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Model Policies for Schools

This page was last updated 09.10.2019

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: Statutory Policies for Schools and Academies

The Department for Education's 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.

HR Model Policies

The Herts for Learning HR Services knowledge portal contains model policies relating to HR.

The portal is accessible via a login on the Herts for Learning website. The portal is free for all schools which subscribe to our HR service subscription package. Schools have access to the portal via their school accounts on the website. If you are unable to access the portal, please call: 01438 844873 or email

Model Policy Documents for Schools

Model Policy



Date last reviewed

Date to be reviewed


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.


Nov 2012

Review date not given



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

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



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


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



Children Looked After
CSF4093 Model School Policy for Children Looked After

HCC - Head of Achievement
Virtual School




CS4288 Model Procedures for Dealing with School Based Complaints

* Model procedures for dealing with complaints not a model policy

HCC - Children's Complains Officer




Curriculum - Religious Education

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




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

October 2019



Online Safety Policy and Acceptable Use Agreements

Herts for Learning




Learning Outside the Classroom (LOtC)



HCC Offsite Visits



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



Medical Conditions

Supporting Pupils with Medical Conditions Sample Policy

HCC - Health Improvement Lead

January 2015

No review date given


PRS Resources' contains model policies and templates.




Pupil Discipline




Physical Intervention
Model for Restrictive Physical Intervention In Schools

Access to Education

May 2017

Sep 2018