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  • Lockdown procedures: guidance and examples

    Are there examples of lockdown policies? We link to examples of lockdown of premises policies from primary and secondary schools. We also look at guidance from local authorities and insurance companies, as well as advice from one of our associate experts.

  • SEN information report: requirements
    Statutory/mandatory Model policy

    What must governors report to parents about SEN provision? An SEN information report that is easy for parents to access must be published on the school website. We include a model SEN information report, look at what this should include and explain the difference between the information report, SEN policy, and local offer.

  • Governor visits to the school: policies

    Is there a model policy on governors conducting school visits? In this article, we link to model policies on governor monitoring visits from two local authorities. We also refer to examples of policies from primary, secondary and special schools.

  • Complaints policies
    Statutory/mandatory Model policy

    This article includes our downloadable model complaints procedure that you can adapt to your context. It looks at the requirements to have a complaints procedure, and examples of complaints policies and procedures from local authorities, maintained schools and academies.

  • Written statement of behaviour principles (maintained)
    Statutory/mandatory Model policy

    What should a statement of behaviour principles include? We link to DfE guidance on the governors' statement of behaviour principles and examples from primary and secondary schools. We also include an update on whether the requirement for a written behaviour statement is being removed.

  • PSED: publishing equality information and objectives
    Statutory/mandatory Model policy

    Use The Key's model document for equality information and objectives. This article also includes examples from schools, a guide to writing objectives and information on PSED requirements.

  • Health and safety policies
    Statutory/mandatory Model policy

    Are there any examples of health and safety policies? We refer to policies from nursery, primary, secondary and special schools. We also relay guidance from the Department for Education on what to include in a health and safety policy.

  • Governor induction policies

    Are there examples of governor induction policies? We link to examples of policies from a local authority and four schools. We also link to further articles on governor induction and training.

  • Child protection policies: examples and checklist
    Statutory/mandatory Model policy

    Are there examples of child protection policies? This article links to a model child protection policy, as well as recently updated child protection and safeguarding policies from good and outstanding schools. It also features a downloadable KeyDoc child protection policy checklist.

  • Instrument of government: examples and guidance
    Statutory/mandatory Model policy

    This article includes our model instrument of government, which maintained schools can use as a template, and provide a KeyDoc checklist of what must be included. We look at creating and changing an instrument of government, and link to examples from schools.

  • Accessibility plans: requirements and examples
    Statutory/mandatory Model policy

    What should be in an accessibility plan? We look at advice from the DfE on the governing body's legal duty to prepare an accessibility plan. We also provide our model accessibility plan, which is approved by a law firm, and link to examples of plans from primary, secondary and special schools.

  • Governors' allowances and expenses policies
    Statutory/mandatory Model policy

    The Key has created a model governors' allowances policy for you to adapt and use to stay compliant. We also provide a policy checklist to use when creating or reviewing your own policy and look at examples of policies from primary, secondary and special schools.

  • Staff wellbeing policies

    Are there examples of policies for staff wellbeing? This article cites examples of staff wellbeing policies from five schools and a local authority. It also points to another of our articles, which highlights how other policies can address staff wellbeing.

  • Data protection policies and privacy notices
    Statutory/mandatory Model policy

    The Key has created a model data protection policy and privacy notice for you to adapt and use to stay compliant. We also look at examples of policies from primary, secondary and special schools.

  • Safeguarding: related policies

    Which policies fall under the umbrella of safeguarding? There is no definitive list of which policies relate to safeguarding. We look at examples from schools and local authorities and explain schools' duty to safeguard pupils.

  • Freedom of information: publication schemes
    Statutory/mandatory Model policy

    What is a freedom of information publication scheme? This article links to the model freedom of information publication scheme from the Information Commissioner’s Office and explains the requirement for all public authorities to adopt the scheme.

  • Sex and relationship education (SRE) policies
    Statutory/mandatory Model policy

    Are there examples of sex and relationship education policies? We link to examples of sex and relationship education (SRE) policies from primary, secondary and special schools, including schools with a religious character.

  • Teacher's pay policies
    Statutory/mandatory Model policy

    This article features our downloadable model pay policy, approved by a law firm and a union. It also features a policy checklist, looks at whether pay policies can be delegated, and includes examples of pay policies from primary, secondary and special schools.

  • Behaviour policies: requirements and examples
    Statutory/mandatory Model policy

    Are there examples of behaviour policies? We set out requirements for school behaviour policies and link to examples from primary, secondary and special schools. You will also find a downloadable KeyDoc checklist to help you check that your own policy is compliant.

