Political impartiality in schools

Explains schools’ legal duties on political impartiality to help school leaders, teachers and other staff consider these in teaching and extra-curricular activities.

Applies to England



This guidance is for all schools, including academies and independent schools. It does not cover early years settings, 16 to 19 academies. further education colleges or universities.

This guidance:

  • supports those working with and in schools to understand the relevant legal duties
  • helps schools understand what they need to consider when teaching about political issues, using external agencies and in extra-curricular activities
  • clarifies the role of the specific bodies and individuals subject to the legal duties

It does not include any new statutory requirements and is based on existing legal duties on political impartiality.

Published 17 February 2022