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  • Data protection policy and privacy notices: models
    Model policy Statutory/mandatory

    Our GDPR-compliant model data protection policy and privacy notices for parents, pupils, staff and others will help make sure you're compliant with the data protection reforms. You can download them and get your SLT started on adapting them to your context.

  • 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.

  • SEN information report: requirements and model
    Model policy Statutory/mandatory

    Schools must have a policy and information report on SEN, but these can be one document. Download our model SEN policy and information report, and use our jargon buster to understand the difference between the information report, the policy, and the local offer.

  • Lockdown procedures: template and guidance

    Your school leaders can use our template lockdown procedure to keep your school community safe in the event of a critical incident. The guidance and examples in this article will also help you adapt the template to meet your school's specific needs.

  • Complaints policies
    Model policy Statutory/mandatory

    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.

  • Publishing equality information and objectives
    Model policy Statutory/mandatory

    Use The Key's model document for equality information and objectives and read about the requirements to comply with the Public Sector Equality Duty.

  • 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.

  • Health and safety policies
    Model policy Statutory/mandatory

    Save time and stay compliant by using and adapting our model health and safety policy. Look at examples of policies from primary, secondary and special schools.

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

    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.

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

    Save time and stay compliant by using our model instrument of government for maintained schools. Read about what to include and how to create it.

  • Child protection policy: model and examples
    Model policy Statutory/mandatory

    Save time and stay compliant by using and adapting our model safeguarding policy. You can also use our downloadable checklist to help review your policy.

  • Accessibility plan: model and examples
    Model policy Statutory/mandatory

    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 policy
    Model policy Statutory/mandatory

    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.

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

    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.

  • Teachers' pay policy: model and examples
    Model policy Statutory/mandatory

    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 policy: model and examples
    Model policy Statutory/mandatory

    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.

  • Sex and relationship education (SRE) policy: model and examples
    Model policy Statutory/mandatory

    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.

  • Staff disciplinary procedures
    Model policy Statutory/mandatory

    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.

  • Online safety policies
    Model policy

    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 our downloadable e-safety policy template that you can adapt to your context.

  • 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.

  • Exclusion policy: model and examples
    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.

  • Curriculum policy: model and examples
    Model policy

    Are there examples of school curriculum policies? In this article, we include our model curriculum policy that you can download and adapt to your setting. We also link to examples of curriculum policies from primary, secondary and special schools.

  • Charging and remissions policy: model and examples
    Model policy Statutory/mandatory

    Save time and stay compliant by using and adapting our model charging and remissions policy. Look at examples of policies from primary, secondary and special schools.

  • Teacher appraisal policy: model and examples
    Model policy Statutory/mandatory

    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.

  • 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.

  • Finance policy

    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.

  • Attendance policy
    Model policy

    We provide a model attendance policy and link to 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.

  • Allegations against staff: model and examples
    Model policy Statutory/mandatory

    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.

  • Risk assessment policy: model and examples
    Model policy Statutory/mandatory

    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Staff code of conduct: model and examples
    Model policy Statutory/mandatory

    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.

  • Headteacher capability procedure: model and examples
    Model policy Statutory/mandatory

    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.

  • Safer recruitment policy: model and examples
    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.

  • Critical incident plans and policies

    Prepare for emergencies by making sure your school has a critical incident policy. Read our article to find out what you should include and take a look at other school policies to see how they’ve set theirs.

  • Supporting pupils with medical conditions policy: model and examples
    Model policy Statutory/mandatory

    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.

  • 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.

  • Pupil premium policy
    Model policy

    Download our model pupil premium policy, which you can adapt to your school's context. This article also links to an annotated pupil premium policy from a school with tips on how the school developed it, and examples of policies from primary, secondary and special schools.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 policy

    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Most able/gifted and talented policy

    If you are reviewing your most able/gifted and talented policy and need some inspiration, take a look at these policies from primary schools, secondary schools and a special school.

  • 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.

  • Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) policy: model and examples
    Model policy

    Are there examples of early years policies from schools? We have created a model Early Years Foundation (EYFS) policy that you can adapt and download. We also link to examples from a range of maintained primary, primary academies and an all-through special school.

  • First aid policy: model and examples
    Model policy Statutory/mandatory

    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.

  • Provider access policy statement: example

    Are there examples of provider access policy statements? All maintained schools and academies providing secondary education are required to publish on their website a policy statement on access for education and training providers. We set out requirements, and link to an example of a policy.

  • Premises management policies and strategies
    Model policy Statutory/mandatory

    This article includes our model premises management policy that you can adapt to suit your school. 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.

  • Admissions policy
    Model policy Statutory/mandatory

    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.

  • 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.

  • Staff grievance procedures: examples
    Model policy Statutory/mandatory

    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.

  • Staff capability policies and procedures
    Model policy Statutory/mandatory

    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.

  • Gifts and hospitality: policies and guidance
    Model policy

    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.

  • Assessment policy: model and examples
    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.

  • 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.

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

    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.

  • 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.

  • Examination contingency plans
    Model policy Statutory/mandatory

    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.

  • Accounting policy (academies)
    Model policy Statutory/mandatory

    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 policy
    Model policy Statutory/mandatory

    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.

  • Non-examination assessment policy: model and examples
    Model policy Statutory/mandatory

    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.

  • Lone working policies

    Are there examples of lone working policies? We refer to examples of lone working policies from schools and guidance on working alone.

  • Sun protection policies

    Are there school policies on sun protection? We link to policies on sun protection from primary and secondary schools, as well as a nursery school.