Model Policies

St Benet's MAT policies and model policies for academies.

The procedure for Trust core policies is that the Board’s Committees review and approve the draft policies at their meetings each term in line with an annual schedule of policy review. Most policies are reviewed every three years. As soon as the Trustees have approved a policy it should be applied in all of the Trust’s schools and therefore will be communicated to the schools at the earliest opportunity so that it can be applied if the need arises.

The Governance office will advise when new policies are approved and uploaded to the website and an editable version of the policy will be sent direct to the Academy office for use. Once the Local Governing Body (LGB) has noted and adopted the policy at an LGB meeting, the Academy office should update the policy with the Academy name where indicated and the date the policy was adopted. No other changes should be made to the Trust Core policies. A PDF version of the policy should then be uploaded to the Academy’s website when applicable (see below).

Not all policies need to be displayed on Academy websites, they just need to be available for staff to use and refer to and to provide to parents if requested. However there are some that are required to be included on Academy websites by the DfE and some that are required by the Trust. Altogether the policies that need to be included on the Academy websites are:

  1. Safeguarding (Trust)
  2. Data Protection with privacy notices for parents (Trust)
  3. Health and Safety (Trust)
  4. E Safety and Acceptable Use of ICT (Trust)
  5. Administration of Medicines (Trust)
  6. Supporting Pupils with Medical Conditions (Trust)
  7. Behaviour (Academy)
  8. Careers Information & Guidance (Academy (Secondary Academies only))
  9. Charging and Remissions (Trust)
  10. Complaints policy/procedure (Trust)
  11. Equality and Diversity (Trust)
  12. Staff Whistleblowing (Trust)

It is left to the discretion of the Headteacher whether other policies are displayed on the Academy website.

If staff or Governors have any comments or suggestions for improvement, then please feed these through to hannah.monk@donesc.org so that they can be considered by the Trust Board. This will usually be when the policy undergoes the next formal review but may be sooner in appropriate circumstances.

Gender Pay Gap reports – We are currently in the final stages of updating our website so please contact Sharon Money for this information  – sharon.money@donesc.org.

Our Equality Objectives for 2020-21 are recorded here:  St Benet’s Equality Objectives – 2021.

Requirement to Publish Equality & Diversity Information Annually

As a Trust, we will publish an annual update on the website, starting in Spring 2022 (when pupil’s 2021 outcomes are confirmed and the Trust’s returns to the annual School Workforce Census have been made).

This update will include:

  • Pupil information: Trust-level data about the composition of our pupil population and their outcomes, in relation to gender, Special Educational Needs (SEN) and disability, race/ethnicity and those with English as an Additional Language (EAL), Children who are/have been Looked After (CLA) and pupils who are eligible for Free School Meals (FSM), or who more broadly qualify for the Pupil Premium. We will include national averages wherever possible as comparators. Other protected characteristics are either not relevant to primary pupils or data is only available at school level where publishing that data would risk compromising individual’s personal information.
  • Workforce information: Trust-level information about the composition of our workforce in relation to gender, age, disability and race/ethnicity.

N.B.  Currently, we are not able to publish information in relation to other protected characteristics as we do not have reliable data at Trust level and publishing information at school level would risk compromising individual’s personal information. We will also publish information on gender and pay.

St Benet’s MAT contact details:
Please be aware that the Trust’s contact details have recently changed and are noted below

Postal address: Orchard House, Hall Lane, East Tuddenham, Norfolk, NR20 3LR
Main office tel: 01603 550150

There are a number of policies which include the Trust’s contact details, these will be updated as the policies are reviewed in line with the review cycle. Please use the contact details noted above where needed.

