List of statutory guidance and advice documents


School admissions code

Statutory guidance that schools must follow when carrying out duties relating to school admissions.

School admission appeals code

Statutory guidance on how schools should organise and run their pupil admission appeals.

Summer-born children: school admission

Guidance about school admissions for children born in the summer.

Guidance for admission authorities on handling admission requests for summer born children

This is non-statutory guidance to help local authorities and other school admission authorities respond to parents’ requests for summer born children to be admitted out of their normal age group.

School admissions: pupil, service and early years premiums

Guidance about using the pupil premium, service premium or early years pupil premium oversubscription criteria in school admissions.

School applications for foreign national children and children resident outside England

Advice for state-funded school admission authorities, independent schools, local authorities and parents.

School admissions arrangements

How to object to admission arrangements and how admission authorities can apply for an in-year variation or appeal against a direction to admit a child.

Admission appeals for school places

Guidance to help admission authorities advise those involved with school admission appeals to understand their roles and responsibilities.

After-school clubs and other out of school settings

Keeping children safe in out-of-school settings: code of practice

This guide will help parents and carers choose a safe out-of-school setting for their children to attend. ‘Children’ refers to people who have not yet reached their 18th birthday.

Keeping children safe during community activities, after-school clubs and tuition: non-statutory guidance for providers running out-of-school settings

The guidance is for organisations or individuals who provide community activities, tuition or after-school clubs for children, also known as out-of-school-settings (OOSS) providers, as well as their staff and volunteers.

Alternative Provision

Alternative provision

Statutory guidance for local authorities, as well as headteachers and governing bodies of settings providing alternative provision.


School behaviour and attendance: parental responsibility measures

Statutory guidance for schools, local authorities and the police on dealing with poor attendance and behaviour in schools.

Working together to improve school attendance

Guidance to help schools, academy trusts, governing bodies and local authorities maintain high levels of school attendance, including roles and responsibilities.

Mental health issues affecting a pupil’s attendance: guidance for schools

Summary of responsibilities where a mental health issue is affecting attendance and examples of effective practice.

Behaviour in schools

This publication provides advice to schools on behaviour in schools and the related legal duties of headteachers, and members of staff. It includes guidance on support for pupils to behave well and the powers of staff when responding to misbehaviour.

School suspensions and permanent exclusions

Guidance on the suspension and permanent exclusion of pupils from local-authority-maintained schools, academies and pupil referral units.

Behaviour and discipline in schools: guide for governing bodies

Guidance for school governing bodies on their role in creating their school’s behaviour policy.

Preventing and tackling bullying

Guidance for schools on preventing and responding to bullying.

Use of reasonable force in schools

Guidance about the use of physical restraint in schools for governing bodies, headteachers and school staff.

Searching, screening and confiscation at school

Guidance explaining the powers schools have to screen and search pupils, and to confiscate items they find.

Drugs: advice for schools

Guidance for school leaders and staff on managing drugs, drug-related incidents within schools and pastoral support for pupils.

Tackling Race and Faith Targeted Bullying Face To Face and Online: A Guide For Schools

A short guide for schools about how to respond to bullying connected with race or faith, whether it occurs online or offline.

Careers and Post-16

Careers guidance and access for education and training providers

Statutory guidance for schools and colleges on providing careers guidance.

Participation of young people: education, employment and training

Statutory guidance for local authorities on their duties relating to the participation of young people in education, employment or training.

16 to 19 study programmes: guide for providers

Information for education and training providers on the planning and delivery of study programmes.

Charging for school activities

Charging for school activities

Guidance to help schools set out their policies on charging for school activities and visits.

Children Missing Education

Children missing education

Statutory guidance for local authorities and advice for other groups on helping children who are missing education get back into it.

Fair Access Protocols

The purpose of a FAP is to ensure that vulnerable children, and those who are having difficulty in securing a school place in-year, are allocated a school place as quickly as possible, minimising the time the child is out of school.


School complaints procedures: guidance for maintained schools

How local authority-maintained schools and maintained nurseries can set up or review their complaints procedures.

Best practice guidance for academies complaints procedures

This best practice document is aimed at academies and academy trusts and the person(s) with delegated responsibility for drafting complaints procedures and/or handling complaints.

