Statutory guidance

Schools causing concern

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



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.