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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. Charging for school activities

    • Guidance
  2. Regulation of schools and academies with exempt charity status

    • Guidance

Admissions

  1. Fair access protocols in school admissions

    • Guidance
  2. Summer-born children: school admission

    • Guidance
  3. Pupil premium or service premium in school admissions

    • Guidance

Assessment

  1. Phonics screening check: responding to the results

    • Guidance

Behaviour and attendance

  1. Behaviour and discipline in schools

    • Guidance
  2. Elective home education

    • Guidance
  3. Preventing bullying

    • Guidance
  4. School attendance

    • Guidance
  5. Searching, screening and confiscation at school

    • Guidance
  6. Use of reasonable force in schools

    • Guidance

Ethos

  1. Collective worship in schools

    • Guidance
  2. School uniform

    • Guidance

Governance

  1. Statutory policies for schools

    • Guidance
  2. Equality Act 2010: advice for schools

    • Guidance
  3. Freedom of information: guide for academies

    • Guidance
  4. Governance handbook

    • Guidance
  5. School governance regulations 2013

    • Guidance
  6. School complaints procedures

    • Guidance
  7. Dealing with issues relating to parental responsibility

    • Guidance

Health and safety

  1. Asbestos management in schools

    • Guidance
  2. Counselling in schools

    • Guidance
  3. First aid in schools

    • Guidance
  4. Health and safety: advice for schools

    • Guidance

Independent schools

  1. Approval of independent inspectorates

    • Guidance
  2. Boarding schools: national minimum standards

    • Guidance
  3. SMSC requirements for independent schools

    • Guidance
  4. Independent school action plans

    • Guidance

Industrial relations

  1. Handling strike action in schools

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

    • Guidance
  3. Trade union facility time in schools

    • Guidance

Safeguarding children and young people

  1. Protecting children from radicalisation: the prevent duty

    • Guidance
  2. Drugs: advice for schools

    • Guidance
  3. School security

    • Guidance
  4. Child abuse concerns: guide for practitioners

    • Guidance

Staff employment and teachers' pay

  1. Employing agency supply teachers

    • Guidance
  2. Employing overseas-trained teachers from outside the EEA

    • Guidance
  3. School teachers’ pay and conditions: guidance

    • Guidance
  4. Teacher appraisal and capability: model policy

    • Guidance
  5. Teachers' standards

    • Guidance