Statutory policy guidance
Governing boards and proprietors are required to have certain policies and other documents in place.
- 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
View DfE guidance on statutory policy for schools and academies
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.