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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.

19 Sep 2017 School Regulation and Inspection

School Regulation and Inspection - update September 2017

Data Protection, Charity Law, Pupil UPNs, Law Commission Report on Charity Law, Adrenaline auto-injectors and Inspections

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6 Jul 2017 School Regulation and Inspection

School Regulation and Inspection - update July 2017

The Information Commissioner's Office has published revised guidance.

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7 Jun 2017 School Regulation and Inspection

School Regulation and Inspection - update June 2017

How to prepare for the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR)

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4 May 2017 School Regulation and Inspection

School Regulation and Inspection - update May 2017

Inspection - advice from ISI

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4 Apr 2017 School Regulation and Inspection

School Regulation and Inspection - update April 2017

Apprenticeship levy

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1 Feb 2017

Teacher Workload Survey 2016

DfE Research report

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9 Jul 2017

Subject access code of practice

SAR code of practice: Dealing with requests from individuals for personal information

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