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NEW REVISED RECRUITMENT GUIDANCE - OCTOBER 2016. All supporting documentation including Model letters, Job description, Person Specification etc. can be found below:


New Revised Recruitment Guidance -  2016


Guidance Documents

A&B Guidance for Governing Bodies 2016

A&B Recruitment Checklist 2016

CES Recruitment Documents - User Guide

CES Memorandum on Appointment of Teachers

CES Memorandum on Appointments

CES Guidance for Governors - Recruitment

CES Applicants Declaration - CES Contracts

Advisory Rights of the Local Authority

Equal Opportunities 

Eqaulity Act 2010 Reasonable Adjustment Statement

Unlawful Discrimination

Notes on Religious Practice and Marital Status

Safeguarding Children


Model Letters Templates

A&B Model Letter from the Chair of Governors

CES Model Invitation to Interview Letter

Model Advert Template 

Model Job Description - Headteacher

Model Person Specification - Headteacher

Model Letter to Successful Candidates

Model Interview Timetable (1)

Model Professional Reference Form

Model Interview Timetable (2)

Model Letter - Priest Reference

Model Agenda for Ratification Meeting




The CES updated their model policies and procedures in the summer of 2018. These documents include the CES Model Capability Policy and Procedure, CES Model Sickness Absence Policy and Procedure, CES Model Grievance Resolution Policy and Procedure, CES Model Disciplinary Policy and Procedure, CES Model Appraisal Policy and Procedure and CES Model Contracts of Employment.

The updated policies and procedures can be found at:

The CES has produced a summary of the main changes.  (This was made in response to feedback from national trade unions).  This summary is available by checking here.




Catholic Education Service (CES) Application Forms for schools recruiting for various posts within Catholic schools.

  • Leadership Application Form
  • Teacher Application Form
  • Support Staff Application Form
  • Lay Chaplain Application Form

 Also available are the following documents which supplement the application forms:

  • Notes to Applicants
  • Recruitment Monitoring Information Form
  • Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 Disclosure Form

As these forms are regularly updated and to make sure schools use the latest version each time a post is advertised, schools should go to the applicable page of the CES website at:




The Memorandum on Appointment of Teachers in Catholic Schools is an important document.  Issued by the Bishops of England and Wales, it sets out their collective requirement on all Catholic schools, be they maintained schools, independent schools, non-maintained special schools or academies, in relation to staffing and the use of CES contracts of employment, workplace policies and associated model employment documents for Catholic schools. 

The CES published the amended version of this important document on 11 September 2014.  All Catholic school governing bodies must ensure they have a copy of the Memorandum and that they comply with it.

When considering senior leadership appointments, governors should also refer to the Diocesan Guidance for Governing Bodies and Headteachers on the appointment of Headteachers, Deputy Headteachers, Assistant Headteachers and Heads of Religious Education, which is available to download from this website. 

 CES Memorandum on Appointment of Teachers in Catholic schools