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:
- Safeguarding (Trust)
- Data Protection with privacy notices for parents (Trust)
- Health and Safety (Trust)
- E Safety and Acceptable Use of ICT (Trust)
- Administration of Medicines (Trust)
- Supporting Pupils with Medical Conditions (Trust)
- Behaviour (Academy)
- Careers Information & Guidance (Academy (Secondary Academies only))
- Charging and Remissions (Trust)
- Complaints policy/procedure (Trust)
- Equality and Diversity (Trust)
- 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 email@example.com 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.