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

    Schools are free to decide the format of their accessibility plan and many include the plan as part of their accessibility policy. This article includes our model accessibility plan that you can adapt to suit your schools. It also links to examples of plans from primary, secondary and special schools.

  • Lockdown procedures: guidance and examples

    Is there guidance for schools on establishing lockdown procedures? We look at whether schools are required to have a lockdown procedure and relay guidance on what these procedures should cover. You will also find examples of lockdown procedures from primary, secondary and special schools.

  • SEN information report: model
    Statutory/mandatory Model policy

    What must be included in our SEN information report? We look at the requirement to publish a special educational needs (SEN) information report and what to include. We also provide model and template reports, and a downloadable checklist of required contents.

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

    In this article, you can download our model staff code of conduct, approved by a law firm and the NAHT. It can be easily adapted to suit your school's context. You can also look at examples of codes of conduct from primary and secondary schools.

  • Behaviour policy: model and examples
    Statutory/mandatory Model policy

    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 find tips on writing an implementing a behaviour policy, and a downloadable KeyDoc checklist to help you write your own.

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

    Are there examples of child protection and safeguarding policies? This article links to a model child protection policy, as well as recently updated child protection and safeguarding policies from good and outstanding schools. It also features a downloadable KeyDoc child protection policy checklist.

  • Data protection policy and privacy notice: model and examples
    Statutory/mandatory Model policy

    The Key has created a model data protection policy and privacy notice for you to adapt and use to stay compliant. We also look at examples of policies from primary, secondary and special schools.

  • Teaching and learning policy

    Are there examples of teaching and learning policies? This article highlights examples of teaching and learning policies from primary, secondary and special schools. It also includes advice from one of our associate education experts, who provides tips on writing a teaching and learning policy.

  • SEN information report: examples
    Statutory/mandatory Model policy

    Are there examples of SEN information reports in line with the 2014 regulations? In this article, we look at special educational needs (SEN) information reports from nursery, primary, secondary and special schools. We also include our model SEN information report.

  • Attendance policies

    Are there any examples of attendance policies? This article highlights 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.

  • Special educational needs (SEN) policies
    Statutory/mandatory Model policy

    Are there examples of SEN policies? This article features a model SEN policy and a KeyDoc checklist setting out what an SEN policy should include. It also links to examples of SEN policies from schools and explains the difference between an SEN policy and an SEN information report.

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

    Are there examples of policies on supporting pupils with medical conditions? This article features our model policy and a downloadable KeyDoc checklist for what to include. We also link to example policies from schools, including policies that cover long-term and complex medical conditions.

  • Equality policies

    Are there examples of equality policies from schools? This article highlights policies from primary, secondary and special schools, written in the context of the Equality Act 2010. It cites expert advice on writing an equality policy, and it links to more articles on schools' equality responsibilities.

  • Safer recruitment policy: model and examples
    Model policy

    Are there any examples of safer recruitment policies? We relay statutory guidance on written recruitment and selection policies and procedures. You will also find examples of safer recruitment policies from a number of schools that meet requirements set out in Keeping Children Safe in Education.

  • Online safety policies

    Are there examples of e-safety policies? We look at e-safety policy templates from local authorities, and examples of e-safety policies from primary, secondary and special schools. You will also find expert advice on the key elements of a school e-safety policy.

  • Health and safety policy: model and examples
    Statutory/mandatory Model policy

    Are there any examples of health and safety policies? This article features our model policy and a downloadable KeyDoc checklist of things to include in a health and safety policy. We also refer to examples from schools and relay guidance from the Department for Education.

  • Assessment policy (primary): model and examples
    Model policy

    The Key has created a model assessment policy for you to adapt and use to stay compliant. We also look at examples of policies from primary schools and relay advice on how to write your own policy from one of our associate experts.

  • Anti-bullying policies

    Are there any examples of anti-bullying policies? We refer to a LA's model anti-bullying policy and examples of policies from infant, primary, secondary and special schools. You will also find advice on whether to update your policy in line with DfE guidance updated in July 2017.

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

    The Key has created a model charging and remissions policy for you to adapt and use to stay compliant. We also look at examples of policies from nursery, primary and secondary schools and link to our policy checklist.

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

    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.

  • Exclusion policy: model and examples
    Model policy

    This article includes our model exclusions policy that you can adapt to your school's context, save time and stay compliant. It also looks at exclusion policies from primary, secondary and special schools.

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

    Are there examples of policies for dealing with allegations against staff? This article cites examples of relevant school and LA policies, links to guidance on the procedures for dealing with allegations, and features a downloadable KeyDoc checklist to use when writing and reviewing your policy.

  • Curriculum policy
    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.

  • School staff dress codes

    Are there examples of staff dress codes from schools? We refer to examples of staff dress codes from primary and secondary schools. We also link to further articles from The Key on introducing staff dress codes, and look at whether dress codes might differ in special schools.

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

    This article includes a model appraisal policy that you can adapt to your school's context. It also links to examples of school policies covering appraisal of teachers' performance, as well as model policies from the DfE and unions.

  • Pupil premium policy

    Are there any examples of pupil premium policies? We link to an annotated policy from a school with tips on how the school developed it. We also include examples from primary, secondary and special schools, and give tips to bear in mind when writing your own policy.

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

    Are there examples of early years policies from schools? In this article, we look at Early Years Foundation (EYFS) policies from a range of maintained primary, primary academies and an all-through special school.

