Every school must have policies and procedures in place. A school’s policies and procedures are adopted from laws passed by the Government. These are in place to ensure the school is run correctly, and that staff, pupils, and any other individuals involved with the school are protected and meeting expectations and guidelines. There are usually a large number of policies in place within a school. These can include policies such as Child Protection, Health and Safety, Fire Safety, Confidentiality, Anti-Bullying, Teaching and Learning, Homework, and many more. These policies and procedures are relevant to staff, pupils and parents. These policies must be updated regularly, and some of the content revised, in order to keep them relevant. Some of the policies in place relating to staff could be a pay policy, performance management, or grievance policy. These should be in place to enable staff to feel protected in the workplace as well as remaining professional.
The school polices are an agreement between parents, staff, governors and volunteers with the school rules which they all need to follow up. Educational policies and procedures need to be reviewed on a regular basis to keep them up to date with the changes within the school establishment and government legislation. Senior members of staff will gather together in a meeting to discuss what needs amending and updating within the policies and procedures. A senior member of staff will then draft the new policy or procedure and send it over to the governors to be agreed and finalised. Each current policy is available view online. When the policy is coming up for review, the system sends an email reminder to the person in charge to prompt them to initiate the review process. It’s important that all members of staff are made aware of any new policies or changes to existing policies. Staff are made aware by staff meetings. It will then need to be agreed by the governing body before it takes effect.