Complaints to Ofsted about schools: guidance for parents

This document sets out some things you can do if you are concerned about a state-maintained school or academy.


National curriculum in England: framework for key stages 1 to 4

The full national curriculum framework for key stages 1 to 4, including programmes of study and attainment targets.

National curriculum in England: primary curriculum

The national curriculum primary programmes of study and attainment targets for key stages 1 and 2.

National curriculum in England: secondary curriculum

The national curriculum secondary programmes of study and attainment targets for key stages 3 and 4.

Relationships and sex education (RSE) and health education

Statutory guidance on relationships education, relationships and sex education (RSE) and health education.

Plan your relationships, sex and health curriculum

Information to help school leaders plan, develop and implement the new statutory curriculum.

Religious education in local-authority-maintained schools

Guidance to support the provision of high-quality religious education (RE) in local-authority-maintained schools.

RE and collective worship in academies and free schools

Guidance on religious education (RE) and collective worship for academies and free schools.

Teaching online safety in schools

Guidance supporting schools to teach pupils how to stay safe online within existing subjects.

Assessment principles: school curriculum

Recommended principles for schools to effectively assess their pupils’ progress against their school curriculum.

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.

Data & Information Sharing

Data protection in schools

The policies and processes schools and multi-academy trusts need to protect personal data and respond effectively to a personal data breach.

School to school service: how to transfer information

How schools and local authorities should securely send pupil records and other information using the school to school (S2S) system.

Information sharing advice for safeguarding practitioners

Guidance on information sharing for people who provide safeguarding services to children, young people, parents and carers.

Protection of children’s biometric information in schools

Guidance for schools, sixth-form colleges, 16 to 19 academies and further education institutions wishing to use automated biometric recognition systems.

Data protection: privacy notice model documents

Suggested privacy notices for schools and local authorities to issue to staff, parents and pupils about the collection of data.

Data protection for education providers

Steps data protection officers and organisation heads of education providers should take to stay compliant with data protection laws after the transition period.

Early Years 

Early years foundation stage (EYFS) statutory framework

The standards that school and childcare providers must meet for the learning, development and care of children from birth to 5.

Early years foundation stage profile handbook

This handbook supports EYFS practitioners in making accurate judgements about each child’s attainment.

Equality Act 2010: advice for schools

Guidance to help schools understand how the Equality Act affects them and how to fulfil their duties under the act.

Gender separation in mixed schools

What mixed schools must consider when separating classes by gender.

Facilities and Estate Management

Good estate management for schools

Advice for schools and responsible bodies to help manage their school buildings and land.

Standards for school premises

Guidance to help schools and local authorities understand their obligations in relation to the School Premises Regulations 2012

This document gives information about primary and secondary school design in Academies. It includes information about space standards and links to useful publications.

Area guidelines and net capacity

Standards and guidance on the area of school buildings and grounds, and the number of pupil places available in mainstream school buildings.

School and college security

Guidance to help schools and colleges manage their security effectively so they can meet their obligations.

Managing asbestos in your school or college

Guidance for school leaders, governors, local authorities and academy trusts about managing asbestos in schools and colleges.

Using CO₂ monitors and air cleaning units in education and care settings

How to use and maintain CO₂ monitors and air cleaning units to manage ventilation and improve air quality.

Energy efficiency: guidance for the school and further education college estate

This guidance sets out how schools and colleges can reduce their energy demand, consumption energy costs and carbon emissions.


Constitution of governing bodies of maintained schools

Statutory guidance setting out the arrangements for the constitution of governing bodies of all local-authority-maintained schools.

Governance handbook and competency framework

Guidance on the roles and duties of governing boards, and advice on the skills, knowledge and behaviours they need to be effective.

School governance regulations 2013

Guidance to help school leaders and governing bodies understand their obligations and duties.

Charities and charity trustees: school governors

What governors of foundation, voluntary aided, voluntary controlled and academy schools need to know about being charity trustees.

Governance structures and roles

An explanation of how governing boards of maintained schools and academy trusts are structured and descriptions of the roles and responsibilities of members.

