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. The academy should personalise the red text of the core policy for their academy setting. The Local Governance Committee (LGC) will then receive and note the policy at an LGC meeting.  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. Online Policy (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 Statutory Duties and Objectives (Trust)
  12. Speak Up Policy (Trust) – fulfils requirement to have clear whistleblowing procedures in place
  13. Remote Learning Policy (Academy)
  14. Uniform Policy (Academy)

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 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:

Gender Pay Gap report March 2024


Trust Equality Objectives for 2023-2024 are:

  1. We will undertake a detailed review of all data supporting the Equalities Policy and related policies and identify the core data for:
    – The Trust
    – Each academy
  2. To take action to advance equality of opportunity, and further move towards the eradication of prejudice-related bullying in relation to the protected characteristics listed in the Equality Act 2010 by ensuring that there is an open culture of reporting and that every case is thoroughly investigated, and restorative approaches used to bring about behaviour changes.
  3. We will take action to ensure we are an employer of choice with an active recruitment policy to recruit from under-represented groups and develop our equality profile of all staff to help us understand and address key equality issues in our workforce.
  4. To monitor levels of parental and pupil engagement (especially the most disadvantaged) in learning and school life, across all activities to ensure equity and fairness in access and engagement. And then to ensure all pupils are given similar opportunities with regards to enriching extracurricular activities.

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.


Trust Privacy Notice

St Benet’s Privacy Notice – Academy Staff 2023


Trade Union Facility Time:

TU Facility time September 2022-23


St Benet’s MAT contact details:

Registered and postal address: Orchard House, Hall Lane, East Tuddenham, Norfolk NR20 3LR
Main office tel: 01603 550147

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 Policy Statutory Date Approved Frequency of Review
00 COVID-19 Amendments Index (St Benet’s) 12 May 2020 As needed
Gender Pay Gap Reporting Statement 6 November 2020 Annual
HR01 Staff Induction Policy November 2021 3 Years
HR02 Discretionary Leave of Absence February 2022 3 Years
HR03 Continuous Professional Development Policy September 2021 3 Years
HR04 Staff Well Being Policy November 2021 3 Years
HR05 Recruitment and Selection Policy (Inc. Safer Recruitment) October 2022 Annual
HR06 Staff Probation Policy April 2024 3 Years
HR08 Management of Sickness Absence Policy June 2023 3 Years
HR09 Flexible Working Policy February 2022 3 Years
HR10 Ex Offenders Statement November 2021 3 Years
HR11 Bullying and Harassment Policy November 2021 3 Years
HR12 Lone Working Policy February 2022 3 Years
HR14 Maternity and Maternity Support Leave Policy September 2022 3 Years
HR15 Adoption Policy May 2023 3 Years
HR16 Employee Expenses Policy November 2020 3 Years
HR17 Smoke Free Policy June 2023 3 Years
HR18 Shared Parental Leave Policy June 2023 3 Years
HR19 Staffing Adjustment Policy June 2020 3 Years
HR20 Lockdown, Invacuation and Evacuation Policy September 2021 3 Years
HR21 Menopause Policy March 2022 3 Years
HR22 Domestic Abuse Policy October 2022 3 Years
HR23 Volunteer Policy March 2024 Annual
HR24 Reference Policy September 2023 3 Years
HR25 Secure handling of information provided by the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) November 2023 Annual
NS01 Collective Worship Policy June 2023 3 Years
NS02 Online Policy March 2023 Annual
NS03 Lettings Policy July 2022 3 Years
NS04 Anti Bullying Policy March 2023 3 Years
NS05 Religious Education Policy February 2022 3 Years
NS06 Trust Wide Cleaning Policy March 2022 3 Years
NS08 Offensive Weapons Policy June 2023 3 Years
NS10 Alternative Provision Policy October 2023 Annual
NS11 Parent, Carer and Visitor Conduct Policy March 2024 3 Years
S01 Accessibility Policy and Plan March 2022 3 Years
S02 Special Educational Needs and Disability Policy February 2023 Annual
S03 Supporting Pupils with Medical Conditions Policy May 2023 Annual
S04 Relationships, Sex and Health Education Policy October 2022 Annual
S05 Health and Safety Policy September 2023 Annual
S06 Equality and Diversity Policy February 2023 3 Years - Objectives reviewed annually
S07 Admissions Policy 2025-26 Beacon Federation January 2024 Annual
S07 Admissions Policy 2025-26 Community Primary & Infant January 2024 Annual
S07 Admissions Policy 2025-26 Primary January 2024 Annual
S07 Admissions Policy Transfer to Junior Academy Policy 2025-26 Church January 2024 Annual
S07 Admissions Policy Transfer to Secondary 2025-26 January 2024 Annual
S08 Charging and Remissions Policy September 2023 3 Years
S09 Data Protection Policy September 2023 Annual
S10 Complaints Procedure September 2023 Annual
S11 Staff Capability Policy February 2022 3 Years
S12 Disciplinary Procedures for All Staff February 2022 3 Years
S13 Statement of procedures for dealing with allegations made against / low-level concerns raised in relation to staff, including supply teachers, volunteers and contractors September 2023 Annual
S14 Whole School Pay Policy November 2023 Annual
S15 Trustee and Governor Allowances Policy July 2022 3 Years
S16 Safeguarding Policy September 2023 Annual
S17 Finance Policy December 2023 Annual
S18 Business Continuity Policy March 2024 3 Years
S19 Administration of Medicines Policy June 2023 3 Years
S20 Risk Management Policy March 2024 3 Years
S21 Intimate Care Policy May 2023 3 Years
S23 Code of Conduct Staff and Volunteers March 2024 Annual
S24 Staff Grievance Policy March 2024 Annual
S25 Staff Appraisal Policy November 2021 3 Years
S26 Data Retention Policy July 2022 3 Years
S27 Early Career Teacher (ECT) Induction Policy February 2024 3 Years
S28 Speak Up Policy March 2024 3 Years
S28 Whistleblowing Policy March 2024 3 Years