Answered By: Sarah Purcell
Last Updated: Apr 30, 2019     Views: 2008

To reference a school policy, you need to use an appendix to ensure confidentiality. This is a separate section which contains the specific example or extract of a document you are discussing in your writing.

You should anonymise the document by removing any identifying details such as school names or pupil names. In your writing, you would state 'see Appendix 1' or similar (it may appear in brackets if it is placed at the end of a sentence) instead of referencing the work in the usual way. 

  • If in doubt, check with your tutors about their preferences in presenting these sorts of examples.
  • It is not necessary to include a whole policy or document, particularly if it is long. Try to include only the extract(s) which are relevant to your discussion.
  • You Appendix should be given a title e.g. Appendix 1: Behaviour management policy
  • The appendix usually appears after the reference list, but ask your tutors if you are unsure.
  • Words in the title pages, reference list and appendices are not normally included in the final word count. See the University Assessment Policy, section 5, for further information.