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School Regulation and Inspection

Independent schools are subject to a complex array of legal and regulatory requirements, and new legislation or policy is always under consideration.

ISC works on the sector’s behalf to reduce unnecessary red tape whilst maintaining sensible standards and inspection reports in which parents can have confidence.

2 Dec 2016

School Regulation and Inspection - update December 2016

Autumn Statement, Insurance, Inspections pilots, Inspections pilots, Consultations affecting charities, Charity law, Ministry of Defence Accredited Schools Database, Tax free childcare, General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR), DfE census data

4 Nov 2016

School Regulation and Inspection - update November 2016

Schools that work for everyone consultation, Children missing education, Tax free childcare, Inspection.

6 Oct 2016

School Regulation and Inspection - update October 2016

Schools that work for everyone consultation, Inspection, Data Protection, Fundraising Regulator, Charity law update, Technical issues in charity law consultation, Salary sacrifice consultation.

6 Sep 2016

Children missing education - statutory guidance

The reporting duties for schools when children are missing education have changed.

3 Sep 2016

New Fundraising Regulator

There will be a new fundraising regulator, formed as a result of the Etherington review into fundraising.

17 Aug 2016

New guidance for charity trustees

The Charity Commission has published new guidance for charity trustees on fundraising from the public.

17 Aug 2016

Ofqual consultation

Ofqual is currently seeking views

17 Aug 2016

General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR)

The GDPR will come into effect on 25 May 2018 and will affect every organisation that processes EU residents’ personally identifiable information.

17 Aug 2016

New fundraising regulator

There will be a new fundraising regulator, formed as a result of the Etherington review into fundraising.

17 Aug 2016

Children missing education

The Department of Education has indicated that reporting duties for schools when children are missing education, either through being unenrolled or extended absence, are to change.

17 Aug 2016

National Citizen Service (‘NCS’)

NCS is a youth development programme available to all 15 – 17 year olds.

2 Jun 2016

Teacher status checks

Employer Access renamed Teacher Services

2 Jun 2016

ISI Consultation

ISI has published its online consultation for part two quality of education inspections and shorter focussed compliance inspections on a risk-assessed basis.

2 Jun 2016

SORP research consultation

Joint consultation between the Charity Commission and the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator

2 Jun 2016

Data protection

In last month’s report, ISC informed schools that substantial changes to the UK’s data protection regime will apply from 25 May 2018.

10 May 2016

Fundraising Regulator

New website

10 May 2016

Charity Commission news

Latest edition of CC News

10 May 2016

Data protection: privacy notice model documents

Updated guidance

10 May 2016

Independent school action plans

Updated guidance

10 May 2016

DfE timelines

Mandatory timelines

10 May 2016

New requirement to have a Register of People with Significant Control

Registered companies must keep a Register of People with Significant Control

10 May 2016

Data Protection

The European Parliament has formally approved the EU's general data protection reform package, which includes General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

10 May 2016

Apprenticeship levy

The Apprenticeship levy is proposed to come into effect in April 2017 and will be payable at 0.5% of an employer’s pay bill.

10 May 2016

Teacher misconduct

Updated guidance

10 May 2016

Fundraising: Opt in/opt out

A blog on the current status

8 Apr 2016

Changes to Gift Aid declarations

HMRC has updated guidance on Gift Aid.

8 Apr 2016

Data Protection guidance from the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO)

ICO's recent publications.

8 Apr 2016

Disclosure and Barring Service

Delays with DBS applications, compliance visits and updated guidance.

8 Apr 2016

Charity Commission publications

The Charity Commission's recent publications.

8 Apr 2016

Fundraising

The Fundraising Preference Service working group has published a paper setting out some of the key proposals developed by the group.

8 Apr 2016

Charities (Protection and Social Investment) Act 2016

The Charities (Protection and Social Investment) Act 2016 received Royal Assent on 16 March.

