In the Schools White Paper 'The Importance of Teaching' we committed to reducing bureaucracy and prescription on schools. Since then we have been working hard to reduce bureaucracy and give heads and teachers the freedom to focus on what really matters.
As part of this, departmental guidance has been reduced by more than half - if something is statutory it is clearly indicated. In our communications to schools we focus on highlighting the key things that need to be implemented and planned for, as well as clarifying the misconceptions that circulate around the things that schools need to do or have in place.
This is the second termly bulletin of 'need to know' information following positive feedback on the first one produced for the 2011 Autumn Term. It signposts important information to help you plan ahead, prepare for and implement changes that will take place during the remainder of this academic year, including mandatory legal requirements. We have tried to be as precise as possible, but some of the timings are indicative and may change. To receive the latest news and updates please consider the options for keeping in touch with the Department at the end of this email.
Now the Education Bill has gained Royal Assent, we have updated our implementation timeline to include information on when provisions and mandatory requirements will come into force, as well as other important information to help you plan ahead, including:
We have updated the 'myths and facts' document for schools. This document addresses a number of common misconceptions about the activities schools are required to undertake and makes clear the areas where burdens and prescription have been lifted, including:
This document makes clear the policies and other documents that schools must have in place, the legislation to which they relate, and to which types of schools they apply.
We are also in the process of revising, updating and reducing the statutory guidance aimed at schools to reflect changes stemming from the Education Act.