The Children Act 2004 requires local authorities to appoint a Director of Children's Services (DCS) and Lead Member for Children's Services (LMCS) for the purposes of discharging the education and children's social services functions of the local authority. This consultation seeks views on revised statutory guidance for local authorities on the roles and responsibilities of the DCS and LMCS.
This Common Inspection Framework for further education and skills is devised by Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector (HMCI) in line with the Education and Inspections Act 2006 and informs all of Ofsted’s further education and skills inspections. It sets out the judgements that inspectors will make during the inspection of education and training in England for learners over the age of 16, except those in school sixth forms or higher education.
This consultation sets out proposals for a new system of funding for schools, including for pupils with special educational needs. It aims to ensure the way the government funds schools is ‘fair, simple and transparent’.
Children’s Commissioner for England Dr Maggie Atkinson’s Inquiry into school exclusions was looking at why some groups of children face such high levels of exclusion.
This is a consultation on the proposed scope of a guideline that the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) will develop over the next 18 months that will guide health practitioners in the management of autism in children and young people.
This consultation asks for views on a new curriculum for the early years. The proposed curriculum is based on a report by Dame Clare Tickell which suggested a focus on three key areas of development considered essential getting children school ready.
This was a consultation on a new framework for schools and local authorities detailing how they must manage admissions and appeals. The Government feels that the proposed code is simpler and will increase transparency. Ambitious about Autism endorsed the response of the Special Educational Consortium but raised two additional issues.
This was a consultation on the document in which the Government's expectation of pupils, parents, teachers and head teachers, and summarises the legal powers and duties that govern behaviour and attendance in schools is set out. Ambitious about Autism responded jointly with the National Autistic Society.
Ofsted asked for thoughts on a new inspection framework for schools. It is proposed that a new framework will be in place next year.
The Department is looking to slim down the National Curriculum that schools are required to deliver and asked for views on the subjects that should be included and how the curriculum could be improved.
NICE asked for views from stakeholders on its proposed guidelines for health professionals.
The Government asked for views on its proposals to reform Disability Living Allowance.
The Treasury asked for comment on draft legislation, part of which proposes changes to irrecoverable VAT for academies.
The Ministry of Justice ran this consultation which seeks views on proposals for reform of legal aid in England and Wales.
The Department for Education ran this consultation, seeking views on teacher training, discipline in schools, the creation of academies and pupil premiums.
The Government asked Graham Allen MP to look into early intervention and how to give disadvantaged children the best start in life.
The Department of Health ran this consultation to seek views on the guidance notes for implementing the Autism Strategy.
This consultation set out the Department’s plans for allocating a pupil premium, selecting the best way to factor deprivation into calculating school funding and how looked after children would be covered by the pupil premium.
The Department asked for views on how to ensure that parents can select a school for their child, how to make the funding of placements more transparent and how to prevent special schools being closed down. The paper also looks at how to improve diagnosis and early support as well as support after the age of 16.