The Key for School Leaders

The Key for School Leaders is the national information service that provides busy school leaders with instant answers to questions on all aspects of managing a school. Members use the service to save time, solve problems and increase efficiency, and it offers high-quality, impartial information and guidance from authoritative sources and a wealth of practical resources.


• 3,500+ online articles, with information and resources on all aspects of school leadership

• 1,000+ examples of school policies, plus policy checklists

• Downloadable template forms and reports

• Case studies from our teaching school partners

• QuickReads summarising new government policies and legislation

• School leader planners and checklists

• Our unlimited ‘Ask the Expert’ service

• Help with preparing for Ofsted inspections

• An interactive online calendar of important dates

• Evidence Digests summarising research into different teaching and learning strategies

• News briefing weekly emails and need-to-know alerts

Key features of the service

The Key supports all members of the senior team, including the headteacher and assistants/deputies, school business manager, department heads, special educational needs co-ordinators and others.

No question is too big or too small – from raising achievement to managing the school budget, safeguarding to preparing for inspection, the service covers all topics that are important to school leaders. Everything provided is carefully prepared to ensure it is clear, accurate and highly practical.

• Save time – rely on us for instant answers to questions and specialist expertise at your fingertips

• Solve problems – draw on experience, examples and case studies from across the country

• Increase efficiency – focus on higher-value tasks while we do the legwork

• Improve outcomes and make a difference - we can support you in driving whole-school improvement

• Stay informed – receive our weekly news round-ups, timely alerts and updates relevant to your role

• Keep one step ahead – use our interactive calendar, planners and checklists

• Work effectively as a team – get support for all your senior leaders and share information easily

• Be inspection ready – prepare your evidence with templates, checklists and questions that inspectors may ask

• Write effective policies – rely on us for carefully curated real-life examples, plus checklists and tips

• Save costs – reduce your need for consultancy and subscriptions to other services

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