We are in the process of moving all current statutory guidance and departmental advice publications to GOV.UK. You can still access these publications from this section. From 1 January 2014 all new or revised statutory guidance and departmental advice will be published on the GOV.UK website only.
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.
Statutory guidance, updated in December 2013, for appropriate bodies, headteachers, school staff and governing bodies.
Statutory guidance 28 February 2014
Amendments to statutory guidance on delegation of decision making about looked-after children to their carers.
Statutory guidance 27 February 2014
Departmental advice for local authorities, governing bodies, foundation bodies, trustees, diocesan authorities, voluntary bodies, academies and sports organisations on protecting school playing fields.
Departmental advice 06 February 2014
Departmental advice and information on the procedures for the regulatory system, relating to teacher misconduct.
Departmental advice 24 January 2014
Departmental advice on pupil registers and attendance codes; school day and year.
Departmental advice 21 January 2014
Information on how professional conduct hearing panels review teacher misconduct.
Departmental advice 17 January 2014
Departmental advice for school leaders and governing bodies of maintained schools and management committees of pupil referral units in England.
Departmental advice 13 January 2014
Statutory guidance about involving children and young people in decision making.
Statutory guidance 10 January 2014
Departmental advice produced to help answer some of the most common questions raised by school staff on drug-related issues.
Departmental advice 10 January 2014
Non-statutory guidance on school uniform and related policies.
Departmental advice 07 January 2014
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.
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.