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Model Policies

Statutory School Policies

Statutory policies for maintained schools - March 2024

Information for governing bodies and governance professionals (clerks) on the policies and documents they must have. 

Statutory policies for trusts

Information for trust boards and governance professionals on the policies and documents they must have.

Please also find below a list of policies that governing bodies can adopt, or can amend to suit their school's needs before adopting:

DfE Guidance and Policies

Statutory guidance -  Supporting pupils with medical conditions at school - August 2017


Best practice guidance for school complaints procedures - Updated 2021 (incl. model policy) 


Freedom of Information information and resouces 

Definition documents  - These set out the types of information the ICO would expect particular types of authority to publish and list in their guide to information. For more details on using these, see  guidance on using the definition documents (pdf). 

Definition document for the governing bodies of maintained and other state-funded schools in England

Publication scheme - a guide

LA Policies

LA - Accessibility Plan - September 2017 (docx, 41kb)

LA - Accessibility Plan (guidance) - September 2017 (docx, 15kb)

LA - Charging & Remissions Policy - September 2017 (docx, 16kb)

Child Protection Policies can be found here

LA - Complaints policy - September 2023 (docx, 44kb)


LA - Equality Information & Objectives Statement - September 2017 (docx, 54kb)

LA - Financial Scheme of Delegation - May 2008 (doc, 103kb)

LA - Governors' Expenses Policy (doc, 25kb)

LA - Lettings policy and guidance - April 2015 (docx, 89kb)

LA - Terms of Reference for committees - September 2023 (docx, 21kb)


NGA Policies

NGA Code of Conduct - Trusts 2023 (docx, 323kb)

NGA Code of Conduct - Maintained 2023 (docx, 320kb)

GB Self Evaluation - NGA and Southwark (docx, 84kb)

Education Commission – Catholic Diocese of Southwark

For copies of model policies for Catholic schools, please visit the Education Commission’s website.

HR Policies

For a list of HR policies such as Appraisal, Capability, Disciplinary, Grievance, Pay, Redundancy & Reorganisation and Whistle Blowing, please contact your HR provider. 

Southwark Council HR produce model policies for schools that sign up to their SLA, details of their service can be found at the Southwark Council HR page.