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. Childcare out of school hours

    Childcare for your children before and after school - after-school clubs, breakfast clubs, homework clubs, childminders

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Guidance and regulation

  1. What maintained schools must publish online
  2. School workforce census: guide to submitting data
  3. School workforce census 2018: guides
  4. What academies, free schools and colleges should publish online
  5. Governance handbook and competency framework
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News and communications

  1. Holbeach Primary School
  2. Reducing workload in schools: joint letter to all school leaders
  3. Buxton School
  4. St Aloysius Catholic Primary School
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Research and statistics

  1. Secondary and primary school application and offers: 2018
  2. Public Appointments: Annual Report for Northern Ireland, 2016/17
  3. Admissions appeals in England: academic year 2017 to 2018
  4. Secondary school choice and selection: national preferences data
  5. Obesity, healthy eating and physical activity in primary schools
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Policy papers and consultations

  1. Ventilation, thermal comfort and indoor air quality in schools
  2. Staffing and employment advice for schools
  3. Schools that work for everyone
  4. Increasing flexible working in schools
  5. Sharing support staff across schools in a multi-academy trust
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Transparency and freedom of information releases

  1. Lancashire and West Yorkshire Headteacher Board
  2. South-East England and South London Headteacher Board
  3. East Midlands and the Humber Headteacher Board
  4. East of England and North-East London Headteacher Board
  5. Free schools: application information for wave 13
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