Pastoral care policies

  • Before and after-school club policies (primary)
    See examples of after-school club policies, and policies for before and after-school clubs that offer wraparound care.
  • Bereavement policy: model and examples
    Use our model to create a bereavement policy that's carefully tailored to your context and the needs of your community. Plus, get resources to help you develop your approach to bereavement, and see examples of policies.
  • Child protection policy: model
    Make sure your child protection policy reflects Keeping Children Safe in Education 2023. If you previously adapted our model, use our summary of what's changed and why to help you decide what changes to make. If you have your own policy, use our checklist to make sure it covers everything it needs to.
  • Children missing education (CME): procedures and policies
    Find out about the statutory requirements for school procedures on children absent from education and children missing education (CME), including monitoring attendance, updating admission registers and making reasonable enquiries about a child's whereabouts. See CME policies from primary, secondary and special schools.
  • Children with health needs who cannot attend school: model policy
    Download our easy-to-adapt model policy for children with health needs who cannot attend school. See examples from other schools and trusts.
  • Designated teacher policy: model and examples
    Download and adapt our model policy for designated teachers of looked-after and previously looked-after children. See examples of policies from primaries, secondaries, a special school and trusts.
  • Designated teacher policy no longer required
    The DfE has removed the requirement for you to have a policy on the designated teacher for looked-after and previously looked-after children. Requirements set out in guidance about looked-after children still apply, but you can now decide whether you want a policy on this.
  • Keeping Children Safe in Education updated to reflect Brexit
    There is updated guidance on how to conduct checks on staff who have lived overseas.
  • Looked-after children policies
    Find examples of policies on the education of looked-after children (LAC) and previously LAC from primary, secondary and special schools.
  • Online safety policy: model and examples
    Download and adapt our model online safety policy, which includes acceptable use agreements for pupils, parents/carers and staff. See examples of policies from primary, secondary and special schools.
  • Preventing extremism: policies
    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.
  • Pupil mental health and wellbeing policy: model and examples
    Download and adapt our model policy to save yourself time and follow best practice. See examples of pupil wellbeing policies from primary, secondary and special schools.
  • Self-harm: policies and guidance
    Self-harm is a sensitive issue, and it can be difficult to know how to support pupils at risk of self-injury. Find policies from schools, template risk assessments, and flow charts outlining the process for dealing with incidents.