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  • Data protection policy and privacy notices: models
    Model policy Statutory/mandatory

    Our GDPR-compliant model data protection policy and privacy notices for parents, pupils, staff and others will help make sure you're compliant with the data protection reforms. You can download and adapt them to your context.

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

    Download our model accessibility plan and adapt it to meet your school's context. You will also find a checklist for writing your accessibility plan, and examples of plans from primary, secondary and special schools.

  • Lockdown procedures: template and guidance

    Keep your school community safe in the event of a critical incident. Download our template lockdown procedure and adapt it to your school's specific needs. Have a look at guidance to help you do this, and see examples from other schools.

  • SEN policy and information report: model
    Model policy Statutory/mandatory

    Download our model SEN policy and information report, to save yourself some time and help make sure you're compliant.

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

    Download and adapt our model behaviour policy, and save yourself some time. If you prefer to write or review your own use our checklist setting out requirements and good practice for behaviour policies. You'll also find examples from schools.

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

    Save time and stay compliant by using and adapting our model safeguarding policy. You can also use our downloadable checklist to help structure your policy.

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

    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.

  • Attendance policy
    Model policy

    We provide a model attendance policy and link to 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Online safety policy: model and examples
    Model policy

    Download and adapt our model online safety policy, and see examples of online safety policies from primary, secondary and special schools.

  • Safer recruitment policy: model and examples
    Model policy

    Use our model safer recruitment procedures to help save you time and keep you compliant.

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

    Download and adapt our model policy for supporting pupils with medical conditions, and save yourself some time. If you prefer to write or review your own, use our checklist setting out what your policy should include. You'll also find examples from schools.

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

    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.

  • ICT and internet acceptable use policies

    Make sure your staff and pupils understand how to use your ICT systems and the internet appropriately with a policy. Read over what to include in such a policy, and see examples of these policies for staff members and pupils.

  • 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.

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

    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.

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

    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.

  • 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.

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

    Save time and stay compliant by using and adapting our model charging and remissions policy. You can also use our downloadable checklist to structure your policy, and read tips on how to write it.

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

    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.

  • 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 schools.

  • 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.

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

    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.

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

    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.

  • Pupil premium policy
    Model policy

    Download our model pupil premium policy, which you can adapt to your school's context. This article also links to an annotated pupil premium policy from a school with tips on how the school developed it, and examples of policies from primary, secondary and special schools.

  • School staff dress codes

    Use these examples of staff dress codes from primary, secondary and special schools to help you create your own.

  • 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.

  • School staff induction policies

    Compare your staff induction policy with examples from other schools, and read tips on what you should cover.

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

    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.

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

    Are there examples of early years policies from schools? We have created a model Early Years Foundation (EYFS) policy that you can adapt and download. We also link to examples from a range of maintained primary, primary academies and an all-through special school.

  • Intimate care and nappy changing: policies and advice

    Have a look at intimate care and nappy changing policies and procedures from schools to help you write your own, and read expert advice on what to consider when writing or reviewing this policy.

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

    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.

  • Premises management policies
    Model policy Statutory/mandatory

    Use and adapt our model premises management policy to suit your school. You'll also find examples of premises management policies from primary and secondary schools to inspire you when writing your own.

  • 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.

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

    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.

  • Mobile phone policies: school staff

    Find support with writing or reviewing your mobile phone policy for staff with guidance from a union and examples of policies from schools.

  • 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 schools. We also cite further articles about dealing with sickness absence.

  • Looked after children policies

    Are there examples of policies for looked after children? This article links to examples of 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.

  • 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.

  • Critical incident plans and policies

    Prepare for emergencies by making sure your school has a critical incident policy. Read our article to find out what you should include and take a look at other school policies to see what they’ve done.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • CCTV policies

    Set up your own policy for your CCTV system with the help of this article. We link to a range of examples of CCTV policies for primary and secondary schools for you to refer to when creating your own policy.

  • 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.

  • Most able/gifted and talented policy

    If you are reviewing your most able/gifted and talented policy and need some inspiration, take a look at these policies from primary and secondary schools.

