How to review a trust-wide policy
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
- A 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)
- Data protection
- 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