers who want to raise a concern about a maintained school or standalone academy (The School’s Model Complaints Policy / Procedure)        
  • Practical advice for parents and carers who want to raise a concern about an academy within a multi-academy trust (The School’s Model Complaints Policy / Procedure)
  • Guidance on developing clear parental expectations and managing unreasonable behaviour
  • A model policy for managing unreasonable behaviour
  • Model letters.

It is essential that schools do not just adopt the model policies as they are, but consider each section carefully to add their own context and details.

Please also see the details for the mediation service in the booklet available to download below.

Complaints against governors

Complaints against governors

This guidance jointly produced by the Exeter Diocese and the Governance Consultancy Team suggests how to handle the complaints process when the complaint relates to a governor. It may be an internal complaint, from a member of staff or another governor on the same board, or might be an external complaint from a third party. Boards are recommended to have a Code of Conduct in place, which all governors agree to uphold. Governors hold a public office and as such should also uphold the Nolan Principles of Public Life, namely:

  • Selflessness
  • Integrity
  • Objectivity
  • Accountability
  • Openness
  • Honesty
  • Leadership.

The guidance document, available to download below, suggests how the board can deal with and resolve a complaint involving a governor effectively, suggesting that a resolution to the issue should be sought at the least formal level in the first instance; complaints should be resolved as quickly as possible and the process of resolving a complaint should not be allowed to undermine the work of the governing board. Where help and support is needed in managing a complaint against a governor, this could be sought from ourselves, the Diocese or another school governing board.

Resources

Guidance on dealing with complaints against governors

Mediation service information for schools

Part 1 - Practical advice for schools when dealing with parental concerns or complaints

Part 2 - Practical advice for parents and carers who want to raise a concern about a maintained school or standalone academy (The School’s Model Complaints Policy / Procedure)

Part 2a - Practical advice for parents and carers who want to raise a concern about an academy within a multi-academy trust (The School’s Model Complaints Policy / Procedure)

Part 3 - Guidance on developing clear parental expectations and managing unreasonable behaviour

Part 4 - A model policy for managing unreasonable behaviour

Part 5 - Model letters

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