Trust Core PolicyStatutoryDate ApprovedFrequency of Review
00 COVID-19 Amendments Index (St Benet’s)12 May 2020As needed
Gender Pay Gap Reporting Statement6 November 2020Annual
HR01 Staff Induction PolicyNovember 20213 Years
HR02 Discretionary Leave of AbsenceFebruary 20223 Years
HR03 Continuous Professional Development PolicySeptember 20213 Years
HR04 Staff Well Being PolicyNovember 20213 Years
HR05 Recruitment and Selection Policy (Inc. Safer Recruitment)July 20203 Years
HR06 Staff Probation PolicyFebruary 20203 Years
HR07 Whistleblowing PolicyFebruary 20223 Years
HR08 Management of Sickness Absence PolicyNovember 20203 Years
HR09 Flexible Working PolicyFebruary 20223 Years
HR10 Ex Offenders StatementNovember 20213 Years
HR11 Bullying and Harassment PolicyNovember 20213 Years
HR12 Lone Working PolicyFebruary 20223 Years
HR14 Maternity and Maternity Support Leave PolicyFebruary 20223 Years
HR15 Adoption PolicyJuly 20213 Years
HR16 Employee Expenses PolicyNovember 20023 Years
HR17 Smoke Free PolicyJune 20202 Years
HR18 Shared Parental Leave PolicyJuly 20203 Years
HR19 Staffing Adjustment PolicyJune 20203 Years
HR20 Lockdown, Invacuation and Evacuation PolicySeptember 20213 Years
HR21 Menopause PolicyMarch 20223 Years
NS01 Collective Worship PolicyDecember 20203 Years
NS02 Online PolicyMarch 2022Annual
NS03 Lettings PolicyJuly 20193 Years
NS04 Anti Bullying PolicyJanuary 20203 Years
NS05 Religious Education PolicyFebruary 20223 Years
NS06 Trust Wide Cleaning PolicyMarch 20223 Years
NS08 Offensive Weapons PolicyFebruary 20223 Years
NS08 The Harleston Federation Offensive Weapons PolicyNovember 20213 Years
NS09 Re-Appointment of Trustees and Local GovernorsMay 20213 Years
S01 Accessibility Policy and PlanMarch 2022Annual
S02 Special Educational Needs and Disability PolicyFebruary 20223 Years
S03 Supporting Pupils with Medical Conditions PolicyOctober 20193 Years
S04 Relationships, Sex and Health Education PolicyMarch 20203 Years
S05 Health and Safety PolicyNovember 2021Annual
S06 Equality and Diversity PolicyJuly 20213 Years - Objectives reviewed annually
S07 Admissions – Transfer to Junior Academy Policy 2023-24 ChurchFebruary 2022Annual
S07 Admissions Policy 2023-24 Beacon FederationFebruary 2022Annual
S07 Admissions Policy 2023-24 Diss Infant & NurseryFebruary 2022Annual
S07 Admissions Policy 2023-24 PrimaryFebruary 2022Annual
S07 Admissions Policy 2023-24 SecondaryFebruary 2022Annual
S08 Charging and Remissions PolicyJuly 20213 Years
S09 Data Protection and Freedom of Information PolicyJuly 20213 Years
S10 Complaints ProcedureMay 20213 Years
S11 Staff Capability PolicyFebruary 20223 Years
S12 Disciplinary Procedures for All StaffFebruary 20223 Years
S13 Statement of Procedures for Dealing with Allegations of Abuse Against StaffNovember 20203 Years
S14 Whole School Pay PolicyNovember 2021Annual
S15 Trustee and Governor Allowances PolicyMarch 20183 Years
S16 Safeguarding PolicySeptember 2021Annual
S16a Preventing Extremism and Radicalisation PolicyFebruary 2022Annual
S17 Finance PolicyNovember 2021Annual
S18 Business Continuity PolicyMarch 20193 Years
S19 Administration of Medicines PolicyOctober 20193 Years
S20 Risk Management PolicyJune 20203 Years
S21 Intimate Care PolicyJanuary 20203 Years
S22 Financial Probity PolicyJuly 20213 Years
S23 Code of Conduct for All AdultsNovember 20203 Years
S24 Staff Grievance PolicyNovember 20213 Years
S25 Staff Appraisal PolicyNovember 20213 Years
S26 Data Retention PolicyJune 20203 Years
S27 Vexatious Complaints PolicyFebruary 20213 Years