Risk management policy: model and examples
Use our template policy to make sure risk management is part of your trust's business planning and decision-making processes. You can also see examples of risk management policies from trusts of different sizes.
You must manage risks to all operations and activities of your trust (not just financial risks). See paragraph 2.35 of the Academy Trust Handbook (ATH).
The DfE guidance on academy trust risk management recommends setting a risk management policy that defines your approach to risk management.
Download our model policy
Our model assessment policy is designed for you to adapt to suit your trust’s context. It's been approved by Forbes Solicitors.
Examples from trusts
The Ascent Academies' Trust has a risk management policy (under 'trust-wide statutory policies') that includes a risk appetite matrix in appendix 4 (page 16).
Beckfoot Trust has a risk management policy that categorises typical risks and sets out roles and responsibilities.
The Co-operative Academies Trust has a risk management policy that sets out how it assesses risk