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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.

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.