new on 29 April 2022
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Get advice on how to look at any policy your trust sets centrally with a critical eye, so you can be assured it’s fit for purpose for a school or trust.

Note, if you’re on:

  • The board of trustees, you’ll be reviewing trust-wide policies that’ll be set for all schools within your trust
  • local governing body (LGB) it’s unlikely you’ll need to review trust-wide policies in detail, as they will have already been reviewed by the board of trustees. You’ll make sure any policies have been adapted for your school where necessary - you can find question prompts later in this article

What policies should be trust-wide?

There are no hard and fast rules, but generally speaking, centrally-set policies will typically include:

  • HR policies (e.g. pay, maternity and whistle-blowing)
  • Finance
  • Data protection
  • Complaints
  • Equality information and objectives
  • Freedom of information

Other policies can be set centrally, but schools should adapt them, such as:

  • Health and safety
  • Child protection
  • SEN policy and information report

Find out more about setting policies centrally here.

This could be the full board of trustees, or a trust committee if