1 Apr 2016

New requirement to have a Register of People with Significant Control

From 6 April 2016, registered companies must keep a Register of People with Significant Control (PSC Register), either with complete information or the official wording to say it is in the process of being completed.

3 Mar 2016

Data Protection

The Childcare Bill is soon to receive Royal Assent.

4 Feb 2016

Charity Commission – fundraising changes

There is an open consultation on the new Charity Commission guidance ‘Charity fundraising: a guide to trustee duties’.

4 Feb 2016

Data Protection

Updated advice.

4 Feb 2016

Registration of independent schools

Updated guidance.

14 Jan 2016

Fundraising Preference Service Working Group

Following Sir Stuart Etherington’s review into the self-regulation of charity fundraising, a working group has been established to consider the design and implementation of the recommended ‘Fundraising Preference Service’ (FPS).

14 Jan 2016

Right to rent

The Home Office has announced that from 1 February 2016, the Right to Rent scheme will be extended across England.

14 Jan 2016

Advice of issues relating to parental responsibility

DfE has published new advice

14 Jan 2016

Schools complaints procedure

DfE has published departmental advice

14 Jan 2016

Charity Commission guidance on fundraising consultation

ISC sent out an alert in December following the Charity Commission’s publication of revised fundraising guidance.

14 Jan 2016

DfE timelines and myths and facts information

DfE has updated its myths and facts information

7 Dec 2015

Charity Commission guidance on fundraising (CC20) Draft guidance published for consultation

The Charity Commission has published a draft document entitled ‘Charity fundraising: a guide to trustee duties’ which replaces the Commission’s current guidance ‘Charities and Fundraising’.

3 Dec 2015

Online Dispute Resolution (ODR)

BIS has published ODR guidance for businesses.

3 Dec 2015

Subject Access requests

The Information Commissioner's Office has published new guidance.

3 Dec 2015

Safe Harbour

The judgment of the Court of Justice of the European Union regarding the US Safe Harbor scheme is likely to be relevant to schools using cloud storage providers where centres are based in the US.

3 Dec 2015

Modern Slavery Act

The Modern Slavery Act 2015 requires commercial organisations supplying goods or services with a turnover of £36 million and above to publicly report steps they have taken to ensure their operations and supply chains are trafficking and slavery free.

3 Dec 2015

Data protection and boarding schools

Guidance document for BSA.

3 Dec 2015

Cloud software services and the Data Protection Act

DfE has updated the suppliers list.

6 Nov 2015

Charity Commission guidance and example annual report

The Charity Commission has published new guidelines on how independent schools can ensure they best demonstrate their public benefit.

6 Nov 2015

Consumer Rights Act 2015

Guidance provided by Business Companion

6 Nov 2015

Charity Commission inquiry into Stanbridge Earls

The Charity Commission has opened a statutory inquiry into Stanbridge Earls School Trust

6 Nov 2015

Automated external defibrillators

DfE has updated its guidance on automated external defibrillators in schools.

6 Nov 2015

Charity commission guidance on whistleblowing

The Charity Commission has published guidance on whistleblowing for charity employees.

6 Nov 2015

Teacher misconduct guidance

DfE has updated their advice on how professional conduct hearing panels review teacher misconduct.

22 Oct 2015

Charity Commission updates guidance for recording partnership work

New guidelines on how independent schools can ensure they best demonstrate their public benefit have been issued.

2 Oct 2015

Consumer Rights Act 2015

The Consumer Rights Act 2015 has introduced a number of significant changes to consumer law.

2 Oct 2015

Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)

In previous reports, ISC has provided information on the ADR directive.

2 Oct 2015

Induction for newly qualified teachers (NQTs)

Statutory guidance reviewed by DfE

2 Oct 2015

Cyber security

Cyber Essentials is a government-backed, industry supported scheme to help organisations protect themselves against common cyber attacks.

