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Schools: departmental advice

The Department for Education’s advice publications for schools and local authorities.

Departmental advice helps schools and local authorities understand how to comply with the law. There is no legal requirement to follow the advice, but it explains what government policies mean in practice.

These publications reflect the current legal position (unless otherwise indicated), but may not reflect the current government’s policies.

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Administration and finance

  1. Buying ICT for your school

    • 3 November 2014
    • Guidance
  2. Charging for school activities

    • 22 October 2014
    • Guidance
  3. Consistent financial reporting framework (CFR): 2013 to 2014

    • 9 April 2014
    • Guidance
  4. School procurement: buying collaboratively

    • 7 November 2014
    • Guidance
  5. Effective buying for your school

    • 6 March 2015
    • Guidance
  6. Free schools: procurement advice

    • 26 March 2014
    • Guidance
  7. Regulation of schools and academies with exempt charity status

    • 14 February 2014
    • Guidance
  8. Schools financial value standard and assurance

    • 19 February 2014
    • Guidance

Behaviour and attendance

  1. Behaviour and discipline in schools

    • 12 September 2014
    • Guidance
  2. Elective home education

    • 1 November 2007
    • Guidance
  3. Preventing bullying

    • 17 November 2014
    • Guidance
  4. School attendance

    • 6 October 2014
    • Guidance
  5. Searching, screening and confiscation

    • 14 February 2014
    • Guidance
  6. Use of reasonable force in schools

    • 17 July 2013
    • Guidance

Ethos

  1. Collective worship in schools

    • 31 January 1994
    • Guidance
  2. School uniform

    • 16 September 2013
    • Guidance

Governance

  1. Advice on statutory policies for schools

    • 22 September 2014
    • Guidance
  2. Establishment and governance of new maintained schools

    • 1 May 2007
    • Guidance
  3. Equality Act 2010: advice for schools

    • 17 June 2014
    • Guidance
  4. Freedom of information: guide for academies

    • 30 April 2012
    • Guidance
  5. Governors' handbook

    • 16 January 2015
    • Guidance
  6. School complaints procedure

    • 22 August 2014
    • Guidance
  7. School governance regulations 2013

    • 13 January 2014
    • Guidance

Health and safety

  1. Asbestos management in schools

    • 25 March 2015
    • Guidance
  2. Counselling in schools

    • 25 March 2015
    • Guidance
  3. First aid in schools

    • 12 February 2014
    • Guidance
  4. Health and safety: advice for schools

    • 13 February 2014
    • Guidance

Independent schools

  1. Approval of independent inspectorates

    • 13 August 2014
    • Guidance
  2. Boarding schools: national minimum standards

    • 24 March 2015
    • Guidance
  3. SMSC requirements for independent schools

    • 27 November 2014
    • Guidance
  4. Independent school action plans

    • 30 November 2013
    • Guidance

Industrial relations

  1. Handling strike action in schools

    • 3 October 2014
    • Guidance
  2. NASUWT and NUT action short of strike action in schools

    • 12 December 2012
    • Guidance
  3. Trade union facility time in schools

    • 9 March 2015
    • Guidance

Organisation, premises and catering

  1. Academy and free school presumption

    • 15 October 2014
    • Guidance
  2. Establishing new maintained schools

    • 14 June 2013
    • Guidance
  3. Making significant changes to an existing academy

    • 29 January 2014
    • Guidance
  4. Protection of school playing fields and public land

    • 7 November 2013
    • Guidance
  5. Standards for school food in England

    • 8 January 2015
    • Guidance
  6. Standards for school premises

    • 9 March 2015
    • Guidance

Safeguarding children and young people

  1. Drugs: advice for schools

    • 10 September 2012
    • Guidance
  2. School security

    • 1 December 2012
    • Guidance
  3. What to do if you’re worried a child is being abused

    • 26 March 2015
    • Guidance

Staff employment and teachers' pay

  1. Back pay for education staff

    • 1 March 2008
    • Guidance
  2. Employing agency supply teachers

    • 9 April 2014
    • Guidance
  3. Employing overseas-trained teachers from outside the EEA

    • 18 April 2013
    • Guidance
  4. School teachers’ pay and conditions: advice

    • 26 March 2015
    • Guidance
  5. Teacher appraisal and capability: model policy

    • 22 May 2012
    • Guidance
  6. Teachers' standards

    • 1 July 2011
    • Guidance

Teacher misconduct

  1. Teacher misconduct: the prohibition of teachers

    • 22 July 2014
    • Guidance
  2. Teacher misconduct: information for teachers

    • 18 November 2014
    • Guidance
  3. Teacher misconduct: disciplinary procedures

    • 11 July 2014
    • Guidance
  4. Teacher misconduct: information for witnesses

    • 18 November 2014
    • Guidance

14 to 19 education and work experience

  1. 16 to 19 study programmes: work experience

    • 17 March 2015
    • Guidance
  2. Careers guidance: advice for schools

    • 10 April 2014
    • Guidance
  3. Enrolment of 14- to 16-year-olds in full-time further education

    • 23 March 2015
    • Guidance
  4. Supported internships for young people with learning difficulties

    • 18 December 2014
    • Guidance