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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.

DfE publishes updated timelines and myths and facts document

DfE has published updated mandatory and useful timelines for schools and governors. The timelines set out important information to help headteachers, principals and governors plan ahead, prepare for and apply mandatory legal requirements during this academic year and beyond. DfE has specified that they have tried to be as precise as possible but some of the timings are indicative and may change. DfE’s myths and facts document has also been updated.

Advice on statutory policies for schools

DfE has published advice on the policies and documents that governing bodies and proprietors of schools are required to have by law. The advice makes clear how often each policy must be reviewed and also shows the level of approval required (where this is prescribed in regulations). Independent schools, academies and free schools have greater freedoms than maintained schools in relation to school policies and other documents. Where relevant, arrangements applying to these schools are noted against each entry.

DfE publish revised Part 2 of Independent School Standards

Following the summer consultation on the proposed changes to the Independent School Standards Regulations, DfE has now published the revised Part 2. The changed SMSC requirements came into force on 29 September 2014. The part published is essentially the same as the draft that was consulted on. Interestingly the only significant difference is that DfE has not changed “pupil” to “student” which they seemed keen to do in order to make the regulations consistent with other legislation. ISC is aware that there were some strong objections to the change in terminology and consequently it would appear that DfE has decided not to progress this particular change. In ISC’s consultation response, we expressed concerns about how the requirements to ‘actively promote British values’ and ‘encourage respect for the basis on which the law is made in England’ would be inspected. These requirements remain in the published regulations.

2 Dec 2016 School Regulation and Inspection

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

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4 Nov 2016 School Regulation and Inspection

School Regulation and Inspection - update November 2016

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

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6 Oct 2016 School Regulation and Inspection

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.

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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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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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