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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.

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Administration and finance

  1. Capital transactions: sixth-form colleges

    • 25 June 2014
    • Statutory guidance
  2. Change of land use due to an academy conversion

    • 17 December 2010
    • Statutory guidance
  3. Home-to-school travel and transport

    • 18 July 2014
    • Statutory guidance
  4. Post-16 transport to education and training

    • 5 February 2014
    • Statutory guidance
  5. Schemes for financing schools

    • 26 February 2014
    • Statutory guidance
  6. Schools causing concern

    • 20 January 2015
    • Statutory guidance

Admissions

  1. School admissions code

    • 19 December 2014
    • Statutory guidance
  2. School admissions appeals code

    • 1 February 2012
    • Statutory guidance

Assessment

  1. P scales: attainment targets for pupils with SEN

    • 16 July 2014
    • Statutory guidance

Behaviour and attendance

  1. Alternative provision

    • 10 January 2013
    • Statutory guidance
  2. Behaviour and discipline in schools

    • 17 July 2013
    • Statutory guidance
  3. Children missing education

    • 26 November 2013
    • Statutory guidance
  4. Parental responsibility measures for behaviour and attendance

    • 13 November 2013
    • Statutory guidance
  5. School exclusion

    • 10 February 2015
    • Statutory guidance

Curriculum (from September 2014)

  1. National curriculum in England: framework for key stages 1 to 4

    • 2 December 2014
    • Statutory guidance
  2. National curriculum in England: primary curriculum

    • 11 September 2013
    • Statutory guidance
  3. National curriculum in England: secondary curriculum

    • 2 December 2014
    • Statutory guidance
  4. National curriculum in England: English programmes of study

    • 16 July 2014
    • Statutory guidance
  5. National curriculum in England: mathematics programmes of study

    • 16 July 2014
    • Statutory guidance
  6. National curriculum in England: science programmes of study

    • 2 December 2014
    • Statutory guidance
  7. National curriculum in England: art and design programmes of study

    • 11 September 2013
    • Statutory guidance
  8. National curriculum in England: citizenship programmes of study

    • 11 September 2013
    • Statutory guidance
  9. National curriculum in England: computing programmes of study

    • 11 September 2013
    • Statutory guidance
  10. National curriculum in England: design and technology programmes of study

    • 11 September 2013
    • Statutory guidance
  11. National curriculum in England: geography programmes of study

    • 11 September 2013
    • Statutory guidance
  12. National curriculum in England: history programmes of study

    • 11 September 2013
    • Statutory guidance
  13. National curriculum in England: languages programmes of study

    • 11 September 2013
    • Statutory guidance
  14. National curriculum in England: music programmes of study

    • 11 September 2013
    • Statutory guidance
  15. National curriculum in England: PE programmes of study

    • 11 September 2013
    • Statutory guidance
  16. Sex and relationship education

    • 6 July 2000
    • Statutory guidance

Curriculum (until July 2015)

  1. English programmes of study for key stage 1 and 2 until July 2015

    • 1 September 1999
    • Statutory guidance
  2. Maths programmes of study for key stage 1 and 2 until July 2015

    • 1 September 1999
    • Statutory guidance
  3. Science programmes of study for key stage 1 and 2 until July 2015

    • 1 September 1999
    • Statutory guidance

Early years foundation stage

  1. Early years (under 5s) foundation stage framework (EYFS)

    • 29 July 2014
    • Statutory guidance

Governance

  1. Constitution of governing bodies of maintained schools

    • 27 March 2015
    • Statutory guidance
  2. School Governance (Constitution) Regulations 2007

    • 25 May 2007
    • Statutory guidance
  3. School Governance (Federation) Regulations 2007

    • 25 May 2007
    • Statutory guidance
  4. School Governance (Collaboration) Regulations 2003

    • 1 September 2003
    • Statutory guidance

Involving parents and pupils

  1. Home-school agreements

    • 29 July 2013
    • Statutory guidance
  2. Listening to and involving children and young people

    • 16 January 2014
    • Statutory guidance

Looked-after children

  1. Designated teacher for looked-after children

    • 18 November 2009
    • Statutory guidance
  2. Directors of children’s services: roles and responsibilities

    • 8 April 2013
    • Statutory guidance

Safeguarding children and young people

  1. Disqualification under the Childcare Act 2006

    • 17 March 2015
    • Statutory guidance
  2. Keeping children safe in education

    • 26 March 2015
    • Statutory guidance
  3. Promoting the education of looked-after children

    • 23 July 2014
    • Statutory guidance
  4. Supervision of activity with children

    • 10 September 2012
    • Statutory guidance
  5. Working together to safeguard children

    • 26 March 2015
    • Statutory guidance

Special educational / health needs

  1. Education for children with health needs who cannot attend school

    • 17 May 2013
    • Statutory guidance
  2. Inclusive schooling: children with special educational needs

    • 1 November 2001
    • Statutory guidance
  3. SEND code of practice: 0 to 25 years

    • 29 January 2015
    • Statutory guidance
  4. Supporting pupils at school with medical conditions

    • 1 September 2014
    • Statutory guidance

Staff employment and teachers pay

  1. Induction for newly qualified teachers (NQTs)

    • 16 December 2013
    • Statutory guidance
  2. Managing staff employment in schools

    • 25 February 2014
    • Statutory guidance
  3. School teachers' pay and conditions 2014

    • 25 September 2014
    • Statutory guidance
  4. Teachers' standards

    • 1 July 2011
    • Guidance

16 to 19 education and work experience

  1. Participation of young people: education, employment and training

    • 4 September 2014
    • Statutory guidance