Statutory policy guidance

Schools and trusts are required to hold certain policies and other documents.

Governing boards should be aware that:

  • the drafting of school policies can be delegated to any member of school staff (unless stated otherwise)
  • there is no requirement for all policies to be reviewed annually
  • not all policies need to be signed off by the full governing board

View DfE list of statutory policies

View DfE guidance on statutory policy for schools and academies

DfE guidance 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.

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