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Model Policies for Schools

This page was last updated on 27-Oct-2016

This page is intended to provide shortcuts to sections on the Hertfordshire Grid for Learning with 'model' policies that are available for schools to use. It does not cover all policies and procedures, only those that are model policies which can be adapted by schools.

Model policies are given to assist governing bodies in drafting and agreeing their own school policy, the details of which will vary from school to school depending on their size, structure and needs. Model policies should therefore be adapted – not adopted. Occasionally a policy includes statutory requirements (for example statutory time limits in which to hold exclusion hearings) which must be adhered to.

DfE: Policies and other documents that governing bodies and proprietors are required to have by law

The Department for Education's 'Statutory Policies for Schools' document outlines the policies and other documents governing bodies are legally required to hold. Governing bodies are required to hold each of these policies and other documents, as outlined, however:

  • the drafting of school policies can be delegated to any member of school staff
  • there is no requirement for all policies to be reviewed annually
  • not all policies need to be signed off by the full governing body

The document makes clear how often each policy must be reviewed and also shows the level of approval required, where this is prescribed in regulations.

 

Adamson Publications "Policies. A Guide for School Governors and Headteachers".

This book provides the guidance that governors and heads need in order to draw up policies that will do exactly this job. It includes statutory policies, plus some others that are widely recommended, and details of other statutory documents. It can be purchased direct by schools and academies from Adamson Publications.  For further details:

 

Model Policy Documents for Schools

Model Policy

Download

Author

Date last reviewed

Date to be reviewed

Anti-bribery

The Bribery Act applies to all staff in the organisation.  An organisation may be guilty of bribery even if only the individual offender knew of the bribery.

SIAS

Nov 2012

Review date not given

 

Anti-bullying

'Preventing and Responding to Bullying' - Section 3 Producing an Anti-bullying Policy

Also includes guidance in the Hertfordshire Anti-Bullying Toolkit - Policy and Practice

HCC

N/A

Guidance not a policy

 

Anti-homophobia and Transphobia Policy

Schools who want to undertake development work on anti-homophobia and anti-transphobia may find it supportive to have a dedicated policy that explains to staff and parents the context for this work. A policy is available which can be adapted:

Herts for Learning
Anti-Bullying Adviser

N/A

Guidance not a policy

 

Behaviour - see under Pupil discipline

 

 

 

 

Child Protection
CSF0034 Model Child Protection Policy for Schools

HCC Child Protection and Statutory Review Service

October 2015

Aug 2016

 

Children Looked After
CSF4093 Model School Policy for Children Looked After

HCC - Head of Achievement
Virtual School

June 2014

June 2016

 

Complaints
CS4288 Model Procedures for Dealing with School Based Complaints

* Model procedures for dealing with complaints not a model policy

HCC - Children's Complains Officer

July 2015

July 2017

 

Curriculum - Religious Education

CSF0070 Religious Education in Community, Foundation and Voluntary Controlled Schools - RE Policy Document

Herts for Learning Curriculum

Sept 2015

Sept 2017

 

CSF0065 Model Collective Worship Policy for Secondary Schools

Herts for Learning Curriculum

Sept 2015

Sept 2017

 

CSF0064 Model Collective Worship Policy for Primary Schools

Herts for Learning Curriculum

Sept 2015

July 2017

 

Health and Safety

HCC Health and Safety Team - Schools

Sept 2014

n/a

 

ICT
eSafety and Data Security - Guidance Policies for ICT Acceptable Use

Herts for Learning
eSafety/ICT/SITSS

Jan 2016

Jan 2018

 

Learning Outside the Classroom (LOtC)

 

 

HCC Offsite Visits

None given

 

Medical Absences

CSF3956 Access to Education for Children and Young People Unable to Attend School for Medical Reasons

CSF3956 Appendix B includes a School Exemplar Policy for the Education of Children and Young People with Medical Needs available at:

HCC Education Support Team for Medical Absence

N/A

 

Medical Conditions

Supporting Pupils with Medical Conditions Sample Policy

HCC - Health Improvement Lead

January 2015

No review date given

 

Model Performance Related Increments (PRI) Policy for Schools Support Staff

 

 

Herts for Learning
Schools HR

2012

n/a

 

PRS Resources' contains model policies and templates.

 

 

 

Personal Records - Filing
CSF0107 Model Procedure for the Filing of Personal Records in Schools


HCC - Safe Staffing Team

Jan 2009

Jan 2012

Pupil Discipline

Behaviour Support Pack - Booklet 2. Guidance on Behaviour Policies

DfE Guidance on developing a school behaviour policy

 

 

 
Physical Intervention
Model for Restrictive Physical Intervention In Schools

HCC
Access to Education

Apr 2016

Sep 2018