Non-statutory policies and documents

Use the tools in this article to help you decide which non-statutory policies would be useful for running your school.

Last reviewed on 14 July 2023
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  1. Decide which non-statutory policies your school needs 
  2. Check if writing a policy is the best solution

Decide which non-statutory policies your school needs 

Use our Policy Expert feature to: 

  • Decide which policies would be helpful, based on what other school leaders have found useful 
  • Get a list of other non-statutory policies, so you can find ones that may be useful in your school's context. This will help you to tackle any particular issues you're facing

Check if writing a policy is the best solution

Avoid creating unnecessary work for yourself by first looking at whether a procedure or set of guidelines could be just as useful.

Ask yourself:

  • Do similar policies cover this information?
  • Will the policy improve pupils' learning or their safety?
  • Will it improve the safety of staff or others in school?

Use our flowchart to consider these questions and come to a decision.

If a policy is the best answer, use our step-by-step guide on how to develop a school policy to help you with this process.

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