External reviews of governance: guide for schools and academy trusts

How to arrange an effective external review of governance for your school or academy trust, and improve the performance of your board.

Length of the school week: minimum expectation

Information on the expectation that all mainstream state-funded schools should provide a school week of at least 32.5 hours by September 2023.

Health and Wellbeing

Health and safety in schools

The Department for Education’s advice and information on health and safety.

Supporting pupils with medical conditions at school

Statutory guidance about the support that pupils with medical conditions should receive at school.

Counselling in schools

Guidance for schools about setting up and improving counselling services for pupils.

Mental health and behaviour in schools

How schools can support pupils whose mental health problems manifest themselves in behaviour.

Education for children with health needs who cannot attend school

Statutory guidance for local authorities and departmental advice for others ensuring children with health needs receive education.

Promoting and supporting mental health and wellbeing in schools and colleges

Find out what help you can get to develop a whole school or college approach to mental health and wellbeing.

First aid in schools, early years and colleges

Guidance for employers in early years, schools and colleges on first aid provision.

Fire safety risk assessment: educational premises

Guidance about completing a fire safety risk assessment for people responsible for educational premises.

Preventing and controlling infections

This section provides general guidance for staff in settings on the prevention and control of infections. A proactive and preventive approach is advised, including the promotion of available immunisations.

Scarlet fever: managing outbreaks in schools and nurseries

Guidelines to help health protection teams control outbreaks of scarlet fever in schools, nurseries and other childcare settings.

Health and safety on educational visits

Guidance to help schools understand their obligations when undertaking educational visits and other out of school activities.

Emergency planning and response for education, childcare, and children’s social care settings

How educational and childcare settings should plan for and deal with emergencies, including significant public health incidents and severe weather.

Home Education

Elective home education: guidance for local authorities

Guidance for local authorities and schools about children educated at home.

Elective home education: guidance for parents

Guidance produced to help parents understand their obligations and rights in relation to elective home education.

Residential special schools: national minimum standards

Guidance for special schools providing residential accommodation for any child.

Further education residential accommodation: national minimum standards

Guidance for further education colleges and 16 to 19 academies providing residential accommodation for students aged under 18.

Visiting children in residential special schools and colleges

Statutory guidance for professionals supporting children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) in residential settings.

Non-Maintained Special Schools Regulations 2015

Guidance to help schools meet their obligations under the Non-Maintained Special Schools (England) Regulations 2015.

Regulating independent schools (Includes Independent School Standards Guidance)

How the DfE regulate and intervene in independent schools, and details of when the DfE take legal action against unregistered schools.

Boarding schools: national minimum standards

The national minimum standards that boarding schools must meet to safeguard and protect the children in their care.


Schools causing concern

Statutory guidance on local authorities’ and regional directors’ responsibilities relating to schools and PRUs causing concern.

Inspecting schools: guide for maintained and academy schools

This guide gives a summary of what schools should expect and what they need to do as part of an Ofsted inspection.

School inspection handbook

Ofsted guidance on inspecting maintained schools and academies in England under the education inspection framework.

Inspecting the curriculum

How Ofsted is revising inspection methodology to support the education inspection framework.

Education inspection framework (EIF)

This framework sets out Ofsted’s inspection principles and the main judgements that inspectors make.

Independent schools inspection handbook

Ofsted guidance on inspecting non-association independent schools in England under the education inspection framework.

Inspectors talking to pupils on inspection

Guidance for Ofsted inspectors on talking to pupils during school inspections.

Inspecting teaching of the protected characteristics in schools

Guidance for inspectors on inspecting teaching of the protected characteristics during school inspections.

Inspecting schools: guidance for parents

A leaflet for parents and carers of children whose school is due for inspection.


General Regulations for Approved Centres (JCQ)

These regulations have been produced to ensure that the integrity and security of the examination/assessment system is always maintained and is not brought into disrepute. The regulations adhere to the requirements of the qualification regulators in England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland.

Access Arrangements and Reasonable Adjustments (JCQ)

These regulations reflect a whole centre approach to access arrangements and reasonable adjustments.

Suspected Malpractice: Policies and Procedures (JCQ)

This document is intended for all those involved in or affected by malpractice incidents, including those who wish to report malpractice concerns regarding the delivery of general.

