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  • Model policy Statutory/mandatory

    Use our model data protection policy to keep yours up to date with the latest regulations and guidance. It'll save you time and help you stay compliant with this complex area.

  • 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, and questions you can ask staff to consult them on changes to your policy.

  • 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.

  • Model policy Statutory/mandatory

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

  • 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.

  • Model policy Statutory/mandatory

    Make sure your child protection policy reflects the latest changes to Keeping Children Safe in Education. If your policy is based on our 2019 model, use our summary of what's changed and why to help you decide what changes you need to make. If you have your own, use our checklist to make sure it covers everything it needs to and get tips on what else to include.

  • Model policy Statutory/mandatory

    Prepare for the new RSE requirements. Download our new model RSE policy or review your existing one with our checklist to make sure you’re compliant.

  • Model policy

    If you're reviewing your curriculum, use our model document to update your curriculum policy. See examples from primary, secondary and special schools.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Model policy

    Download and adapt our model online safety policy, it includes acceptable use agreements for pupils, parents and staff. See examples of policies from primary, secondary and special schools.

  • Model policy

    Set clear expectations for ICT and internet acceptable use using our model policy. See examples of policies from other schools to help you develop your own.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Model policy Statutory/mandatory

    Health and safety policies must cover a lot, adapt our model to your school’s context so that you save yourself time and comply with the requirements. It includes an accident report form in the appendix.

  • Model policy

    Adapt our model mobile phone policy to suit your school, or use our checklist to help you write your own. See examples of policies from other schools on the use of mobile phones by pupils, staff, parents, visitors and volunteers.

  • 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.

  • Model policy

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

  • 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.

  • Model policy Statutory/mandatory

    Download and adapt our model policy for supporting pupils with medical conditions. If you prefer to write or review your own, use our checklist setting out what your policy should include, and compare your policy to those from other schools.

  • See examples of anti-bullying policies in other schools, and get tips to effectively write and implement your own.

  • Model policy

    Download and adapt our model addendum to keep your school community up to date on your approach to safeguarding as more pupils return.

  • See examples of staff wellbeing and work-life balance policies from a range of schools, as well as from a union.

  • Model policy Statutory/mandatory

    Save time and stay compliant by using and adapting our model statement of procedures for dealing with allegations of abuse against staff, which is included within our model child protection policy.

  • Model policy Statutory/mandatory

    Save time and stay compliant by 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.

  • 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.

  • Model policy Statutory/mandatory

    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.

  • Model policy Statutory/mandatory

    Download and adapt our model staff disciplinary procedures, and save yourself some time. If you prefer to write or review your own, use our checklist to see what your procedures should include. You'll also find examples from schools.

  • 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.

  • Download and adapt our model addendum to make sure everyone is aware of the expectations for pupil behaviour during Covid-19, both if they're in school or learning remotely.

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

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    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.

  • If you want a personal, social, health and economic education (PSHE) policy, download and adapt our template. See also examples from schools to help you write your own.

  • Model policy Statutory/mandatory

    You don't have to have a dedicated premises management policy, but you do need premises management documents to show how you take care of things like asbestos, fire safety and statutory testing. Use our model policy to help you set out your approach to premises management.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Find out what to include in your English policy. See examples of English and literacy policies from a range of primary schools, secondary schools and special schools.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Model policy Statutory/mandatory

    Download and adapt our model policy for newly qualified teacher (NQT) induction. Also, find examples of policies from schools and a local authority.

  • Use our model parent code of conduct to set clear expectations and guidelines on appropriate behaviour. See examples from schools to help you develop your own.

  • 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.

  • Take a look at these social media policies from primary and secondary schools to help you create your own.

  • 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.

  • 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. This document is also sometimes known as a 'Baker clause' policy.

  • Prepare for emergencies by making sure your school has a critical incident plan. Read our article to find out what you should include and get examples.

  • Model policy

    If you're an academy, use our premises hiring model policy, also known as a 'lettings policy', to help your school generate additional income. It includes terms and conditions of hire approved by lawyers, as well as a hire request form.

  • Model policy Statutory/mandatory

    Be clear about the requirements for a whistle-blowing policy in your academy trust or maintained school, and get guidance on what to include. Download and adapt our model policy to fit your school's context, and see examples from other schools.

  • Find out how you can monitor with purpose so you don't overload staff with unnecessary monitoring. Plus, see examples of policies from schools.

  • Educational visits policies provide guidance for staff and support planning. Read on to find out what you should include in your policy, and see examples from a range of primary, secondary and special schools.

  • Model policy

    Download and adapt our model policy. Use it to set clear communication guidelines for parents, and to give them a list of contacts so they know the right member of staff to send their queries to.

  • 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.

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

  • Model policy Statutory/mandatory

    Make sure your complaints procedure reflects the latest guidance published by the DfE. If your policy is based on our previous model document, use our summary of what’s changed and why to help you decide what changes you need to make. If you have your own, use our checklist to make sure it covers everything it needs to.

  • 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.

  • Model policy Statutory/mandatory

    Find our model policy and examples from schools to help you with writing your own policy.

  • SMSC policies allow you to explain how you meet the spritual, moral, social and cultural needs of your pupils. See examples of SMSC policies from primary, secondary, special and all-through schools.

  • Statutory/mandatory

    Find out about the requirement for your school to adopt the ICO's model freedom of information publication scheme, and learn what you need to publish.

  • 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.

  • See how schools like yours approach marking and feedback. Plus, find links to our articles on effective marking and how to save teachers time on marking.

  • Find out about the statutory requirements for school procedures on children missing education (CME), including monitoring attendance, admissions registers and making reasonable enquiries after a child is identified as missing. Read CME policies from primary, secondary and special schools.

