Department for Education: live consultations of all current consultation exercises being conducted by the Department for Education.en-gb© Crown copyright. for Education Revision to the SEN and Disability Code of Practice: 0-25 years index.cfm?action=consultationDetails&consultationId=1963&external=no Wed, 16 Apr 2014 08:00:00 GMT index.cfm?action=consultationDetails&consultationId=1963&external=no Core maths technical guidance <p>In September 2015, awarding organisations will be introducing new Core Maths qualifications for general teaching. Early teaching trials of newly accredited qualifications will start in autumn 2014. A policy statement setting out an initial position on characteristics of qualifications in order to count in performance tables was published 6 January 2014. Since then, the Department of Education has consulted informally with organisations, including awarding bodies, maths organisations and 16-19 and higher education representative groups to inform the technical guidance for awarding organisations.</p> <p>We would like to thank these organisations and individuals for their recommendations, and would now like to invite comment on detailed technical guidance, which sets out the requirements that Level 3 qualifications should meet for approval as Core Maths qualifications in 2017 school and college performance tables.</p> index.cfm?action=consultationDetails&consultationId=1959&external=no Mon, 14 Apr 2014 08:15:00 GMT index.cfm?action=consultationDetails&consultationId=1959&external=no Intermediary Services For Descendants-Relatives Of Adopted People <p>This consultation seeks views on which groups of people should be granted access to &ldquo;intermediary services&rdquo;. Intermediary services currently facilitate contact and (in some circumstances) disclosure of information between adopted adults and their birth relatives. During the Lords report stage of the Children and Families Bill (now an Act), the Government agreed to amend the Bill to address the issue of allowing the direct descendants of adopted people and other relatives access to intermediary services.</p> index.cfm?action=consultationDetails&consultationId=1960&external=no Thu, 10 Apr 2014 08:15:00 GMT index.cfm?action=consultationDetails&consultationId=1960&external=no Independent inspectorates: regulations and advice <p>The Department for Education is proposing to introduce regulations and advice to make approval of independent inspectorates more transparent and raise standards by setting expectations around the diversity and independence, the appointment and training of inspectors, the framework they use, internal quality assurance and monitoring by Ofsted.</p> index.cfm?action=consultationDetails&consultationId=1955&external=no Fri, 28 Mar 2014 12:00:00 GMT index.cfm?action=consultationDetails&consultationId=1955&external=no Childminder agencies and changes to the local authority role <p>This consultation seeks views on changes to the provision of early education and childcare as a result of measures in the Children and Families Act 2014. The measures in the Act were set out in the report 'More Great Childcare' published by the Department for Education on 29 January 2013 and 'More Affordable Childcare' published on 16 July 2013.</p> index.cfm?action=consultationDetails&consultationId=1953&external=no Fri, 28 Mar 2014 10:30:00 GMT index.cfm?action=consultationDetails&consultationId=1953&external=no Savings to the Education Services Grant for 2015-16 <p>This consultation will collect views about how local authorities and academies can achieve savings to the Education Services Grant for 2015-16.</p> <p>The 2013 Spending Round announced that the Government will reduce the Education Services Grant by around &pound;200 million in 2015-16. This consultation will inform how the reductions will be implemented.</p> <p>We are inviting views on:</p> <ul> <li>How local authorities and academies use the Education Services Grant currently</li> <li>How local authorities and academies can make savings to the services funding by the Education Services Grant</li> <li>How the Department for Education can help local authorities and academies to make savings</li> </ul> index.cfm?action=consultationDetails&consultationId=1958&external=no Thu, 27 Mar 2014 14:45:00 GMT index.cfm?action=consultationDetails&consultationId=1958&external=no Review of the balance of competences <p>This consultation is a call for evidence on the Government's review of the balance of competences between the United Kingdom and the European Union.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> index.cfm?action=consultationDetails&consultationId=1956&external=no Thu, 27 Mar 2014 11:00:00 GMT index.cfm?action=consultationDetails&consultationId=1956&external=no New home to school travel and transport guidance <p>The Department for Education is proposing to introduce new Home to School Travel and Transport Guidance. The law has not changed and the duty to provide home to school transport remains with local authorities. However, the current guidance was published in 2007 and needs to be updated to reflect better the schools system that has developed since 2010.</p> <p>The aim of the new guidance is to reduce prescription and allow greater freedoms for local authorities to develop transport policies that meet the needs of their areas. The guidance also sets out a recommended appeals process that is intended to be both clearer for parents and local authorities and more independent.</p> <p>This&nbsp;10 week consultation seeks views on the content of this guidance and on how successfully it meets these aims.</p> index.cfm?action=consultationDetails&consultationId=1938&external=no Tue, 25 Mar 2014 12:00:00 GMT index.cfm?action=consultationDetails&consultationId=1938&external=no Fairer schools funding in 2015-16 <p>We are seeking views on the proposal to allocate an additional &pound;350 million in 2015 to 2016 for the least fairly funded local areas.</p> <p>The Department for Education proposes to allocate an additional &pound;350 million in the 2015 to 2016 financial year, to increase the per-pupil budgets for the least fairly funded local areas.</p> <p>The proposal will mean that in the 2015 to 2016 financial year, every local area will attract a minimum level of funding for each of its pupils and schools, making the distribution of funding to local areas fairer while ensuring that no area receives a cut to its per-pupil budget.</p> <p>We are proposing to continue the same local funding arrangements for the 2015 to 2016 financial year as are currently in place for the 2014 to 2015 financial year.</p> <p>We are inviting views on:</p> <ul> <li>how to set these minimum funding levels</li> <li>how we will distribute the additional &pound;350 million funding</li> <li>whether small changes to the operation of the sparsity factor would be helpful</li> </ul> <p>This sparsity factor allows local authorities to allocate additional funding to small schools that are essential to serving small rural communities.</p> index.cfm?action=consultationDetails&consultationId=1954&external=no Thu, 13 Mar 2014 12:15:00 GMT index.cfm?action=consultationDetails&consultationId=1954&external=no Acoustic design of schools: performance standards 2014 <p><strong>Including the specification of acoustic performance to comply with the Building Regulations.</strong></p> <p>This consultation seeks views on the draft Acoustic Performance standards for schools which will replace those given in Building Bulletin 93, <em>Acoustic Design of Schools</em>, published in 2003.</p> <p><strong>These draft standards would provide the normal means of compliance with the Acoustic Requirement E4 on Acoustics in Schools of Part E of the Building Regulations and provide non-statutory guidance in support of the acoustic requirement in The School Premises Regulations 2012 and The Independent Schools Standards 2013.</strong></p> index.cfm?action=consultationDetails&consultationId=1930&external=no Wed, 05 Mar 2014 10:00:00 GMT index.cfm?action=consultationDetails&consultationId=1930&external=no Child Poverty Strategy 2014-17: Consultation <p>This Government is focused on breaking the cycle of disadvantage &ndash; where you start in life should not determine where you end up. Ending child poverty is an essential part of this vision. We firmly believe the way to end poverty is to tackle the root causes&nbsp;now and across generations so we can transform lives. We want to know what more can be done and how we can work together to end child poverty. Only by working together can we transform the lives of the poorest children in our society. We are seeking views on our draft strategy, which sets out what action we plan to take from 2014 to 2017 to tackle child poverty.</p> index.cfm?action=consultationDetails&consultationId=1942&external=no Thu, 27 Feb 2014 09:00:00 GMT index.cfm?action=consultationDetails&consultationId=1942&external=no