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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.

Also available:

Administration and finance

  1. Capital transactions: sixth-form colleges

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

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

    • Statutory guidance
  4. Transport to education and training for people aged 16 to 18

    • Statutory guidance
  5. Schemes for financing schools

    • Statutory guidance
  6. Schools causing concern

    • Statutory guidance

Admissions

  1. School admissions code

    • Statutory guidance
  2. School admissions appeals code

    • Statutory guidance

Assessment

  1. 2017 key stage 1: assessment and reporting arrangements (ARA)

    • Statutory guidance
  2. 2017 key stage 2: assessment and reporting arrangements (ARA)

    • Statutory guidance
  3. P scales: attainment targets for pupils with SEN

    • Statutory guidance

Behaviour and attendance

  1. Alternative provision

    • Statutory guidance
  2. Behaviour and discipline in schools: guide for governing bodies

    • Statutory guidance
  3. Children missing education

    • Statutory guidance
  4. School behaviour and attendance: parental responsibility measures

    • Statutory guidance
  5. School exclusion

    • Statutory guidance

Curriculum

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

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

    • Statutory guidance
  3. National curriculum in England: secondary curriculum

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    • Statutory guidance
  16. Sex and relationship education

    • Statutory guidance

Early years foundation stage

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

    • Statutory guidance
  2. 2017 early years foundation stage: assessment and reporting arrangements (ARA)

    • Statutory guidance

Governance

  1. Constitution of governing bodies of maintained schools

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

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

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

    • Statutory guidance

Involving parents and pupils

  1. Listening to and involving children and young people

    • Statutory guidance

Looked-after children

  1. Designated teacher for looked-after children

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

    • Statutory guidance
  3. Children Act 1989: transition to adulthood for care leavers

    • Statutory guidance
  4. Children Act 1989: fostering services

    • Statutory guidance
  5. Children’s homes regulations, including quality standards: guide

    • Statutory guidance

Safeguarding children and young people

  1. Keeping children safe in education

    • Statutory guidance
  2. Working together to safeguard children

    • Statutory guidance
  3. Multi-agency statutory guidance on female genital mutilation

    • Statutory guidance
  4. Disqualification under the Childcare Act 2006

    • Statutory guidance
  5. Promoting the education of looked-after children

    • Statutory guidance
  6. Supervision of activity with children

    • Statutory guidance
  7. Children Act 1989: court orders

    • Statutory guidance
  8. Children Act 1989: care planning, placement and case review

    • Statutory guidance

Special educational / health needs

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

    • Statutory guidance
  2. SEND code of practice: 0 to 25 years

    • Statutory guidance
  3. Supporting pupils with medical conditions at school

    • Statutory guidance

Staff employment and teachers pay

  1. Induction for newly qualified teachers (NQTs)

    • Statutory guidance
  2. Initial teacher training: criteria for providers

    • Statutory guidance
  3. School teachers' pay and conditions 2016

    • Statutory guidance
  4. School teachers' pay and conditions 2015

    • Statutory guidance

16 to 19 education and work experience

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

    • Statutory guidance