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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.

7 Mar 2017 School Regulation and Inspection

School Regulation and Inspection - update March 2017

Apprenticeship levy, sex and relationships education, wealth screening, common standard reporting for charities, general data protection regulations, careers guidance for schools, teacher recruitment and retention, teacher workload and NCS.

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2 Feb 2017 School Regulation and Inspection

School Regulation and Inspection - update February 2017

New fundraising regulator, apprenticeship levy, charity law round up, Migratory Advisory Committee report, HMRC to go digital with its anti-money laundering activity, DfE guidance on buying, new governance handbook and competency framework and more.

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12 Jan 2017 School Regulation and Inspection

School Regulation and Inspection - update January 2017

Inquiry into education and promoting emotional well-being of pupils, Fundraising Regulator, Malpractice in A levels and GCSEs, Charities and breach of information law, Commission on religious education (CoRE), Apprenticeship levy consultation

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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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13 Dec 2016

ISC’s response to “Schools that work for everyone”

ISC has responded to the consultation “Schools that work for everyone”. Our consultation response can be viewed.

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.