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

    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.

  • 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.

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

    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.

  • 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.

  • Literacy and English policies

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

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

    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.

  • Drugs policies

    Find support with writing or reviewing your school’s drugs policy with guidance from the Department for Education and examples of policies from schools.

  • 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)
    Model policy Statutory/mandatory

    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.

  • 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.

  • 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).

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

    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.

  • Provider access policy statement: model and guidance
    Model policy Statutory/mandatory

    Save time by using and adapting our model policy when you are writing or reviewing your provider access policy statement. We also set out what your policy statement must include. The policy also sometimes known as a 'Baker clause' policy.

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

    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.

  • 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.

  • Continuing professional development (CPD) policies

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Gifts and hospitality: policies and guidance
    Model policy

    Are there examples of gifts and hospitality policies and registers? This article has a model policy from The Key as well as examples 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.

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

    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.

  • 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.

  • 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, a primary academy and an all-through special school. You will also find tips from our associate education expert on writing a maths policy.

  • 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.

  • School security policies

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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).

  • 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.

  • Equal opportunities and anti-discrimination policies

    Some schools choose to have specific policies on equal opportunities and anti-discrimination. Have a look at examples of such policies to help you if you're writing or reviewing your school's policy on these areas.

  • Administering medicines: policies

    We point to examples of policies on administering medicines from nursery, infant, primary, secondary and special schools. You will also find links to more information on administering medicines to pupils.

  • Careers guidance policy

    Get inspiration when writing your careers guidance policy with examples from secondary and special schools. You will also find guidance on the statutory requirements for careers provision.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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

    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.

  • Asbestos management plans and policies

    Schools are required to have an asbestos management plan in place. Use our downloadable template to stay compliant with these requirements, and read guidance on how you can review your plan moving forwards.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • PE policy (primary)

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Computing policies (primary)

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

  • 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.

  • Display policies

    Use these examples of display policies from the EYFS, primary, secondary and special schools to help you create your own.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Monitoring teaching and learning policy (primary)

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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

    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Sun safety policies

    Use these examples of sun safety policies from primary, secondary and special schools to help you create your own.

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

    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.

  • Risk management policies

    Are there any examples of risk management policies? This article links to risk management policies from primary schools, secondary schools and a special school. It also points to guidance on risk registers and a template.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Reading and guided reading policies (primary)

    Are there examples of reading policies from primary schools? In this article, we look at examples of reading policies and guided reading policies from maintained primary schools and primary academies. We also link to further articles from The Key on guided reading.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 and secondary 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.

  • 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.

  • RE policy (primary)

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

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

    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.

  • Mathematics marking policies

    Are there any marking policies for mathematics? We link to examples of mathematics marking policies from primary and secondary schools. We also look at examples of marking symbols used in maths, and link to further articles on effective marking practice.

  • 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.

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

    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • School credit/debit cards: policies

    Are there examples of policies for school credit and debit cards? We refer to policies from schools that cover the use of debit and credit cards, and relay advice on virtual purchasing card 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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

    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.

  • 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.

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

    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.

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

    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).

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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

    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 Institute of School Business Leadership. We also look at examples of policies from academies and MATs.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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

    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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

    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.

  • 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.

  • Staff-on-staff bullying: policies

    How do schools cover staff bullying in their policies? We look at examples of how schools cover bullying among staff in their policies, including dignity at work policies and a bullying and harassment policy.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Display screen equipment (DSE) policies

    Although not a statutory requirement, some schools have a separate display screen equipment (DSE) policy. Find support with writing or reviewing your school’s DSE policy with guidance from the Health and Safety Executive and examples of policies from schools.

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

    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Arson prevention policies

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Green procurement policies

    Are there examples of green procurement policies? We link to examples of these eco-friendly procurement policies from schools. You will also find suggestions from Eco Schools on each type of product to include in your policy.

  • Apprenticeship policies

    Are there examples of apprenticeship policies? You'll find examples of policies from a MAT, a local authority and a trade union.