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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

    • Guidance
  2. Charging for school activities

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

    • Guidance
  4. School procurement: buying collaboratively

    • Guidance
  5. Effective buying for your school

    • Guidance
  6. Free schools: procurement advice

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

    • Guidance
  8. Schools financial value standard and assurance

    • 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

    • Guidance
  6. Use of reasonable force in schools

    • Guidance

Ethos

  1. Collective worship in schools

    • Guidance
  2. School uniform

    • Guidance

Governance

  1. Advice on statutory policies for schools

    • Guidance
  2. Establishment and governance of new maintained schools

    • Guidance
  3. Equality Act 2010: advice for schools

    • Guidance
  4. Freedom of information: guide for academies

    • Guidance
  5. Governors' handbook

    • Guidance
  6. School complaints procedure

    • Guidance
  7. School governance regulations 2013

    • 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

Organisation, premises and catering

  1. Establishing a new school: free school presumption

    • Guidance
  2. Establishing new maintained schools

    • Guidance
  3. Making significant changes to an existing academy

    • Guidance
  4. Standards for school food in England

    • Guidance
  5. Standards for school premises

    • Guidance
  6. Playing fields and school land: selling or change of use

    • 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. What to do if you’re worried a child is being abused

    • Guidance

School forums

  1. Schools Forums (England) Regulations 2012

    • Guidance

Staff employment and teachers' pay

  1. Back pay for education staff

    • Guidance
  2. Employing agency supply teachers

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

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

    • Guidance
  5. Teacher appraisal and capability: model policy

    • Guidance
  6. Teachers' standards

    • Guidance