Statutory guidance on local authorities' and regional schools commissioners' responsibilities relating to schools and PRUs causing concern.
Ref: DFE-00080-2016 PDF, 443KB, 45 pages
Ref: DFE-00153-2016 PDF, 123KB, 2 pages
This guidance describes how:
- local authorities and regional schools commissioners (RSCs) will intervene in underperforming local-authority-maintained schools
- RSCs will intervene in underperforming academies
- RSCs will intervene in pupil referral units (PRUs) judged inadequate by Ofsted
PRUs are places that provide education for children who can’t go to a mainstream school.
If you’re a local authority you:
- must follow this statutory guidance by law
- should use this guidance in conjunction with the interim executive board application form
You should also be aware of how this guidance affects your school if you’re part of a:
- school foundation
- governing body of maintained schools
- academy trust
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.
Published: 2 May 2014
Updated: 31 August 2017
- Updated page 21 of 'Schools causing concern: guidance for local authorities and RSCs' to cover the use of writing data in 2017.
- Added the 'DfE intervention powers in pupil referral units judged inadequate by Ofsted' document.
- Added revised statutory guidance, which applies from 18 April 2016.
- Added a link to the consultation 'Intervening in failing, underperforming and coasting schools'.
- Updated to describe local authority accountability over governance in maintained schools, and over performance, special educational needs and safeguarding in academies.
- First published.