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Schools: departmental advice

The Department for Education’s advice publications about schools.

Departmental advice publications to help professionals in schools and local authorities understand what complex legal requirements or policies mean in practice. They explain what needs to be done to comply with the law.

Schools and local authorities should follow this departmental advice but are not required by law to do so.

These publications reflect the current legal position (unless otherwise indicated), but those published before June 2010 may not reflect the current government’s policies.

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Behaviour and attendance

  1. Preventing bullying

    • 17 March 2014
    • Guidance
  2. School attendance

    • 25 November 2013
    • Guidance
  3. Use of reasonable force in schools

    • 17 July 2013
    • Guidance
  4. Ensuring good behaviour in schools

    • 4 September 2012
    • Guidance
  5. Searching, screening and confiscation

    • 14 February 2014
    • Guidance
  6. Behaviour and discipline in schools

    • 3 February 2014
    • Guidance
  7. Elective home education

    • 1 November 2007
    • Guidance

Equalities

  1. Equality Act 2010: advice for schools

    • 6 February 2013
    • Guidance

Health and safety

  1. Health and safety: advice for schools

    • 13 February 2014
    • Guidance
  2. First aid in schools

    • 12 February 2014
    • Guidance
  3. Managing medicines in schools and early years settings

    • 15 March 2005
    • Guidance
  4. Asbestos management in schools

    • 1 November 2013
    • Guidance

Independent schools

  1. Independent school action plans

    • 30 November 2013
    • Guidance
  2. Improving the SMSC development of pupils in independent schools

    • 30 November 2013
    • Guidance
  3. Boarding schools: national minimum standards

    • 1 November 2012
    • Guidance

Industrial relations

  1. Handling strike action in schools

    • 14 February 2014
    • Guidance
  2. Trade union facility time in schools

    • 16 January 2014
    • Guidance
  3. NASUWT and NUT action short of strike action in schools

    • 12 December 2012
    • Guidance

Safeguarding children and young people

  1. Drugs: advice for schools

    • 10 September 2012
    • Guidance
  2. Information sharing for practitioners and managers

    • 1 October 2008
    • Guidance
  3. School security

    • 1 December 2012
    • Guidance

School administration and finance

  1. Effective buying for your school

    • 24 March 2014
    • Guidance
  2. Buying ICT for your school

    • 14 April 2014
    • Guidance
  3. Consistent financial reporting framework (CFR): 2013 to 2014

    • 9 April 2014
    • Guidance
  4. Charging for school activities

    • 13 November 2008
    • Guidance
  5. Academies financial handbook 2013

    • 31 October 2013
    • Guidance
  6. Academies accounts direction 2013

    • 30 May 2013
    • Guidance
  7. Schools financial value standard and assurance

    • 19 February 2014
    • Guidance
  8. Regulation of schools and academies with exempt charity status

    • 14 February 2014
    • Guidance
  9. Procurement essentials

    • 26 March 2014
    • Guidance

School admissions

  1. Summer-born children: school admission

    • 26 July 2013
    • Guidance
  2. Fair access protocols in school admissions

    • 28 February 2014
    • Guidance

School curriculum

  1. Personal, social, health and economic education (PSHE)

    • 11 September 2013
    • Guidance
  2. Religious education in English schools

    • 1 February 2010
    • Guidance
  3. Disapplying aspects of the national curriculum

    • 1 July 2006
    • Guidance

School ethos

  1. School uniform

    • 16 September 2013
    • Guidance
  2. Collective worship in schools

    • 31 January 1994
    • Guidance

School governance

  1. School governance regulations 2013

    • 13 January 2014
    • Guidance
  2. Governors' handbook

    • 3 March 2014
    • Guidance
  3. Establishment and governance of new maintained schools

    • 1 May 2007
    • Guidance
  4. Freedom of information: guide for academies

    • 30 April 2012
    • Guidance

School organisation, premises and catering

  1. Making significant changes to an existing academy

    • 29 January 2014
    • Guidance
  2. Standards for school premises

    • 14 May 2013
    • Guidance
  3. Protection of school playing fields and public land

    • 7 November 2013
    • Guidance
  4. Academy and free school presumption

    • 3 March 2014
    • Guidance
  5. Establishing new maintained schools

    • 14 June 2013
    • Guidance
  6. Universal infant free school meals

    • 6 March 2014
    • Guidance

School staff employment and teachers' pay

  1. Reviewing and revising school teachers' pay

    • 8 August 2013
    • Guidance
  2. Employing overseas-trained teachers from outside the EEA

    • 18 April 2013
    • Guidance
  3. Back pay for education staff

    • 1 March 2008
    • Guidance
  4. Teacher appraisal and capability: model policy

    • 22 May 2012
    • Guidance
  5. Teachers' standards

    • 1 July 2011
    • Guidance
  6. Employing agency supply teachers

    • 9 April 2014
    • Guidance

Special educational / health needs

  1. Special educational needs (SEN) guide

    • 1 September 2009
    • Guidance
  2. Residential special schools: national minimum standards

    • 1 November 2012
    • Guidance

Statutory policies for schools

  1. Advice on statutory policies for schools

    • 25 February 2014
    • Guidance

16 to 19 education and work experience

  1. 16 to 19 study programmes: work experience

    • 7 October 2013
    • Guidance
  2. Enrolment of 14- to 16-year-olds in full-time further education

    • 12 June 2013
    • Guidance
  3. Supported internships for young people with learning difficulties

    • 18 October 2013
    • Guidance
  4. Careers guidance: advice for schools

    • 10 April 2014
    • Guidance

School food and catering

  1. School food in England

    • 26 April 2012
    • Guidance

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