  • Online safety policies

    Are there examples of e-safety policies? We look at examples of e-safety policies from primary, secondary and special schools. You will also find an e-safety policy template from a local authority and videos on e-safety issues.

  • Special educational needs (SEN) policies
    Statutory/mandatory Model policy

    Are there examples of SEN policies? This article sets out the difference between SEN policies and SEN information reports, and features a model policy and downloadable checklist setting out what a SEN policy should include. We also look at different approaches schools have taken to publishing their SEN policies.

  • Whistle-blowing policies
    Statutory/mandatory

    Are there examples of policies on whistle-blowing? We refer to policies from primary, secondary and special schools, including examples from maintained schools and academies. We also look at whether schools are required to have a whistle-blowing policy in place.

  • Equality policies

    Are there examples of equality policies? We outline equality policies from a range of schools, all revised since the introduction of the Equality Act 2010. We also link to a template policy from a local authority and to guidance on duties contained in the Equality Act 2010.

  • Teacher appraisal policies
    Statutory/mandatory Model policy

    This article points to school policies covering appraisal of teachers' performance. It also highlights model policies from the DfE and unions, and relays advice on introducing a new policy.

  • Charging and remissions policies
    Statutory/mandatory Model policy

    The Key has created a model charging and remissions policy for you to adapt and use to stay compliant. We also look at examples of policies from primary, secondary and special schools.

  • Staff disciplinary procedures
    Statutory/mandatory Model policy

    Are there examples of staff disciplinary procedures? This article includes examples of disciplinary policies used by primary, secondary and special schools. It also has a policy checklist, created by a HR expert, to help you write and review your policy.

  • Curriculum policies

    Are there examples of school curriculum policies? In this article, we include examples of curriculum policies from primary, secondary and special schools. We also relay advice from one of our associate education experts on curriculum policies.

  • Finance policies

    Are there any examples of school finance policies? In this article, we summarise model finance policies for schools from a local authority, primary and secondary schools, and link to information on the Schools Financial Value Standard. We also point to information on finance committees.

  • Exclusion policies
    Model policy

    Are there any examples of school exclusion policies? We link to examples of exclusion policies from maintained schools, academies and a special school. We also link to further articles from The Key that look in more detail at the exclusion process and governors' role in it.

  • Allegations against staff: policies and procedures
    Statutory/mandatory Model policy

    Are there policies for dealing with allegations of abuse by staff? We link to four examples of policies from schools and a model procedure from a local authority. We also look at statutory guidance from the DfE on managing allegations of abuse against staff.

  • Parental engagement policies

    Are there examples of parental engagement policies? We link to parental engagement policies from primary, secondary and special schools. These policies look at the schools' aims and objectives and how they will act to meet them.

  • Anti-bullying policies

    Are there any examples of anti-bullying policies? We refer to a local authority's model anti-bullying policy and examples of policies from infant, primary, secondary and special schools. You will also find tips on implementing an anti-bullying policy.

  • Attendance policies

    Are there any examples of attendance policies? This article highlights examples of attendance policies from primary and secondary schools with above-average attendance rates. You will also find examples of attendance policies from special schools.

  • Staff codes of conduct: examples
    Statutory/mandatory Model policy

    In this article, you can download our model staff code of conduct, which is approved by a law firm and the NAHT. This article also sets out examples of staff codes of conduct from primary, secondary and special schools. You can see examples that cover the Prevent duty, and relay suggested contents for a code of conduct from a teaching school.

  • Pupil premium policies

    Are there examples of pupil premium policies? We link to examples of pupil premium policies from primary, secondary and special schools. Three of these schools have won awards for their use of the pupil premium.

  • Monitoring and evaluation policies and calendars

    Are there examples of monitoring policies? We link to examples of monitoring and evaluation policies from primary, secondary and special schools. We also refer to calendars and plans that outline when monitoring activities should take place.

  • Safer recruitment policies
    Model policy

    Are there examples of safer recruitment policies? This article refers to the DfE's safeguarding guidance and highlights safer recruitment policies from primary, secondary and special schools.

  • Headteacher capability procedures
    Statutory/mandatory Model policy

    What is the process for headteacher capability procedures? Schools can set their own capability procedures and decide who is responsible for initiating them. We look at the process outlined in the DfE's model capability policy and link to examples from schools.

  • Supporting pupils with medical conditions policies
    Statutory/mandatory Model policy

    Are there examples of a medical conditions policy? This article includes our model policy and to examples of medical conditions policies from schools. We also refer to DfE guidance on the contents of a medical conditions policy.