  • ICT and internet acceptable use policies

    Are there school policies on acceptable use of ICT and the internet? This article highlights acceptable use policies and agreements for pupils and staff, and relays advice on asking staff to sign policies or agreements. You will also find guidance on creating an acceptable use policy.

  • Equality information and objectives under the PSED: model and examples
    Statutory/mandatory Model policy

    Use The Key's model document for equality information and objectives. This article also includes examples from schools, a guide to writing objectives and information on the PSED requirements.

  • Staff disciplinary procedures: model and examples
    Statutory/mandatory Model policy

    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.

  • School staff induction policies

    Are there examples of staff induction policies from schools? We look at examples of policies from a primary, a secondary and a special school. We also set out guidance from local authorities on writing an induction policy and include a case study of induction arrangements in a teaching school.

  • SRE policy: model and guidance
    Statutory/mandatory Model policy

    We provide a model sex and relationship education (SRE) policy, as well as a checklist to help you develop and review your own policy. We also outline the requirements around SRE policies, including what they must cover, and refer to guidance on writing and consulting on the policy.

  • Staff wellbeing and work-life balance policies

    Are there examples of staff wellbeing and work-life balance policies? In this article, we look at examples of staff wellbeing and work-life balance policies from primary, secondary and special schools. You will also find model policies from a union and a local authority.

  • Intimate care: policies and guidance

    Are there examples of intimate care policies? We link to examples of personal and intimate care policies from a local authority and schools. You will also find tips on writing a policy from one of our associate experts.

  • Social media policies: examples

    Are there examples of social media policies? In this article, we look at social media policies from two primary schools and two secondary schools. You will also find a link to a further article with guidance for staff on using social media.

  • Marking policy (primary)

    Are there examples of marking policies from primary schools? In this article, we look at marking and feedback policies from primary schools. We include a case study on how one school developed its marking policy and link to examples of marking codes for KS1 and KS2.

  • Staff capability policy and procedures: model and examples
    Statutory/mandatory Model policy

    This article includes our model staff capability policy that you can download and adapt to your school's context. It also links to examples of policies from primary, secondary and special schools.

  • Homework policy

    Are there examples of homework policies? This article looks at homework policies from primary, secondary and special schools. You will find examples from a range of maintained schools and academies.

  • Staff sickness and absence policies

    Are there examples of policies for managing staff absence? This article highlights absence and attendance policies and procedures from a local authority and from primary, secondary and special schools. We also cite further articles about dealing with sickness absence.

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

    This article features our downloadable model pay policy, approved by a law firm and a union. It also features a policy checklist, and looks at pay policies from primary, secondary and special schools.

  • Lunchtime supervision policies and procedures

    Are there examples of lunchtime supervision policies? This article looks at examples of lunchtime supervision policies from primary schools. We also link to examples of documents from secondary schools and a special school which set out their arrangements for lunchtime supervision.

  • More able/gifted and talented policy

    Are there examples of gifted and talented (G&T) policies? In this article we look at policies on more able and G&T pupils from schools. We also include a case study on developing a more able pupils policy, and link to further information explaining that the term ‘G&T’ is no longer officially used.

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

    Are there examples of PSHE policies? In this article, we include an annotated personal, social, health and education (PSHE) policy from an infant and nursery school. We also look at examples of PSHE policies from various types of schools including secondary and independent schools.

  • Premises management policies and strategies
    Statutory/mandatory Model policy

    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.

  • Monitoring and evaluation policies and calendars

    Are there examples of monitoring policies? This article highlights examples of monitoring and evaluation policies from primary, secondary and special schools. It also include calendars and plans suggesting when monitoring activities should take place.

  • Statement of behaviour principles: model and examples
    Statutory/mandatory Model policy

    Must schools have a statement of behaviour principles? We explain which schools are required to have a written statement of behaviour principles, and relay guidance on what these should contain. We also point to examples of statements from schools, and link to information about behaviour policies.

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

    This article includes our model sex and relationship education (SRE) policy that you can download and adapt to your context. It also includes examples of SRE policies from a range of first and primary schools.

  • Mobile phone policies: school staff

    Are there policies on staff use of mobile phones? We refer to policies that cover staff members’ use of personal mobile phones and work phones, and we relay advice from a union on writing a mobile phone policy for staff.

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

    Are there any examples of risk assessment policies? In this article, we include our model policy and link to examples of school policies on assessing risks to health and safety. We also relay guidance on conducting risk assessments from the Health and Safety Executive.

  • Literacy and English policy (primary)

    Are there examples of literacy policies from primary schools? We link to examples of English and literacy policies from maintained primary schools and academies. We also include tips from one of our experts on writing a literacy policy.

  • Whistle-blowing: policies and guidance
    Statutory/mandatory

    Are there any examples of whistle-blowing policies? We link to a model policy from a local authority and examples from primary, secondary and special schools. We also link to information on whistle-blowing from the DfE, and further articles from The Key on handling allegations against staff.

  • Critical incident policies

    Do you have an example of a critical incident policy? This article highlights critical incident policies from primary, secondary and special schools. It also relays top tips on critical incident policies from one of our associate education experts.

  • Looked after children policies

    Are there examples of policies for looked after children? This article highlights policies on the education of looked after children (LAC), or children looked after (CLA), from primary, secondary and special schools. You will also find a link to statutory DfE guidance on LAC.

