Schools: statutory guidance

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

Statutory guidance sets out what schools and local authorities must do to comply with the law. You should follow the guidance unless you have a very good reason not to.

There is some guidance that you must follow without exception. In these cases we make this clear in the guidance document itself.

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

For guidance on assessments, view Standard and Testing Agency (STA) publications.

Administration and finance

  1. Capital transactions: sixth-form colleges
  2. Change of land use due to an academy conversion
  3. Home-to-school travel and transport
  4. Transport to education and training for people aged 16 and over
  5. Schemes for financing schools
  6. Schools causing concern


  1. School admissions code
  2. School admissions appeals code


  1. P scales: attainment targets for pupils with SEN

Behaviour and attendance

  1. Alternative provision
  2. Behaviour and discipline in schools: guide for governing bodies
  3. Children missing education
  4. School behaviour and attendance: parental responsibility measures
  5. School exclusion


  1. National curriculum in England: framework for key stages 1 to 4
  2. National curriculum in England: primary curriculum
  3. National curriculum in England: secondary curriculum
  4. National curriculum in England: English programmes of study
  5. National curriculum in England: mathematics programmes of study
  6. National curriculum in England: science programmes of study
  7. National curriculum in England: art and design programmes of study
  8. National curriculum in England: citizenship programmes of study
  9. National curriculum in England: computing programmes of study
  10. National curriculum in England: design and technology programmes of study
  11. National curriculum in England: geography programmes of study
  12. National curriculum in England: history programmes of study
  13. National curriculum in England: languages programmes of study
  14. National curriculum in England: music programmes of study
  15. National curriculum in England: PE programmes of study
  16. Sex and relationship education

Early years foundation stage


  1. Constitution of governing bodies of maintained schools
  2. School Governance (Collaboration) Regulations 2003

Looked-after children

Safeguarding children and young people

  1. Keeping children safe in education
  2. Working together to safeguard children
  3. Multi-agency statutory guidance on female genital mutilation
  4. Disqualification under the Childcare Act 2006
  5. Promoting the education of looked-after and previously looked-after children
  6. Supervision of activity with children
  7. Children Act 1989: court orders
  8. Children Act 1989: care planning, placement and case review

Special educational / health needs

  1. Education for children with health needs who cannot attend school
  2. SEND code of practice: 0 to 25 years
  3. Supporting pupils with medical conditions at school

Staff employment and teachers pay

  1. Induction for newly qualified teachers (NQTs)
  2. Initial teacher training (ITT): criteria and supporting advice
  3. School teachers' pay and conditions

Schools and colleges careers guidance

Published 11 March 2014
Last updated 10 August 2017 + show all updates
  1. Added 'School teachers' pay and conditions' statutory guidance for 2017.

  2. Added 2017 assessment and reporting arrangements for key stage 1, key stage 2 and the early years foundation stage.

  3. Added 'School teachers' pay and conditions 2016' under the 'Staff employment and teachers pay' heading.

  4. Added 'Multi-agency statutory guidance on female genital mutilation'.

  5. Added the 2015 school teachers' pay and conditions document and guidance.

  6. Added updated 'Keeping children safe in education' and 'Working together to safeguard children' guidance.

  7. Added statutory guidance on 'Disqualification under the Childcare Act 2006'.

  8. Added medical conditions statutory guidance.

  9. Added the 'SEND: managing changes to legislation from September 2014' document.

  10. Added the 2014 school teachers' pay and conditions document and guidance.

  11. Added 'Promoting the education of looked-after children' statutory guidance.

  12. Updated 'Home to school travel and transport' statutory guidance.

  13. Added link to 'P scales: attainment targets for pupils with SEN'.

  14. Added statutory guidance on the 'Constitution of governing bodies of maintained schools'.

  15. Added link to revised 'Early years foundation stage framework' which comes into force on 1 September 2014.

  16. First published.