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Schools: statutory guidance

The Department for Education’s statutory guidance publications about schools.

Schools and local authorities are required by law to follow the statutory guidance that applies to them. These publications reflect the current legal position (unless otherwise indicated), but those published before June 2010 may not reflect the current government’s policies.

DfE advice about schools, which is not statutory, is in a separate collection.

The following collections of guidance publications are also available:

Assessment

  1. Key stage 1: Assessment and reporting arrangements

    • 24 April 2014
    • Statutory guidance
  2. Assessment and reporting arrangements 2014: key stage 2

    • 26 September 2013
    • Statutory guidance
  3. Key stage 2: guidance for teacher assessment moderation

    • 3 April 2014
    • Statutory guidance
  4. P level attainment targets

    • 24 July 2007
    • Statutory guidance

Behaviour and attendance

  1. Children missing education

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

    • 13 November 2013
    • Statutory guidance
  3. Behaviour and discipline in schools: guidance for governing bodies

    • 17 July 2013
    • Statutory guidance
  4. Participation of young people: education, employment and training

    • 20 March 2013
    • Statutory guidance
  5. Alternative provision

    • 10 January 2013
    • Statutory guidance
  6. School exclusion

    • 20 June 2012
    • Statutory guidance

Early years foundation stage

  1. Early years foundation stage framework: until 1 September 2014

    • 31 March 2014
    • Statutory guidance
  2. Early years foundation stage framework

    • 31 March 2014
    • Statutory guidance
  3. Early years foundation stage: assessment and reporting 2014

    • 15 November 2013
    • Statutory guidance

Involving parents and pupils

  1. Listening to and involving children and young people

    • 16 January 2014
    • Statutory guidance
  2. Home-school agreements

    • 29 July 2013
    • 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

National curriculum (from September 2014)

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

    • 11 September 2013
    • Statutory guidance
  2. National curriculum in England: primary curriculum

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

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

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

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

    • 11 September 2013
    • 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: physical education programmes of study

    • 11 September 2013
    • Statutory guidance

National curriculum (until July 2015)

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

    • 1 September 2000
    • Statutory guidance
  2. Maths programmes of study for key stage 1 and 2 until July 2015

    • 1 September 2000
    • Statutory guidance
  3. Science programmes of study for key stage 1 and 2 until July 2015

    • 1 September 2000
    • Statutory guidance

Safeguarding children and young people

  1. Keeping children safe in education

    • 3 April 2014
    • Statutory guidance
  2. Supervision of activity with children

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

    • 21 March 2013
    • Statutory guidance

School admissions

  1. School admissions code

    • 1 February 2012
    • Statutory guidance
  2. School admissions appeals code

    • 1 February 2012
    • Statutory guidance

Schools causing concern

  1. Schools causing concern

    • 8 October 2012
    • Statutory guidance

School finance

  1. Capital transactions: sixth-form colleges

    • 19 August 2013
    • Statutory guidance
  2. Schemes for financing schools

    • 26 February 2014
    • Statutory guidance

School governance

  1. School Governance (Constitution) Regulations 2012

    • 24 October 2012
    • 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

School organisation and premises

  1. Change of land use due to an academy conversion

    • 17 December 2010
    • Statutory guidance

School 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 2013

    • 1 September 2013
    • Statutory guidance
  4. Teachers' standards

    • 1 July 2011
    • Guidance

School transport

  1. Home to school travel and transport

    • 25 March 2014
    • Statutory guidance
  2. Post-16 transport to education and training

    • 5 February 2014
    • Statutory guidance

Sex and relationship education

  1. Sex and relationship education

    • 6 July 2000
    • 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. Special educational needs (SEN) code of practice

    • 1 November 2001
    • Statutory guidance

16 to 19 education and work experience

  1. Careers guidance provision for young people in schools

    • 10 April 2014
    • Statutory guidance

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