Russell Holland
Posted on 16 Feb 2016

New Guidance on Timelines for Academies from the Department for Education

The Department for Education (DfE) have recently published a timeline for academies to help them plan for compulsory legal requirements and a timeline with useful dates and information.

For the start of the year the school census will provide a snapshot of your schools as at 21 January 2016. Academies must send census data to the DfE no later than 17 February 2016. It is vital to submit this information because the data is used to calculate levels of funding.

On 21 January the DfE also published key stage 5 school and college performance tables for institutions with students aged 16 to 18, including 2015 exams data.

As part of the Deregulation Act 2015, from 1 January 2016, the government will no longer require schools to adopt home-school agreements (HSAs) and associated parental declarations. Schools can decide how to maintain these relationships (including through voluntary HSAs). The DfE will be updating the behaviour and discipline advice for schools in due course.

Another important update is in relation to the governance.  Schools must not destroy any records (paper or digital) that may be relevant to the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (The Goddard Inquiry). Justice Goddard’s statement on 27 November 2015 setting out which institutions would be investigated in phase 1 is available on the inquiry website.

Looking ahead to summer 2016 the DfE is intending to introduce key stage 1 and 2 tests based on the new national curriculum in English reading, English grammar, punctuation and spelling, and maths. Sample tests are available on the DfE website.

Schools will also be required to report a teacher assessment for pupils at the end of key stages 1 and 2 in English reading, English writing, mathematics and science. To do this they must use the interim frameworks for teacher assessment for pupils who have completed the relevant programme of study or the interim pre-key stage standards for pupils - key stage 1 and key stage 2 - who have not completed the programme of study.

Other useful guidance now available is in relation to:

If you have any further questions on this, please contact Russell Holland on russell.holland@michelmores.com or 01179 069323