Timeline for independent schools: mandatory

What independent schools must know to plan for the academic year ahead.



Information to help independent schools understand and plan for the compulsory legal requirements they must meet.

We’ve tried to be as precise as possible but some of the dates may change.

A timeline of useful dates and information for independent schools is also available.

Published 30 January 2014
Last updated 20 January 2017 + show all updates
  1. Spring term 2017 update.
  2. Autumn term 2016 update.
  3. Summer term 2016 update.
  4. Spring term 2016 update.
  5. Autumn term 2015 update.
  6. Timeline changed to reflect that the date for first teaching of mathematics and further mathematics A levels will be September 2017.
  7. Amended January 2015 information about the SEND code of practice to clarify that this only applies to local authority-funded early years providers and independent special institutions approved under Section 41.
  8. Spring term update.
  9. Autumn term update.
  10. Summer 2014 update.
  11. First published.