Statutory guidance

Schools causing concern

Statutory guidance on local authorities' and regional schools commissioners' responsibilities relating to schools and PRUs causing concern.

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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:

You should also be aware of how this guidance affects your school if you’re part of a:

  • diocese
  • 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
Last updated 9 February 2018 + show all updates
  1. Updated to clarify the indicators that are taken into account for warning notices.
  2. Updated to describe new process for schools that meet the coasting definition.
  3. Updated page 21 of 'Schools causing concern: guidance for local authorities and RSCs' to cover the use of writing data in 2017.
  4. Added the 'DfE intervention powers in pupil referral units judged inadequate by Ofsted' document.
  5. Added revised statutory guidance, which applies from 18 April 2016.
  6. Added a link to the consultation 'Intervening in failing, underperforming and coasting schools'.
  7. Updated to describe local authority accountability over governance in maintained schools, and over performance, special educational needs and safeguarding in academies.
  8. First published.