  • British values policy

    How have schools included British values in their policies? In this article, we include stand-alone British values policies and a range of other policies that set out how schools promote British values. We also relay advice from one of our experts on how to include British values in school policies.

  • Governors' allowances and expenses policy: model and examples
    Statutory/mandatory Model policy

    The Key has created a model governors' allowances policy for you to adapt and use to stay compliant. We also look at examples of policies from primary, secondary and special schools and relay advice on how to write your own policy from one of our associate experts.

  • School lettings policies: examples and guidance

    Are there examples of lettings policies from schools? We link to lettings policies from multi-academy trusts (MATs), and primary, secondary and special schools. We also relay advice from one of our experts on writing a lettings policy, and link to further articles from The Key on writing policies.

  • Drugs policies

    Are there any examples of drugs policies? This article looks at drugs policies from primary and secondary schools and a pupil referral unit. It also cites the DfE's and a local authority's guidance on writing a drugs policy, and addresses how policies refer to 'legal highs'.

  • Physical restraint policies

    Are there examples of physical restraint policies from schools? In this article, we look at physical restraint policies from primary, secondary and special schools. We also relay advice from the Department for Education (DfE).

  • Continuing professional development (CPD) policies

    Are there examples of CPD policies? We refer to a CPD policy from a local authority and look at examples of policies from primary, secondary and special schools. There is also guidance on writing a policy, and whether it should include personal development provision.

  • Freedom of information: publication schemes
    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.

  • Lone working policies

    Are there any sample lone working policies? In this article, we refer to examples of lone working policies from two primary schools, three secondary schools and a special school. We also refer to guidance on working alone from a local authority.

  • Educational visits policies (primary)

    Are there examples of educational visits policies from primary schools? We outline examples of educational visits policies from primary schools, and include a case study on writing a policy. We also relay advice from one of our associate experts on covering pupils with prior injuries in policies.

  • Complaints procedure: model and examples (maintained)
    Statutory/mandatory Model policy

    This article includes our model complaints procedure and a downloadable KeyDoc with a checklist for creating a complaints procedure. It also points to examples from schools and includes a model procedure on vexatious complaints.

  • Spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) education policy

    Are there any spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) education policies? We link to policies from a variety of schools and relay advice from one of our associate education experts on writing an SMSC development policy. We also include information on creating a joint SMSC and PSHE policy.

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

    This article includes our model sex and relationship education (SRE) policy that you can download and adapt to your context. It also includes examples of SRE policies from a range of secondary schools.

  • Mathematics policy (primary)

    Are there examples of maths policies from primary schools? We link to examples of maths policies from an infant school, a maintained primary school, two primary academies and an all-through special school. You will also find tips from one our associate education experts on writing a maths policy.

  • Special educational needs (SEN) policy summaries

    Are there any examples of SEN policy summaries? This article relays advice from one of our associate experts on what a special educational needs (SEN) policy summary could contain. We also link to policy summaries from a nursery and primary and secondary schools.

  • Sexting policies

    Are there examples of sexting policies for schools? Child protection policies should cover the school’s approach to sexting. We link to examples of sexting policies and policies that refer to sexting from primary and secondary schools. You will also find guidance on handling sexting incidents.

  • Handwriting and presentation policy (primary)

    Are there any examples of policies on presentation and handwriting? We look at examples of handwriting and presentation policies from primary schools across the country. You will find details of schools' expectations for presentation in maths and a guide to developing a handwriting policy.

  • Assessment policy (secondary): model and examples
    Model policy

    The Key has created a model assessment policy for you to adapt and use to stay compliant. We also point to a selection of assessment policies from secondary and special schools. It also links to our QuickRead on the Teacher Workload Review Group's report on marking.

  • Parent behaviour: codes of conduct and policies

    Are there examples of codes of conduct for parents? We link to parent codes of conduct and policies on parental behaviour from schools. We also share advice from NAHT on whether parents have to sign a code of conduct.

  • Inclusion policies

    Are there any examples of inclusion policies? This article links to sample policies from a primary, a secondary, and a special school. We also relay advice on writing your own policy from one of our associate experts.

  • The General Data Protection Regulation: policies

    Are there policies that reflect the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)? This article relays advice from the Information Commissioner’s Office on the GDPR, in force from May 2018, and school policies. You will also find policies from local authorities that mention the GDPR.

  • Children missing education (CME): policies and procedures

    Is there guidance on procedures for children missing education? We set out statutory requirements for school procedures for children missing education (CME), including updated rules on maintaining the admissions register. You will also find links to CME policies that reflect the latest requirements.

  • Finance-related policies and documents for academy trusts

    What finance-related policies and documents must academies have? We set out the financial policies and documents academy trusts are required to hold. This article also looks at the different finance-related policies other academies choose to have.

  • Volunteer policies

    Are there any examples of volunteer policies? In this article, we look at examples of volunteer policies from nursery, primary, secondary and special schools, and a multi-academy trust. We also link to a model policy and guidance on writing a volunteer policy.

  • Gifts and hospitality: policies and guidance

    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.

  • Preventing extremism: policies

    Are there examples of school policies on preventing extremism? Schools are not required to have distinct policies relating to the Prevent duty, though some schools choose to do so. We look at examples of anti-radicalisation policies from primary and secondary schools and a pupil referral unit (PRU).

