Policies are the method by which Governing Bodies communicate their aims and objectives to staff (and parents and pupils). They are the framework for decision-making and action. A policy is a clear statement of intention based on the mission, values, vision and aims of the school as negotiated by all stakeholders. Once a policy has been ratified, it is not sufficient to place it in a folder to gather dust!
Governors should monitor and evaluate its implementation and impact on the school’s plans and actions.
The links below provide exemplars of policy and guidance designed to stimulate discussion. Do not simply copy a policy. It will need to be redrafted to reflect the unique context of your school. The process of thinking about a policy and what your school requires determines how effective a policy will be.
Policies and other documents that governing bodies are required to have by law can be found in the Annex of "A Guide to the Law for School Governors".
Please find some model policies below:
Sources of support for governors
Support for Governors is available from the following:
- Governor telephone helpline
Provides governors with confidential advice on school governance matters.
Phone: 020 8359 7622
Other sources of support
- Governor development/training, advice and support is available from:
The Department for Education
Phone: 0370 0002288
- The National Governors' Association
Phone: 0121 237 3780
- The National Association of Governors and managers
Phone: 0121 643 5787
- Information for School and College Governors
Phone: 01438 300280
- Governor Line
Phone: 0800 0722 181