Schools: Guidance

Education written question – answered on 3rd July 2012.

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Photo of Elizabeth Truss Elizabeth Truss Conservative, South West Norfolk

To ask the Secretary of State for Education by how much he has reduced the length of official guidance for schools for each area of guidance.

Photo of Nick Gibb Nick Gibb Minister of State (Education)

holding answer 28 June 2012

We have removed over 21,000 pages of unnecessary guidance on the schools section of the Department's website. We are making further reductions to provide a simple, definitive suite of guidance and advice which makes clear what schools must do, what they should do and what they can choose to do.

The following table sets out the approximate page number reductions by area:

Area Reduction
Admissions 110
Assessment 190
Attendance 135
Behaviour (Discipline, Bullying, Exclusions and AP) 863
Careers 363
Challenge 1,672
Curriculum 1,341
Data Collection 83
Equality 272
Extended Services 1,250
EYFS 501
Finance 695
Governance 394
Health and Safety 142
Improving Pupil Performance 2,350
Initiatives 69
Inspection 2
Look After Children 39
Media 188
Parental Information 524
PE/Sport 127
Pedagogy and Practice 1,896
Premises 715
Qualifications 1,174
Reducing Bureaucracy 196
Raising Participation Age 98
Safeguarding 620
School Food 88
School Improvement 562
School Organisation 626
School Travel 2
SEN 974
Staffing and Workforce 942
Science Technology Engineering Maths 795
Sustainability 785
Target Setting 54
Work Related Learning 279
Youth Support (including drugs) 274
Total 21,477

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