  • Positive handling policies

    Are there examples of positive handling policies? This article refers to policies from primary, secondary and special schools. You will also find an example from a PRU, and guidance from a local authority on creating a positive handling policy.

  • Bomb threat policies and procedures

    Are there examples of bomb threat policies? We link to bomb threat policies from schools, as well as other policies featuring procedures for dealing with bomb threats and suspicious packages. You will also find a model school emergency plan, which includes a section on bomb threats.

  • Finance policy (academies)

    Are there examples of finance policies from academies? We refer to examples of finance policies from primary and secondary academies, as well as MATs. We also include advice from one of our associate education experts on writing your own finance policy.

  • Closed-circuit television (CCTV) policies

    Are there examples of CCTV policies for schools? We look at a closed-circuit television (CCTV) policy from a local authority, and link to examples from primary and secondary schools. We also link to guidance from a union and the Information Commissioner's Office.

  • Complaints procedure: model and examples (academies)
    Statutory/mandatory Model policy

    This article includes our model complaints procedure and a downloadable KeyDoc with a checklist for creating an academy complaints procedure. It also points to examples from schools.

  • School food policies

    Are there examples of school food policies? This article features examples of food policies from nursery, primary and secondary schools. It also includes advice from one of our experts on writing a school food policy.

  • Before and after-school club policies (primary)

    Are there any examples of after school club policies? This article highlights after school club policies from primary schools. It also looks at policies covering before and after school clubs, and points to further articles from The Key on extended services.

  • Business disaster recovery plans

    Are there examples of business disaster recovery plans? In this article, we link to examples of disaster recovery plans from primary, secondary and special schools. We also link to further articles with examples of critical incident policies and business continuity plans.

  • School security policies

    Are there examples of school security policies? In this article, we refer to security policies from primary, secondary and special schools. You will also find guidance from one of our associate experts on including information about access systems in a policy.

  • Science policy (primary)

    Are there examples of science policies from primary schools? In this article, you will find examples of science policies from maintained primary schools and primary academies. We also link to another article on programmes of study for primary science.

  • Calculation policy (primary)

    Are there examples of calculation policies? This article links to calculation policies from primary schools, and relays advice from two of our associate education experts on calculation policies for schools using Singapore maths. You will also find tips on choosing calculation methods.

  • Records management policies

    Are there examples of records management policies? This article includes examples of records management policies from a range of primary and secondary schools, and a special school. It also looks at whether schools are required to have a records management policy.

  • Support staff appraisal policies: examples

    Are there any examples of appraisal policies for support staff? In this article, we feature examples of appraisal policies for support staff from primary, secondary and special schools. You will also find a model policy produced by a local authority.

  • Arts and music policies (primary)

    Are there arts and music policies from 'outstanding' primary schools? In this article, we look at an example of a school policy that covers both art and music, and examples of separate arts and music policies from schools rated 'outstanding' by Ofsted.

  • English as an additional language (EAL) policy

    Are there examples of English as an additional language (EAL) policies? We point to examples of EAL policies from a range of schools. We also link to other articles on defining EAL and the requirement for schools to return a level of proficiency in English for pupils with EAL in the school census.

  • Dealing with abusive visitors in schools: policies

    Are there any policies on dealing with abusive visitors? In this article, we link to policies from 2 primary schools and 2 secondary schools on dealing with aggressive behaviour from parents and visitors.

  • Equal opportunities and anti-discrimination policies

    Are there policies on equal opportunities and anti-discrimination? This article looks at equal opportunities policies and anti-discrimination policies from primary, secondary and special schools. It also refers to Ofsted's requirements for promoting equality and diversity in schools.

  • Examination contingency plan: model and examples
    Statutory/mandatory Model policy

    The Key has created a model exam contingency plan for you to adapt and use to stay compliant. We also look at examples of policies from primary, secondary and special schools, and relay advice from Ofqual and explain the requirement to have a plan.

  • Recruitment and retention policies

    Are there any examples of recruitment and retention policies? We link to examples of policies from primary and secondary schools, and relay guidance from ASCL on 'finder's fees'. You will also find guidance from a local authority and the National College on recruitment and retention.

  • PE policy (primary)

    Are there any examples of PE policies from primary schools? In this article, we look at PE policies from three maintained schools and an academy. We also link to further articles on health and safety in PE, including assessing risks in the subject.

  • Administering medicines: policies (nursery and infant)

    Are there examples of policies from nursery and infant schools on administering medicines? We link to policies on administering medication from two nursery and two infant schools. You will also find links to resources and more information on administering medicines in school.

  • Staff absence policies: absences other than sick leave

    Are there staff absence policies not related to sick leave? This article looks at policies which outline when staff can be absent for reasons other than sickness. You will also find links to other articles on writing school policies.

  • Computing policy (primary)

    Are there examples of computing policies from primary schools? We look at examples of computing policies from maintained primary schools and academies, and a special school. You will also find links to information on planning and assessing computing, and conducting a computing work scrutiny.

  • Marking policy: pupils responding to feedback (primary)

    How do primary schools enable pupils to respond to feedback? In this article, we look at marking and feedback policies that outline ways in which pupils are encouraged to respond to feedback from teachers.

  • Transition from nursery to reception: policies and procedures

    What procedures do schools follow for children moving into reception? We look at examples of transition policies and procedures for the move from nursery provision to reception from a number of schools and early years settings.

