1. Statutory policies
The Department for Education provides:
- Statutory policies for schools and colleges on the gov.uk website.
- Early years providers foundation stage statutory framework on the gov.uk website.
2. Model school policies and documents
- Model Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy for Schools September 2018
- Online Safety Policy Template - September 2018
- Online Safety Policy Template Supplementary Notes
- Model Staff Behaviour Policy / Code of Conduct
These safeguarding policies are fully Covid-19 compliant. You can find them on our safeguarding page.
The Department for Education has updated a section of its guidance for school complaints procedures 2020, for the Covid-19 pandemic.
The ESCC Model Complaints Policy has not been formally updated, but all boards need to agree to the above as an addendum their complaints policy during the pandemic.
You can find the model complaints policy and the complaints toolkit on our governors pages.
3. Model school personnel and finance policies
Model administrative policies are a resource on Webshop. They are available to schools buying services.
These links will take you to Webshop. Please enter your Webshop password to access resources.
Health and safety
The Health & Safety Policy should always reflect the procedures currently in operation and if local procedures have changed in a specific area due to Covid-19, the policy should be updated. For example, if first aid arrangements have changed due to a lack of paediatric first aiders on site, then the health and safety policy should reflect that.
If you wish to include a specific paragraph on Covid-19, please add this section to your school's local policy:
“Covid-19 - The school regularly reviews the government guidance on COVID 19 and ensures that policies, procedures and risk assessments are in place. A school specific risk assessment on COVID 19 has been undertaken and has been approved by the governing body. This risk assessment is regularly reviewed and is available to staff on (insert location of where staff can view the document). The school will keep staff updated on any changes to the risk assessment or associated policies/procedures.”
The updated model policy can be found on the Webshop.
4. ESCC Education plans and policies
We adhere to the following policies and protocols for education. Guidance for schools is included in these where appropriate.
Admission rules on our main website
Extended support assistant (special educational needs)
Fair access protocol (admissions)
Offsite activities on our visit safety website
School transport on our main website