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Last reviewed on 26 April 2021
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Here's your 5-step guide to reviewing a policy. You'll find a tool to help you check changes to statutory guidance plus advice on how to assess the impact of your existing policy, so you can identify any alterations you need to make.

Step 1 - make sure you need the policy

Go to Policy Expert to find out which policies are statutory and so you must have them. 

For non-statutory policies, sense-check whether you still need them. Don't feel you need to update a policy just because you have it already. 

Ask yourself:

  • What information do we need to convey?
  • Do we cover this information in another policy?
  • If not, can we add it into another existing policy? 

Use our flowchart to help you make this decision. 

Step 2 - check for key changes in guidance 

Legislation or national guidance - go to Policy Expert to find the date of when the related guidance was last updated for a statutory policy, so you can quickly check whether there have been any changes since your school's policy was last updated. Click on the

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