  • Social media policies

    Are there any examples of social media policies? In this article, we link to social media policies from primary, secondary and special schools.

  • Risk assessment policies
    Statutory/mandatory Model policy

    Are there any examples of risk assessment policies? We include our model policy, and link to examples of policies from schools. We also look at guidance on conducting risk assessments from the Health and Safety Executive.

  • Governor training policies

    What should we include in a governor training policy? This article looks at the contents of governor training policies from primary and secondary schools. We also link to further articles from The Key on governor training.

  • Reserves policies from multi-academy trusts

    Are there examples of reserves policies from MATs? We link to examples of reserves policies from multi-academy trusts (MATs) and a template reserves policy from NASBM and the Education Funding Agency (EFA). We also relay EFA guidance on what to include in a reserves policy.

  • Educational visits policies

    Are there examples of policies for school trips? We link to examples of educational visits policies from four primary and three secondary schools. They cover topics such as ordering packed lunches from the school kitchen and ensuring parental consent.

  • Lettings policies

    Are there examples of lettings policies for schools? We look at lettings policies from primary, secondary and special schools. Policies from maintained schools and academies are included. We also cite our article setting out rules and responsibilities around school lettings.

  • Staff sickness and absence policies

    Are there examples of policies for managing staff absence? This article points to model policies and procedures from local authorities and to examples from schools. It also looks at what governors can do if they have concerns about the way absences are reported and managed.

  • Dealing with abusive parents and visitors: policies

    Are there policies for dealing with abusive parents or visitors? This article points to policies from primary and secondary schools. It also links to guidance from a local authority on keeping schools safe and managing abusive visitors.

  • Conflicts of interest policies (academies)

    Are there examples of conflicts of interest policies for academies? We link to examples of policies from standalone and multi-academy trusts. We also look at advice from the Charity Commission on writing a conflicts of interest policy.

  • Finance policies (academies)

    Are there examples of finance policies from academies? This article links to a selection of finance policies from primary, secondary and special academies, as well as multi-academy trust. We look at which finance-related policies an academy should have.

  • Critical incident policies

    Are there examples of critical incident policies from schools? We look at DfE guidance on what an emergency plan should include, and link to examples of critical incident policies from primary and secondary schools. We also link to a model policy from a local authority.

  • Leave of absence policies

    Are there examples of leave of absence policies? In this article, we look at staff leave of absence policies from one local authority and several schools. We also refer to union guidance on writing a staff leave of absence policy.

  • Teaching and learning policies

    Are there examples of teaching and learning policies? We look at teaching and learning policies from primary, secondary and special schools. We also relay advice on what to include.

  • Inclusion policies

    Are there examples of inclusion policies? We link to examples of inclusion policies from a primary school, a secondary school, and a special school.

  • Prevent duty statements and policies

    Are there examples of Prevent statements? We link to Prevent statements and policies from a range of primary and secondary schools. We also relay guidance from the DfE on the requirement to have procedures on this issue.

  • ICT and internet acceptable use policies

    Are there policies on acceptable use of ICT and the internet? We look at policies for both pupils and staff from primary schools, secondary schools, and special schools. We also refer to archived guidance from Becta on what to include in such a policy.

  • Governing board succession planning

    How can we build a succession planning policy for the board? We relay guidance from one of our associate education experts on how to structure an effective succession planning policy, and link to further resources from The Key. We also link to succession planning policies from schools.

  • School lettings policies: safeguarding

    Are there examples of lettings policies which refer to safeguarding? This article highlights examples of how schools include safeguarding in their lettings policies, and links to local authority guidance on safeguarding in in school lettings.

  • Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) policies
    Statutory/mandatory Model policy

    Are there examples of EYFS policies? We look at Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) policies from primary schools and a special school, and pick out features that might help you write your own. We also link to an article summarising the DfE's EYFS framework.

  • Looked after children policies

    Are there examples of policies for looked after children (LAC)? We link to policies from primary and secondary schools, and to model policies published by local authorities. We also refer to guidance on reviewing your school's LAC policy.

  • Administration of medicines policies

    Are there examples of administration of medicines policies? We link to examples of administration of medicines policies from schools. We also outline tips from one of our associate experts on monitoring the policy, and link to medical policies guidance from the DfE.

  • Visitors in school: policies and codes of conduct

    Are there policies on visitors in schools? This article highlights primary and secondary school policies relating to visitors, including visitors from external agencies. It also points to safeguarding and confidentiality policies and to codes of conduct for visitors.

