Model Policies

The documents available to download from this page are model policies and procedures for use in Catholic schools and academies.

The CES produce separate versions of policies and procedures for schools in England and for academies situated in England and a version for schools in Wales. They are designed to ensure that the Bishops' objective, that Catholic schools and academies fulfil their responsibilities to preserve and develop the Catholic character of the school, is met throughout the employment relationship.

The CES policies and procedures are designed to cover all substantive issues that are likely to arise in a school environment. Models of this nature cannot cover matters that arise which are specific to local circumstances. Whilst schools, in order to comply with the Bishops’ requirements, must adopt the model policies as published by the CES, they may need to be adjusted to meet the specific practical needs of the school and its workforce, in consultation with both staff and local union officials/representatives. Schools are required to seek approval from their diocese when any CES document is amended to reflect the school’s specific, practical and localised needs.

In terms of the type of adjustment which may be necessary to meet localised needs, examples may include a small school building in relationships with other schools so that there are sufficient numbers to effectively carry out procedures at the various stages under the relevant policy, a local agreement in relation to the maximum number of objectives in an appraisal cycle or even inserting additional school level procedures for, for example, pay review. As mandated by the Bishops, the role of the CES model policies and procedures is to continue to preserve and develop the Catholic character of Catholic schools and academies: this is a requirement that we have ensured is reflected throughout CES documents which is why it is essential that CES employment documentation is used and why no adjustments may be made to the model documents unless absolutely necessary and with diocesan approval.