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Independent Schools Standards



This is guidance from the Department for Education (DfE). This guidance is non-statutory. It has been produced to help proprietors and others understand the obligations under the independent school standards contained in the Schedule to the Education (Independent School Standards) Regulations 20141 (referred to in this document as ‘the Regulations’). Inspectors will take this guidance into account when reporting to the Secretary of State on the extent to which the independent school standards are being met, or are likely to be met, in relation to an independent school. The department would also take it into account when taking decisions about regulatory or enforcement action on individual schools. The aim of this document is to provide supplementary guidance on best practice in complying with the standards and sets out the department’s understanding of them. It does not purport to be definitive guidance on the meaning of the standards themselves, which only a court can give. A number of the obligations under the independent school standards require a proprietor to ‘have regard to’ guidance or standards. This requirement does not mean that the guidance or standards must always be followed to the letter but any departure from the requirements set out in the guidance or standards must be considered and based on appropriate reasons, and proprietors will therefore need to record the justification behind any departure. This guidance should be read alongside the standards themselves. It is not intended to be a full explanation of every area of the standards’ requirements: rather it seeks to give some helpful additional detail in some areas for which questions are sometimes raised by schools.

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