  • Collection and walking home alone policies (primary)

    Are there any policies on collection and children walking home alone? We highlight collection policies from primary schools, an infant school and a nursery school, some of which outline procedures for allowing children to walk home alone or be collected by older siblings.

  • Finance policies (maintained schools)

    Are there examples of finance policies from maintained schools? We look at examples of finance policies from maintained primary schools, secondary schools and a special school. We also include advice from one of our associate education experts on writing your own finance policy.

  • Asbestos management policies

    Are there examples of asbestos policies? This article looks at asbestos management policies from schools and a local authority. It highlights asbestos management plans and guidelines for writing these, and features an asbestos management checklist from the HSE.

  • Mental health policies

    Are there examples of mental health policies for schools? This article looks at mental health policies from primary and secondary schools. It also links to the Department for Education's guidance on supporting pupils with mental health needs.

  • Newly qualified teacher (NQT) induction policies

    Are there examples of newly qualified teacher (NQT) induction policies? We link to examples of NQT induction policies from a primary and a secondary school. You will also find a two model NQT induction policies from local authorities.

  • Marking policy (secondary)

    Are there examples of marking policies from secondary schools? In this article, we include examples of marking policies from maintained secondary schools and secondary academies.

  • Debt recovery policy

    Are there examples of debt recovery policies and procedures? This article links to a model debt recovery policy from a local authority, and examples from schools. We also link to an article with advice on recovering unpaid school dinner money.

  • Monitoring teaching and learning policy (primary)

    Are there examples of policies for monitoring teaching and learning? We link to policies for monitoring teaching and learning from two schools, and to other school policies which refer to monitoring. We also link to further articles on improving teaching and learning.

  • Display policy

    Are there examples of schools’ display policies? This article looks at examples of display policies from a nursery, two primary schools and a secondary school. It also looks at how one primary school refers to displays in its Early Years Foundation Stage policy.

  • Preventing online radicalisation: policies and documents

    Are there policies on preventing online radicalisation? We link to school policies that refer to keeping pupils safe from extremist material online, including a preventing radicalisation policy, a safeguarding policy and an e-safety policy. We also refer to more information on radicalisation in schools.

  • Governor visits policies

    Are there policies on governors visiting the school? We link to model governor visits policies from a local authority, and examples from primary, secondary and special schools. We also link to a related article on governors conducting classroom visits.

  • Numeracy policy

    Are there examples of numeracy policies? This article links to numeracy policies from primary and secondary schools. It also links to our articles on implementing numeracy throughout the curriculum, as well as articles featuring calculation and mathematics policies.

  • Pupil-friendly safeguarding policies

    Are there examples of child-friendly safeguarding policies? We highlight pupil-friendly child protection policies from primary schools, a secondary school and a special school. One of our associate education experts also talks about writing a safeguarding policy for pupils, and explaining the role of the DSL.

  • Pupil wellbeing policies

    Are there any policies on pupil wellbeing? We link to examples of policies from primary, secondary and special schools, guidance on writing a wellbeing policy and recommendations for promoting pupil wellbeing in schools. We also link to an article with staff wellbeing policies.

  • Infectious illnesses in schools: policies and guidance

    Are there examples of infection control policies? We link to infection control policies from nursery, primary, secondary and special schools, and other policies which refer to infectious illnesses. We also relay guidance on keeping children off school following a period of illness.

  • Guided reading policy (primary)

    Are there examples of guided reading policies from primary schools? In this article, we look at guided reading policies from two schools, and examples of reading policies that have sections on guided reading. We also point to further articles from The Key on guided reading.

  • Collective worship policies

    Are there any examples of collective worship policies? We look at examples of collective worship policies from primary, secondary and special schools. We also point to guidance on what to include in a collective worship policy, and a further article from The Key on collective worship requirements.

  • Work experience policy

    Are there examples of work experience policies? We look at work experience policies from three secondary schools and a special school. We also link to resources from schools, including letters to parents and employers.

  • DBS check policies

    Are there examples of policies on DBS checks? We link to policies for schools on Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks from two local authorities and a multi-academy trust. You will also find articles on school safer recruitment and child protection policies.

  • Educational visits policies (secondary)

    Are there examples of educational visits policies from secondary schools? This article points to educational visits policies from secondary schools and local authorities. It also summarises RoSPA's guidance on writing an educational visits policy, and links to a case study on writing a policy.

  • Curriculum policies and subject information

    Are there examples of curriculum policies with subject guidelines? In this article, we look at examples of curriculum policies from primary and secondary schools that include information about different subjects. We also link to more articles and information specifically for middle leaders.

  • Asset management planning: guidance and examples

    Do you have examples of asset management documents that meet the SFVS? We refer to guidance on asset management planning to meet the Schools Financial Value Standard (SFVS) from the Education Funding Agency. We also look at examples of asset management plans from a school and local authorities.

  • School minibus policies

    Are there any examples of school minibus policies? We link to minibus policies from primary, secondary and special schools, as well as road safety resources for employers. We also briefly outline changes to the law on driving under the influence of legal and prescription drugs.

  • History policy (primary)

    Are there examples of history policies from primary schools? We link to examples of history policies from maintained schools and an academy.

  • Careers guidance policy (secondary)

    Are there examples of careers guidance policies from schools? This article looks at careers guidance policies from maintained schools and academies. It also links to Department for Education guidance on schools' statutory duty to provide careers guidance.

