As part of our on-going commitment to clarifying schools’ legal obligations, the Statutory Policies for Schools document outlines the policies and other documents governing bodies and proprietors of independent schools are legally required to hold. The document can be downloaded from this page.
Governing bodies and proprietors are required to hold each of these policies and other documents, as outlined, however:
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.
There are instances where statutory guidance states that policies and procedures should be in place. Although this is not the same as a legal requirement, the list makes clear the policies referenced in statutory guidance.
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 noted against each entry.
This document was last updated in April 2013. We will continue to review these requirements and look to simplify the legal obligations on schools wherever possible.
Updated links have been provided for the following:
Clarification in relation to academies and free schools:
The following document has been removed:
The following document has been added:
We would welcome any comments or feedback you may have on this document by emailing: email@example.com.
This document outlines the policies and other documents governing bodies and proprietors are legally required to hold, how often each must be reviewed and who should approve each document.
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