How to approve a school policy: process
Governors are responsible for approving the majority of school policies. Understand how approval can be delegated and why it can be a good idea, and what to ask before approving anything. Also read good practice on signing and storing them.
Ask if you really need the policy
Policy overload causes hours of lost work for you and your school leaders. Make sure your school only creates policies when they're absolutely necessary.
Use the flowchart below when reviewing an existing policy to sense check if you still need it or if you can trim it down.
You can also use our flowchart before asking your school leaders to write a new policy, to determine whether the policy is really what’s needed, or whether you could achieve the same outcome by another means.
For a list of the statutory policies your school must have, see this article.
Flowchart: do we need a policy on this?
Be clear who needs to approve the policy
Some statutory policies have specific approval rules, while others are up to your board to decide For non-statutory policies, it's up to your board to decide who can approve them. It'll typically be: The full board A