  • Bereavement and loss policies

    Are there examples of bereavement policies? We link to bereavement policies from primary, secondary and special schools. We also relay advice from a child bereavement charity on the benefits of having a bereavement policy.

  • Marking symbols for maths: policy (primary)

    Are there examples of symbols to help staff mark maths work? In this article, we look at policies from primary schools that outline symbols used to mark maths work. We also link to another article which looks at research on effective marking strategies.

  • Spelling and phonics policies

    Are there examples of spelling and phonics policies? In this article, we link to examples of spelling and phonics policies from a range of primary schools, as well as examples of policies only referring to spelling and phonics respectively.

  • Female genital mutilation (FGM): policies

    Are there any policies on female genital mutilation (FGM)? This article highlights FGM policies from primary, secondary and special schools. You will see that some schools cover FGM as part of their child protection and safeguarding policies.

  • Reading policy (primary)

    Are there examples of reading policies from primary schools? In this article, we look at reading policies from maintained primary schools, primary academies and an all-through special school. We also link to another article with examples of guided reading policies.

  • Manual handling policies

    Are there examples of manual handling policies? We highlight manual handling policies from primary schools, a secondary school, a special school and local authorities. This article also cites guidance from the Health and Safety Executive on developing a manual handling policy.

  • In-year admissions policies

    Are there any policies on in-year admissions? We link to policies on accepting pupils outside the normal admissions round from a primary school and three secondary schools. We also link to another article which explains when a school can refuse an application for in-year admission.

  • Anti-fraud, bribery and corruption policy

    Are there examples of anti-fraud, bribery and corruption policies? We look at whether schools should have an anti-fraud policy and link to examples from primary, secondary and special schools. We outline guidance on creating such a policy, and include a local authority's model policy.

  • Supporting pupils with asthma: policies

    Are there policies on the use of asthma inhalers in school? In this article we link to examples of asthma policies from primary, secondary and special schools. We also link to another of our articles with guidance on supporting pupils who have asthma.

  • Parental involvement policies

    Are there examples of parental involvement policies? We look at examples of parental involvement/engagement policies from primary, secondary and special schools. You will also find a case study on parental engagement from a school.

  • Competitive tendering policy: model and examples (academies)
    Statutory/mandatory Model policy

    Are there examples of competitive tendering policies for academies? This article includes our downloadable model policy that you can adapt to your school's context. It also links to examples of tendering policies from multi-academy trusts and standalone academies, DfE guidance on typical values for different levels of purchase, and EU purchase thresholds.

  • Banning individuals from the school premises: policies

    Are there any policies on banning parents from the school premises? This article links to policies and procedures from primary and secondary schools. We also link to guidance from the DfE on banning individuals from the school site, and other articles from The Key on dealing with abusive visitors.

  • Mathematics marking policy

    Are there any marking policies for mathematics? We link to examples of mathematics marking policies from primary and secondary schools. We also refer to further articles from The Key on effective marking practice and marking policies from special schools.

  • Examination and appeals policy

    Are there examples of exam policies? This article features examples of exam policies and exam appeals policies from secondary and special schools.

  • Confidentiality policies

    Are there any examples of confidentiality policies from schools? We link to policies from primary and secondary schools, as well as an example from a special school. We also refer to national guidance on writing a confidentiality policy.

  • iPad acceptable use policies

    Are there examples of acceptable use policies for iPads? In this article, we link to iPad acceptable use policies from primary and secondary schools for pupils and staff. We also relay advice from one of our associate education experts on implementing an electronic acceptable use policy.

  • Sun safety policies

    Is there an example of a sun safety policy? We look at examples of policies on sun safety from a nursery school, two primary schools, and a special school. You will also find links to further advice on sun protection in schools and dealing with heatwaves.

  • RE policy (primary)

    Are there any examples of RE policies? In this article, we include examples of RE policies from Church of England schools, Catholic schools and a non-faith school. We also link to another article with examples of RE audits.

  • Literacy and English policy (special)

    Are there examples of literacy policies from special schools? In this article, we look at literacy and English policies from two all-through special schools and a primary special school. We also relay advice from one of our experts for special schools on making policies accessible.

  • Facebook use: policies (primary)

    Are there Facebook policies from primary schools? We point to policies on the use of Facebook by pupils and staff, and link to another article with examples of social media policies.

  • Marking policy (special)

    Are there examples of marking policies from special schools? In this article, we look at marking policies from a primary, a secondary and two all-through special schools. We also relay advice from one of our associate education experts on making policies accessible.

  • School minibuses: driving licence requirements

    What are the driving licence requirements for driving school minibuses? We relay guidance on the conditions for driving a school minibus under different types of licence. We also look at section 19 permits and Public Service Vehicle Operator's Licences.

  • School credit/debit cards: policies

    Is there a sample policy for school credit and debit cards? We point to a sample policy from a local authority on the use of school payment cards. We also refer to policies from schools that cover the use of purchasing cards and credit cards, and relay advice on virtual purchasing card policies.

  • Mobile phone policies: volunteers

    Are there any examples of mobile phone policies for volunteers? We refer to policies from primary schools and a special school that cover volunteers’ use of personal mobile phones, and a model policy for early years settings from a local authority.

  • Severe weather policies

    Are there examples of severe weather policies? This article links to school policies on adverse weather, including a policy covering staff attendance in the event of the school being closed due to bad weather. We also link to the DfE's advice on planning for severe weather.

