Changes in education 2023/2024

Get up to speed on the key changes to government guidance that are likely to affect your school this academic year, and find resources to help you delve a bit deeper.

Last reviewed on 31 May 2024See updates
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  1. Governance guides replace the Governance Handbook
  2. Latest STPCD published for 2023
  3. Keeping Children Safe in Education (KCSIE) updated for 2023
  4. Ofsted's inspection handbook updated for 2023
  5. Suspensions and exclusions guidance for 2023
  6. EYFS framework updated for 2023
  7. Induction for early career teachers (ECT) for 2023
  8. The white paper: upcoming changes
  9. Academy Trust Handbook 2023 now published
  10. Academies: new guidance on commissioning high-quality trusts

We've summarised the major changes that are heading your way. Find out more below about what's changing, and what your board needs to do. 

Governance guides replace the Governance Handbook

The Department for Education (DfE) withdrew the following documents on 7 March 2024:

  • Governance Handbook
  • Competency framework for governance
  • Clerking competency framework
  • Governance structures and roles
  • Statutory policies for schools and academy trusts

The DfE replaced this guidance with 2 new governance guides:

There are no new requirements for governors or trustees, so your board doesn't need to do anything in light of this change.

We're speaking with the DfE to clarify some of the detail on the statutory policy list in the new guides, and we'll update our statutory policies article with any updates as soon as we can.

Latest STPCD published for 2023

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