Running and managing a school

Governance, school admissions, premises, data collection and censuses, complaints, uniforms, setting up or changing a school's status.


  1. Apply for a primary school place

    Apply for a state primary school place through your local council

  2. Schools admissions

    Get a place for your child at a primary or secondary school - applications, deadlines, admission criteria, appeals and complaints

  3. Apply for a secondary school place

    Apply for a state secondary school place through your local council

  4. Complain about a school or childminder

    Complain about a school or childminder - complaints process, when to complain to the Department for Education, the Education Funding Agency or Ofsted

  5. Find before and after school and holiday clubs

    Ask your council about before and after school clubs and holiday play schemes run by a school, private or voluntary organisation

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Guidance and regulation

  1. School census 2018 to 2019: guide for schools and LAs
  2. School census: guide to submitting data
  3. School complaints procedures: guidance for schools
  4. School to school service: how to transfer information
  5. Deal for schools: hiring supply teachers and agency workers
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News and communications

  1. Annual report of the Chief Schools Adjudicator for England
  2. St Mary the Virgin Church of England Primary School
  3. The Bellbird Primary School
  4. St John the Baptist CE Junior School
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Research and statistics

  1. Sustainable improvement in multi-school groups
  2. Summary of Annual Examination Results (SAER) 2017/18
  3. Approaches to supporting disadvantaged pupils
  4. Public Appointments: Annual Report for Northern Ireland, 2016/17
  5. Secondary and primary school application and offers: 2018
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Policy papers and consultations

  1. School security: draft guidance
  2. Ventilation, thermal comfort and indoor air quality in schools
  3. Staffing and employment advice for schools
  4. Schools that work for everyone
  5. Voluntary-aided schools capital scheme: equalities impact assessment
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Transparency and freedom of information releases

  1. South-East England and south London headteacher board
  2. North of England headteacher board
  3. Lancashire and west Yorkshire headteacher board
  4. East Midlands and the Humber headteacher board
  5. Free schools and UTCs: successful applications
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