Guide for schools and colleges: 2023 (Ofqual)

This guide explains what schools, colleges and other exam or assessment centres can expect from awarding organisations regulated by Ofqual.

Looked-After Children

Promoting the education of looked-after and previously looked-after children

Statutory guidance for local authorities to support looked-after and previously looked-after children’s aspirations to achieve in further and higher education.

Pupil premium: virtual school heads’ responsibilities

How virtual school heads should manage the school-age pupil premium and the early years pupil premium for looked-after children.

Designated teacher for looked-after and previously looked-after children

Statutory guidance for local-authority-maintained schools carrying out duties for looked-after and previously looked-after children.

Virtual school head role extension to children with a social worker

How local authorities should extend the virtual school head role to champion children with a social worker and promote their education.

Children Act 1989: care planning, placement and case review 

Statutory guidance about local authority support to children and families.

Children Act 1989: transition to adulthood for care leavers

Statutory guidance for local authorities on helping care leavers aged 16 and 17 prepare for adulthood.

Directors of children’s services: roles and responsibilities 

Statutory guidance for local authorities with responsibility for education and children’s social services functions.

Improving looked-after children’s attainment in primary schools

Guidance for schools that describes the experience of primary schools that have worked well to support children in care.

Improving looked-after children’s attainment in secondary schools 

Guidance for schools that describes the experience of secondary schools that have worked well to support children in care.

Parental Responsibility

Parental responsibility: guide for schools and local authorities

Guidance for local authorities and schools dealing with adults who have legal rights and responsibilities for children at their school.


Prevent duty guidance

Prevent duty guidance for England, Scotland and Wales

Prevent duty: additional advice for schools and childcare providers 

Guidance for schools and childcare providers on preventing children and young people from being drawn into terrorism.

Prevent duty self-assessment tool for schools

Self-assessment tool to help schools in England review their responsibilities under the Prevent duty.

Resources for developing remote education in schools and colleges

Information and resources to support school leaders in developing their remote education provision.

Providing remote education: guidance for schools

How schools can maintain their capability to provide remote education when it is not possible for some or all of their pupils to attend in person.

Help with accessing and buying resources for remote education

Information, guidance and support for teachers and leaders on educating pupils and students who are remote learning in schools and further education.

Safeguarding and remote education

Understand how to follow safeguarding procedures when planning remote education strategies and teaching remotely.


Keeping children safe in education

Statutory guidance for schools and colleges on safeguarding children and safer recruitment.

Working together to safeguard children

Statutory guidance on inter-agency working to safeguard and promote the welfare of children.

Children who run away or go missing from home or care

Statutory guidance for local authorities and their partners to stop children going missing and to protect those who do.

Safeguarding children who may have been trafficked

Guidance for those working with children who may have been recruited or transported for the purposes of exploitation.

Criminal exploitation of children and vulnerable adults: county lines

Guidance for frontline professionals on dealing with county lines, part of the government’s approach to ending gang violence and exploitation.

Child abuse concerns: guide for practitioners

Guidance to help practitioners identify the signs of child abuse and neglect and understand what action to take.

Multi-agency statutory guidance on female genital mutilation

Multi-agency guidelines on FGM for those with statutory duties to safeguard children and vulnerable adults.


Home-to-school travel and transport

Statutory guidance on making home-to-school travel arrangements for children and young people, and on promoting sustainable travel.

Transport to education and training for people aged 16 and over

Statutory guidance for local authorities on supplying transport to students and trainees aged 16 and over.

Driving school minibuses advice: schools and local authorities

Advice on when a school employee with a car driving licence may drive a minibus and when a section 19 permit might be required.

What schools should publish online

What maintained schools must publish online

The information that schools maintained by their local authorities must or should publish on their websites.

What academies, free schools and colleges must or should publish online

Information that academies, including free schools, colleges and any educational institution with academy arrangements, must or should publish on their websites.


How ESFA handles whistleblowing disclosures

Information about how the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) handles whistleblowing disclosures about academies and post-16 providers.

Whistleblowing procedure for maintained schools

What schools maintained by the local authority should do when setting up their whistleblowing procedure.


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