School organisation and regulation

School organisation and regulation guidance:

A school in the maintained school sector can convert to independent academy status under the Academies Act 2010. Conversion arises once a conversion order is made by the...

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This Practice Note considers the Building Schools for the Future government scheme the current Priority School Building Programme. It also looks at the construction...

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Education law treats different categories of school in different ways. The management systems of the school, its funding and the procedures for opening, closing or...

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From: [insert child's previous forename and surname] To: [insert child's new forename and surname] This change of name Deed is made the [insert date and month] 20[insert...

Precedents

This document provides general guidance regarding changing a child’s name. Your family lawyer will be able to provide specific advice based on your circumstances. Who can...

Precedents

This Lexis®PSL Local Government future developments tracker is intended to be used to track key upcoming developments of interest to Education lawyers covering the entire...

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This Practice Note applies in England only. There are no free schools in Wales. Although the Academies Act 2010 (AcA 2010) does apply in Wales, the provisions for the...

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Unlike maintained schools, academies and free schools are funded directly by the Department for Education (DfE) and not by or via the local authority for the area in...

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Three types of academy Most of the state-funded secondary schools in England are now academies. The Department for Education (DfE) regularly publishes a spreadsheet...

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In practice, academies and free schools differ significantly when it comes to their land holdings, although the legislation is the same for both. Note: there are no...

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This Practice Note applies only in England; there are no academies in Wales. Academy schools are created under the Academies Act 2010 (AcA 2010). An academy school is...

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The law The statutory framework on school discipline and exclusion mostly runs in parallel with the common law. Relevant statutory authorities/guidance include: • section...

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Ofsted Ofsted is a non-departmental, government-funded organisation, operating in England and managed by Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Education, Children’s Services...

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The provision of childcare in England is regulated in accordance with Part 3 of the Child Care Act 2006 (ChA 2006). Providers of regulated child care must register on one...

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Ofsted Regulation The Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills (Ofsted) regulates childminders, childcare providers and children’s social care...

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Note: Although the Academies Act 2010 (AcA 2010) does apply in Wales, the provisions for the creation of new academies or free schools apply only in England. As such,...

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Estyn is the school inspectorate for Wales, like its English equivalent Ofsted. See Practice Note: Ofsted, failing schools and intervention. It has the power to inspect...

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What is safeguarding in education? Safeguarding has a wide definition in the context of the education sector. The statutory guidance for schools and colleges, ‘Keeping...

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Every child of compulsory school age must engage in full-time education; parents have a duty to secure their child’s regular attendance at school (section 7 of the...

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The constitutions of maintained schools Every maintained school in England (including every maintained nursery school) has a governing body, which is a statutory...

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Ownership of school land and premises The ownership of school sites and playgrounds, school buildings and school playing fields depends for the most part on the type of...

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'School Organisation' is the label given collectively to the various statutory processes involved in opening, altering and closing maintained schools....

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This Practice Note applies in England only. There are no academies in Wales. Although the Academies Act 2010 (AcA 2010) does apply in Wales, the provisions for the...

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Disciplinary proceedings Sections 141B–141H of the Education Act 2002 (EA 2002) (inserted by the Education Act 2011) gives the Secretary of State the power to investigate...

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Note: Although the Academies Act 2010 (AcA 2010) does apply in Wales, the provisions for the creation of new academies or free schools apply only in...

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Note: Although the Academies Act 2010 (AcA 2010) does apply in Wales, the provisions for the creation of new academies and free schools apply only in England. As such,...

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Who is the employer? The employer will depend upon the status of the school. The employer is: • the local authority (LA) for: ◦ community schools ◦ voluntary controlled...

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FORTHCOMING CHANGE: From 1 September 2020, the Relationships Education, Relationships and Sex Education and Health Education (England) Regulations 2019, SI 2019/924 come...

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FORTHCOMING CHANGE: From 1 September 2020, the Relationships Education, Relationships and Sex Education and Health Education (England) Regulations 2019, SI 2019/924 come...

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Welsh school admissions and appeals are governed mainly by: • the School Standards and Framework Act 1998 (SSFA 1998) • the Welsh School Admissions Code • School...

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