This section brings together all statutory guidance and key advice for schools. The statutory guidance reflects the current legal position and will be updated to reflect changes to legislation and government policy. We continue to review all existing advice, aiming to remove what is not necessary and simplify what is left. Our intention is that guidance is short and clear about what schools have to do, should do and can choose to do. We are continuing to update this section to include advice documents from the Department’s executive agencies. The statutory guidance documents relate to education regulations that must be followed, and do not include the full suite of education regulations and duties. Please email us your feedback on how useful you found this section.
A comprehensive list of all documents appears to the left, with the most recently published/updated at the top. You can view just statutory guidance, just departmental advice, or by policy category by selecting the relevant filter on the left. You can also find documents using the key word search function at the top of the page.
This document outlines the policies and other documents governing bodies and proprietors are legally required to hold, how often each must be reviewed and who should approve each document.
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This document addresses a number of common misconceptions that exist about what schools are required to do, or to have in place.
These timelines provide important information to enable schools to plan ahead and prepare for changes that will take place during the new academic year, and into the next.