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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.

Early Years Foundation Stage framework

Earlier this year ISC reported that the new EYFS document, which is effective from September 2014, has been published. See the new EYFS framework and a note with a summary of the main changes produced by Foundation Years. Statutory Framework for the EYFS changes 2014

Management of independent schools

The government has published their consultation response to the management of independent schools and proposed regulations consultation.

Independent inspectorates: regulations and advice

The government has published the final form of advice regarding the approval of independent inspectorates, including ISI, together with a summary of consultation responses and the government’s response.

Careers guidance

DfE has published two documents concerning the statutory duty to provide careers guidance to all pupils in years 8-13 which is applicable to maintained schools. The duty does not apply to independent schools, however some may find it to be a useful guide as it sets out what the government currently considers to be best practice. See the guidance and the advice for schools.

DfE template consent form

DfE has published a template consent form to cover a child’s participation in any school activity that needs a higher level of risk management or that takes place outside school hours. It is suggested that schools can ask parents or guardians to sign this form when they first enrol their child. Schools may therefore find it useful when creating their own template consent form.

School Admissions Code

DfE is currently consulting on the School Admissions Code. Whilst the Code is not applicable to independent schools, it contains a restriction on naming independent schools as feeder schools. ISC has lobbied for some time to have this removed and will respond to the consultation.

6 Sep 2016 School Regulation and Inspection

Children missing education - statutory guidance

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

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3 Sep 2016 School Regulation and Inspection

New Fundraising Regulator

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

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17 Aug 2016 School Regulation and Inspection

New guidance for charity trustees

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

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17 Aug 2016 School Regulation and Inspection

Ofqual consultation

Ofqual is currently seeking views

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17 Aug 2016 School Regulation and Inspection

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.

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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.

1 Dec 2014

Proposed New Independent School Standards

Government consultation response from the Department for Education.