2 Oct 2015

DfE myths and facts update

Clarification of common misconceptions about running a school.

2 Oct 2015

Independent school timelines

DfE has updated useful and mandatory information timelines

2 Oct 2015

Call for evidence on the teachers' professional development standard

Consultation about Teachers' professional development standard

2 Sep 2015

Prohibition from management checks (section 128)

A letter from DfE to schools regarding Prohibition from management checks.

2 Sep 2015

Alternative Dispute Resolution - September 2015

ISC's Q&A document for independent schools.

2 Sep 2015

Royal College of Nursing notice

ISC has been provided with further information by the RCN for school nurses.

2 Sep 2015

Guidance for trustees

The Charity Commission has updated guidance document.

2 Sep 2015

Guidance on automated external defibrillators in schools 

DFE's updated guide for schools on external defibrillators in schools

2 Sep 2015

Privacy notice model documents

Data protection: privacy notice model documents

2 Sep 2015

Guidance on Cloud software services and the Data Protection Act 

Guidance on Cloud software services and the Data Protection Act.

2 Sep 2015

UKVI update right to work guidance

Right to work checks: an employer's guide

2 Sep 2015

Tier 2 Call for evidence

Call for evidence review: Tier 2 route

1 Jul 2015

Prevent Duty

DfE publish departmental advice

4 Jun 2015

Alternative Dispute Resolution

Following publication of the Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Directive and the Online Dispute Resolution (ODR) Regulation in July 2013, the government is in the process of transposing the requirements into national law.

4 Jun 2015

Consumer Rights Act 2015

The Consumer Rights Act 2015 is a major overhaul and consolidation of consumer protection law and received Royal Assent in March this year.

6 May 2015

NMS for boarding schools and residential special schools

DfE published the revised National Minimum Standards for boarding schools and residential special schools. Also see updates on the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act 2015

27 Mar 2015

Department for Education and Home Office guidance

Revised statutory guidance and sponsor guidance published.

24 Mar 2015

DBS guide to eligibility

DBS has updated its guide to eligibility. Also see updates on Prevent Duty guidance.

3 Mar 2015

Counter Terrorism and Security Act 2015

The Counter Terrorism Bill obtained Royal Assent on 12 February 2015. Also see updates on NMS for boarding schools, Essential Trustee (CC3) and Prohibition from management checks.

30 Jan 2015

New Independent School Standards Regulations

New Independent School Standards Regulations came into effect on 5 January 2015.

1 Dec 2014

ISSRs, Ofsted and Inspections

Work continues on Project Foster, the cross-association initiative focussing on proposed changes to the inspection landscape for ISC Schools.

28 Nov 2014

Independent School Standards Regulations (ISSRs)

Government response and advice published for Part 2 of the ISSRs.

31 Oct 2014

House of Lords Secondary Legislation Scrutiny Committee

The Committee have published a report drawing the Independent School Standards Regulations to the special attention of the House. Also see updates on the Ofsted consultation ‘better inspection for all’.

30 Sep 2014

Timelines and Documents 

DfE publishes updated timelines and myths and facts document. Also see updates on statutory policies for schools and the Independent School Standards.

29 Aug 2014

Early Years Foundation Stage framework

The new Early Years Foundation Stage framework is effective from September 2014. Also see updates on the management of independent schools, independent inspectorates, careers guidance, DfE’s consent form and school admissions code.

30 Jun 2014

Potential changes to inspection regime

DfE launch summer consultation on changes to ISS regulations.

31 Mar 2014

DfE Consultation on Independent School Inspectorates

The Department for Education has launched a consultation on the regulation of ISI and the other independent inspectorates in England. Also see updates on changes to regulatory regime and DfE’s research priorities.

6 May 2015

Childcare and Schools fact sheets

Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act: Childcare and Schools fact sheets from the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills.

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1 Dec 2014

Proposed New Independent School Standards

Government consultation response from the Department for Education.

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