  • More able/gifted and talented policies

    Are there examples of more able/gifted and talented policies? We link to examples of policies from primary, secondary, all-through and special schools. The policies look at aspects such as defining 'most able', schools' provision for these pupils and how they will monitor and develop it.

  • Drug policies

    Are there examples of drug policies from schools? We link to policies from a range of schools. We also look at advice on writing a school drug policy, from the DfE and the Association of Chief Police Officers, a local authority and a charity.

  • CCTV: policies and guidance

    Are there examples of CCTV policies from schools? We look at closed-circuit television (CCTV) policies from primary and secondary schools. We also cite guidance from a local authority and link to the CCTV Code of Practice from the Information Commissioner's Office.

  • First aid policies
    Statutory/mandatory Model policy

    This article includes our model first aid policy, that can be easily adapted to suit your school's context. It also looks at examples of first aid policies from primary, secondary and special schools.

  • Assessment policies
    Model policy

    The Key has created a model assessment policy for you to adapt and use to stay compliant. We also link to examples from primary, secondary and secondary schools.

  • Admissions policies
    Statutory/mandatory Model policy

    This article includes a model admissions policy which meets the requirements of the School Admissions Code. It can be easily adapted for use by maintained schools and academies. The article also links to examples of admissions policies from schools.

  • Reasonable force and power to search policies

    Should we have a reasonable force policy? There is no requirement to have a policy on the use of force, but it is good practice to include such information in your behaviour policy. We look at DfE advice on using reasonable force and searching, and link to examples of policies from schools.

  • Premises management policies and strategies
    Statutory/mandatory

    Are there any examples of premises management policies? We link to examples of premises management policies from primary and secondary schools. We also link to premises management strategies, and guidance from the DfE.

  • Personal, social, health and economic education (PSHE) policies

    Are there examples of PSHE policies? In this article, we link to examples of personal, social, health and economic education (PSHE) policies from primary, secondary and special schools.

  • Staff capability policies and procedures
    Statutory/mandatory Model policy

    This article includes our model capability policy, which you can download and adapt to your school's context. It also links to examples of policies from primary, secondary and special schools.

  • Examination contingency plans
    Statutory/mandatory Model policy

    Are there examples of examination contingency plans? Awarding bodies require exam centres to have exam contingency plans. We refer to guidance on exam contingency planning from the DfE and Ofqual, and link to examples of contingency plans.

  • Gifts and hospitality: policies and guidance

    Are there examples of gifts and hospitality policies and registers? This article highlights gifts and hospitality policies from primary, secondary and special schools. You will also find a gifts and hospitality register, policy writing guidance, and HMRC’s position on pupils’ gifts to school staff.

  • Governor attendance policies

    Are there examples of governor attendance policies? We link to examples of attendance policies from governing boards in maintained schools and academies, including a local governing body. We also link to further guidance on managing non-attendance of governors.

  • Competitive tendering policies (academies)
    Statutory/mandatory Model policy

    Are there examples of competitive tendering policies for academies? This article includes our downloadable model policy that you can adapt to your school's context. It also links to examples of tendering policies from multi-academy trusts and standalone academies, DfE guidance on typical values for different levels of purchase, and EU purchase thresholds.

  • Staff grievance procedures: examples
    Statutory/mandatory Model policy

    In this article, you can download our model grievance procedure that you can easily adapt to your school's context. This article also looks at grievance policies and procedures used by primary and secondary schools, and includes a grievance procedure checklist created by a HR expert.

  • Accounting policies (academies)
    Statutory/mandatory Model policy

    Are there examples of academy accounting policies? This article includes our model accounting policy, as well as templates from the ESFA, and NASBM. The article also looks at examples of policies from academy trusts.

  • Investment policies
    Statutory/mandatory Model policy

    Are there examples of investment policies? This article links to our model policy and to a model policy created by NASBM and the EFSA. It also looks at investment policies from multi-academy trusts (MATs). It also points to articles about other finance-related policies trusts must have.

  • Sun protection policies and guidance

    Are there school policies and guidance on sun protection? We link to policies on sun protection from primary and secondary schools, as well as a nursery school. We also relay advice on providing shade during hot weather.

  • Non-examination assessment policies
    Statutory/mandatory Model policy

    Are there examples of non-examination assessment policies? In this article, we explain that exam centres are required by the Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ) to have a non-examination assessment policy. We also include our model policy and examples of policies from schools.