  • Model policy Statutory/mandatory

    Download and adapt our model complaints procedure. If you want to write or review your own, use our checklist to make sure it covers everything it needs to.

  • 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.

  • Model policy Statutory/mandatory

    Some schools are required to have a statement written by governors alongside their behaviour policy. See our template and examples from schools to help you figure out what this statement should look like.

  • Your school isn't required to have a physical restraint policy, but its a good idea to include information about how you use physical restraint in your behaviour policy. Read examples of physical restraint policies from schools to help you develop your own policy.

  • 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.

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

  • 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.

  • Model policy Statutory/mandatory

    Download our model policy and adapt it to suit your school's context. See examples from a range of schools, and advice on how to write your own 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.

  • Find out what to include in your maths or numeracy policy. See examples of policies from a range of primary schools, secondary schools and special schools.

  • 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.

  • Model policy

    Adapt our model volunteer policy, which includes a volunteer code of conduct, to suit your school. See examples of volunteer policies from other schools, and read guidance on writing a policy.

  • Model policy

    Use our model to create a bereavement policy that's carefully tailored to your school’s context and the needs of your community. Plus, get resources to help you develop your school's approach to bereavement, and see examples of policies from other schools.

  • 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.

  • Read examples of positive handling policies from primary, secondary, and special schools, as well as a MAT. Use these examples to help you write your school's policy.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Help keep your school and its contents safe by writing a security policy. Our guidance outlines what it can include, with examples from different schools.

  • 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.

  • See examples of disaster recovery plans from primary, secondary, special and independent schools.

  • Find examples of policies for primary and secondary schools that you can use as a basis for your own policy.

  • See examples of science policies from maintained primary schools and primary academies. We also link to another article on programmes of study for primary science.

  • Read other schools' British values policies and see how to integrate British values into policies across the school. We also present a case study and expert advice to help you with writing your own policy.

  • 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.

  • Find examples of English as an additional language (EAL) policies from primary and secondary schools.

  • 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.

  • See examples of infection control policies from schools and guidance from Public Health England about how to control infectious illnesses.

  • Find out what to include in your reading and guided reading policies, and see examples from both primary academies and maintained schools.

  • You aren't required to have a distinct policy relating to the Prevent duty, though you may choose to have one. Look through the linked examples from primary and secondary schools to help you write your own.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Find support with writing and reviewing policies on Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks with examples of policies from local authorities and a multi-academy trust.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • See examples of physical education (PE) policies from 4 maintained primary schools and 1 primary academy.

  • Are there examples of policies on staff email use? We look at policies on appropriate use of email by staff, parents using staff email addresses, and link to acceptable use policies. The policies include guidelines for staff on inbox management, email etiquette, and not responding outside of working hours.

  • Find examples of policies from primary and secondary schools on dealing with abusive visitors.

  • If you are writing or reviewing your finance policy, get inspiration from examples of policies from academies, and read advice on how to write one.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Look at examples of collective worship policies from primary, secondary and special schools, and find guidance on what to include in your own policy.

  • 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.

  • Model policy Statutory/mandatory

    Use our model privacy notices to keep yours up to date with the latest regulations and guidance. They’ll save you time and help you stay compliant with this complex area.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Model policy Statutory/mandatory

    Download and adapt our model policy for designated teachers of looked-after and previously looked-after children.

  • Find examples of debt recovery policies from schools and from an LA to help you with writing your own.

  • See examples of work experience policies from schools to help you with writing your own. You can find policies from mainstream schools and a special school.

  • Model policy Statutory/mandatory

    It's now a requirement to have a policy about children with health needs who cannot attend school. Download our easy-to-adapt model to get you started.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Model policy Statutory/mandatory

    Download and adapt our model competitive tendering policy to help you comply with the requirements set out in the Academies Financial Handbook. You can also see examples of other trusts' 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.

  • See how other schools approach marking and feedback. You'll also find links to our articles on effective marking and a case study explaining how a school cut its marking workload by 75%.

  • 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.

  • Use these examples, from schools and LAs, to help you create your asset management plan. We also point to an example of an asset management policy and suggest next steps.

  • Are there any examples of confidentiality policies from schools? We link to policies from primary and secondary schools. We also refer to national guidance on writing a confidentiality policy.

  • Get ideas for your own school minibus policy with these examples from primary, secondary and special schools.

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

  • See examples of RE policies from Church of England, Catholic and non-faith schools to find out how they organise RE teaching and learning.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Model policy Statutory/mandatory

    Save time by using and adapting our model non-examination assessment policy, and understand what you are required to include. Find examples from schools to help you with writing your own policy.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Model policy

    Adapt our model policy to set out your expectations for remote learning, so staff are clear on what they need to do.

  • Find out your requirements for protecting public money and see examples of anti-fraud policies from primary and secondary schools.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Have a look at examples of schools' policies on banning parents from the school premises.

  • Model policy Statutory/mandatory

    Download our model accounting policies and adapt them to suit your school's context. You'll also find templates from the ESFA and ISBL, and examples of policies from schools.

  • See examples of supervision policies for staff with safeguarding responsibilities.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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

  • 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.

  • 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).

  • Look at examples of disposal and write-off policies from other schools to help you write your own policy. You can also see a template developed by the Institute of School Business Leadership (ISBL).

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Model policy Statutory/mandatory

    Download our model complaints procedures and see examples of complaints policies and procedures from 3 multi-academy trusts (MATs).

  • 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.

  • Model policy

    Use our model policy to help you deal with incidents of workplace harassment and bullying confidently and consistently, so you can give your workforce the support they need.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Adapt our model policy to help set your own 16 to 19 bursary fund policy. See examples from a secondary school, a special school and a sixth-form college.