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We bust some of the myths around compliance in schools. Use this 2-minute read to put your mind at rest and stop ticking boxes that don't need to be ticked. You'll also find a link to The Key's Compliance Tracker, which helps you track your statutory obligations and monitor compliance.

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Schools often ask us about how to stay on top of compliance. Sometimes schools ask about requirements that don't exist, so we've put together some of the common compliance myths in one handy page, so you can stop spending time on unnecessary tasks. 

Myth - Schools must have a home-school agreement

FACT - Home-school agreements, which set out the values and aims of the school, have not been required since January 2016. They were removed by the Deregulation Act, although schools can still choose to have them.

Myth - Curriculum policies are required for each subject

FACT - Both academies and maintained schools are required to publish the content of the curriculum the school follows in every academic year for each subject, and details of how to obtain additional information relating to the curriculum. However, you do not have to have a policy for each subject, or a curriculum policy at all.

You can use our policy bank to find model documents and real-life examples of a range of policies.

Myth - Schools have to record an individual’s address on the SCR

FACT - The DfE's statutory safeguarding guidance does not require schools to record an individual’s address on the SCR. However, it is best practice to ask employees to confirm when they have changed address so that you can update their staff file. 

We have created a single central record template, which complies with requirements as set out in the statutory safeguarding guidance, Keeping Children Safe in Education.

Myth - The GDPR requires documents to be kept for set amounts of time

FACT - The GDPR does not require schools to keep documents for a set amount of time. It simply requires all schools, including independent schools, not to keep records for longer than necessary. Schools should follow the IRMS toolkit for guidance when deciding how long to retain specific documents for.

Myth - Governors are required to undergo training

FACT - The DfE does not require governors to undergo training. However, the Governance Handbook says that there is an expectation for governors to undertake "whatever training or development activity is needed to fill any gaps in the skills they have to contribute to effective governance". Read more on The Key for School Governors.

Myth - Schools must record DBS certificate numbers on the SCR

FACT - A member of staff’s DBS certificate number is not required to be on the SCR. Read about what is required in our article on the SCR.

Myth - Schools must have a British values policy

FACT - Schools are required to promote British values. However, they are not required to actually have a policy on this. Other articles look at how you can promote British values in the curriculum and how policies can incorporate British values.

Myth - All policies need to be signed off by the full governing body

FACT - Different policies require different levels of approval. Not all of them need to be approved by the full governing body - in many cases approval can be delegated to the headteacher or a governing board committee. The DfE's guidance on statutory policies and documents for schools explains the level of approval required for different policies.


Get more facts about compliance

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Use Compliance Tracker to stay on track with what you are required to do. It's free with your membership of The Key and provides:

  • A comprehensive list of statutory requirements in 7 areas
  • An easy-to-understand explanation of each requirement
  • Practical guidance on what you need to do

You can also record whether you comply with statutory requirements, set review dates, download compliance reports, and get email alerts about upcoming tasks.

Get started with Compliance Tracker today:

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