Tuesday, 1 May 2012

New List of Statutory Policies for Schools

Governing bodies are required, as outlined below, to hold each of these documents. However, the drafting of school policies can be delegated to any member of school staff. Model policies are available from a variety of sources and schools are free to adopt these as they see fit. There is no
requirement for all policies to be reviewed annually. We have outlined below how often each policy must be reviewed, where this is prescribed in regulations.

Academies and Free Schools have greater freedoms than maintained schools in relation to school policies and other documents. Where relevant, arrangements applying to these schools are outlined in legislation or in their funding agreements, which may vary between individual 

Academies and Free Schools.

As part of the Department’s ongoing commitment to reducing bureaucracy for schools, we will continue to review these requirements and look to simplify the legal obligations wherever possible.

From September 2012, subject to parliamentary procedure, maintained schools will no longer be required to have in place a:

• Curriculum policy

• Prospectus