  • Taking and using images of pupils: policies

    Are there policies on taking and using images of pupils? This article links to policies on digital images from primary, secondary and special schools. You will also find a model policy from a local authority, and links to further articles on taking and using images in schools.

  • Disposal and write-off policy

    Are there examples of policies for write-off and disposal of inventory? This article points to examples of disposal and write-off policies from schools, and other policies on equipment disposal. It also links to a template write-off and disposal policy from NASBM.

  • Staff expenses policies

    Are there policies that cover staff reclaiming expenses? We look at examples of staff expenses policies from single schools and multi-academy trusts (MATs). They refer to costs such as travel expenses, food and drink, and entertainment.

  • Dinner money policy

    Are there examples of dinner money policies? In this article, we look at examples of policies on school dinner or lunch money from a range of schools. We also include a model dinner money policy from a local authority.

  • Admissions policy: model and examples
    Statutory/mandatory Model policy

    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.

  • Key holders for school premises: policies

    Are there any key holder policies from schools? This article refers to key holder policies and related policies from primary, secondary and special schools. You will also find a model school key policy and guidance on selecting key holders.

  • Admissions policies: nurseries in maintained schools

    Are there examples of admissions policies for nurseries in maintained schools? We look at how three maintained schools present the admissions arrangements and policies for their pre-school nurseries. We also refer to local authority admissions policies that apply to maintained nursery schools.

  • Should schools enforce a 'no nuts' policy?

    Should schools implement 'no nuts' policies? We relay advice from Anaphylaxis Campaign and the Children's Food Trust on managing nut allergies in schools. We also look at examples of policies from schools that outline restrictions on nuts and products that may contain nuts.

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

    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.

  • Admissions policies: special schools
    Statutory/mandatory

    Are there examples of admissions policies from special schools? In this article, we look at examples of policies from primary, secondary and all-through special schools. You will also find advice from one of our experts on post-16 admissions.

  • Hosting work experience placements: policies

    Are there policies that cover schools hosting work experience placements? We refer to examples of policies from primary, secondary and special schools. We also relay guidance from one of our experts, and link to advice on risk assessments and DBS checks.

  • Driving for work: policies and guidance

    Is there guidance on driving for work? We relay guidance on work-related driving, including advice on staff using their own vehicles. We point to policies from schools and local authorities that look at the responsibilities of employees and managers, and also link to a risk assessment.

  • Maths policy (special)

    Are there examples of maths policies from special schools? We look at examples of maths policies from all-through special schools and a primary and secondary special school. We also relay advice from one of our experts on making policies accessible.

  • Staff supervision policies

    Are there examples of supervision policies for staff with safeguarding duties? We link to model staff supervision policies from local authorities, and examples from a special school and a primary school federation.

  • Dealing with abuse towards staff: policies

    Are there examples of policies on handling abuse towards staff? We look at policies from a primary school, a secondary school and two multi-academy trusts (MATs). We also link to further guidance on resolving issues with parents.

  • Admissions policy from multi-academy trusts (MATs): model and examples
    Statutory/mandatory Model policy

    Are there examples of admissions policies from MATs? This article points to examples of admissions policies from multi-academy trusts (MATs) of different sizes. It also includes our model admissions policy that you can adapt to your MAT's context.

  • Staff grievance procedures: model and examples
    Statutory/mandatory Model policy

    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.

  • Accounting policy: model and examples (academies)
    Statutory/mandatory Model policy

    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.

  • Appraisal policies covering appeals

    Are there examples of policies that cover appraisal appeals? In this article, we link to what the DfE's model teacher appraisal policy says about appeals. We also link to a joint model policy from unions, model policies from LAs and examples of policies from schools.

  • Investment policy: model and examples
    Statutory/mandatory Model policy

    Are there examples of investment policies? This article looks at requirements in the Academies Financial Handbook. It links to our model policy and a model policy from NASBM and the EFSA. It also looks at some investment policies from multi-academy trusts (MATs).

  • Staff email use: policies

    Are there examples of policies on staff email use? We link to policies from primary and secondary schools and academy trusts on appropriate use of email by staff. They include guidelines for staff on inbox management and email etiquette. You will also find an acceptable use policy that covers email.

  • Homophobic, biphobic and transphobic (HBT) bullying: policies

    Are there any examples of homophobic, biphobic and transphobic (HBT) bullying policies? We link to examples of documents that set out schools' policies on HBT bullying. We also relay guidance from charities, a local authority, and link to school case studies and related articles from The Key.

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

    This article includes our model instrument of government, which maintained schools can use as a template, and provide a KeyDoc checklist of what must be included. We look at creating and changing an instrument of government, and link to examples from schools.

  • Reserves policy (academies)

    Are there examples of reserves policies from academies? We link to a template academy reserves policy from the Education and Skills Funding Agency and the National Association of School Business Management. We also look at examples of policies from academies and MATs.

  • Complaints procedure: model and examples (multi academy trusts)
    Statutory/mandatory Model policy

    Are there examples of policies and procedures from multi-academy trusts? We link to examples of complaints policies or procedures from three mutli-academy trusts (MATs). We also include our model complaints procedure and a downloadable checklist to help with writing one.

  • School uniform policies

    Are there examples of school uniform policies? This article includes examples of school uniform policies from primary and secondary schools, and a special school. You will also find links to other articles on school uniforms.

  • 30 hours' free childcare: school policies and information

    Are there examples of policies on the 30 hours' free childcare? We look at how schools and nurseries present information about their delivery of 30 hours' free childcare. You will find examples of school webpages and admissions policies, as well as links to further information about the entitlement.

  • Complaints procedure: model and examples (independent schools)
    Statutory/mandatory Model policy

    Are there examples of complaints procedures from independent schools? This article includes our downloadable model complaints procedure that you can adapt to your school's context. It also sets out the requirements for complaints procedures as set out in the Independent School Standards, and links to examples of complaints procedures from independent schools.

  • Charging and remissions policy: multi-academy trusts

    Are there examples of charging and remissions policies from MATs? We refer to policies from several multi-academy trusts (MATs), which look at aspects such as optional extras, remissions and exam entry. We also include a downloadable checklist to help you write your own policy.

  • Online safety policies (infant and EYFS)

    Are there examples of e-safety policies for infant schools? We link to online safety policies from nursery and infant schools and e-safety information on school websites. You will also find a leaflet aiming to help parents of children under 5 keep their children safe when using technology.

  • Sabbatical leave and career break policies

    Are there examples of sabbatical leave policies from schools? This article points to examples of sabbatical leave and career break policies from schools, and to other policies referring to sabbatical leave and career breaks. It also links to another of our articles with advice on sabbatical leave.

  • No smoking policies

    Is there an example of a smoke-free policy from a school? We link to no smoking policies from primary and secondary schools, as well as a special school.

  • Cloud storage policies: guidance and examples

    Is there guidance on writing a cloud storage policy? We relay advice from one of our associate education experts on what to consider when writing a policy on cloud storage. You will also find examples of policies from two schools and advice on accessing personal cloud storage accounts.

  • Private tutoring: advice and policies

    Is there guidance or policies on tutoring pupils outside school hours? We relay advice from ASCL, One Education and one of our associate experts on teachers doing private tutoring. We also look at examples of policies covering private tuition, and codes of conduct which cover private tuition.

  • Contractors on site: policies

    Are there examples of policies for managing contractors on site? We refer to examples of policies and documents from primary, secondary and special schools on managing contractors on the school site. We also link to further articles on managing contractors and DBS check requirements.

  • Pay policies from multi-academy trusts

    Are there examples of pay policies from multi-academy trusts? We link to examples of pay policies from multi-academy trusts (MATs), which cover areas such as delegation of pay decisions and performance-related pay. We also look at information from the NUT on pay in MATs.

  • Self-harm: guidance and policies

    Is there information about self-harm policies? This article links to guidance from mental health organisations on how to support pupils at risk of self-injury. You will also find examples of self-harm policies from mainstream and special schools.

  • Whistle-blowing policies from multi-academy trusts
    Statutory/mandatory

    Are there examples of whistleblowing policies from MATs? This article points to information in the Academies Financial Handbook, a model whistleblowing policy, and examples of policies and procedures from multi-academy trusts (MATs) of different sizes. It also links to further articles from The Key.

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

    Do early years settings need a child protection policy? We look at requirements for safeguarding policies and procedures for the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). You will also find examples of how schools have set out their child protection arrangements for the EYFS in their policies.

  • School fund policy

    Are there examples of school fund policies? In this article we link to school fund policies from a primary and a special school. We also link to examples of hardship fund policies from a primary and secondary school.

  • Healthy school policies

    Are there examples of healthy school policies? We link to examples of healthy school policies from primary and secondary schools, and to an example of a special school’s approach. We also relay information about healthy schools initiatives.

  • Health and safety policies: do we need separate departmental policies?

    Is it advisable to have separate health and safety policies for particular departments? You must have an overarching health and safety policy. An expert explains that individual policies are not required, but schools should consider how best to apply health and safety measures across departments.

  • Vehicles on the school site: policies

    Are there policies on managing people and traffic on the school site? We link to examples of vehicle and pedestrian policies and a vehicle management policy. We also refer to the health and safety regulations that schools must follow, and further articles from The Key on managing parking.

  • Arson prevention policies

    Are there examples of arson policies? We link to policies from primary, secondary and special schools that cover arson prevention.

  • Home visits: policies and guidance

    Are there examples of home visits policies? We link to examples of home visits policies from primary schools. We also look at guidance from a teaching union on staff health and safety when carrying out home visits and link to further guidance for carrying out home visits to EYFS children.

  • Support for pupils starting in-year: policies

    Are there examples of policies for supporting pupils who start in-year? We look at examples of transition policies covering pupils starting in-year from two primary schools and a secondary school. We also relay guidance on writing an in-year transition policy from one of our experts.

  • Drug testing in schools: guidance and policies

    Can a drugs policy require pupils to take a drug test? This article relays guidance from the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) on including compulsory drug tests as part of a school's policy. It links to the DfE's advice on testing pupils for drugs, and looks at policies from schools.

  • Sports team selection policies

    Are there examples of criteria used to select pupils for sports teams? In this article, we link to policies from primary and secondary schools outlining how schools select pupils to take part in sports events. This includes criteria that take into account factors other than pupils’ sporting abilities.

  • Trainee teacher complaints policies

    Are there complaints policies for trainee teachers? In this article, we link to complaints policies from school-centred initial teacher training (SCITT) providers. You will also find a link to The Key’s continuing professional development resources.