There are a number of changes being implemented at the start of the 2022/2023 academic year. We’re here to make sure you know what’s changing and what you need to do.

The key points are as follows:

  1. ‘Keeping children safe in education 2022’ will be implemented from 1 September
  2. New statutory cost of school uniform guidance will be in place from 1 September 2022
  3. Updated behaviour and exclusions guidance will come into force in the 2022/2023 academic year
  4. The ‘Academy trust handbook’ 2022 will likely be implemented from 1 September
  5. A revised ‘School Admission Appeals Code’ will be implemented from 1 October 2022

Read on to learn more about each key point.

‘Keeping children safe in education 2022’ will be implemented from 1 September

 

The updated version of ‘Keeping children safe in education’ (KCSIE) will be implemented from the start of the 2022/2023 academic year. The finalised version was published back in May following a consultation which ran between January and March 2022.

One of the most important things to do is ensure you are aware of and understand what changes have been made to KCSIE – you can use our up-to-speed article to do just that. We have also created a version of our Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy which will help you to prepare for the implementation of KCSIE 2022.

We are working hard to update our current resources in line with the new publication. Be sure to keep an eye on our ‘New and Updated’ page to see when our updates are released.

 

New statutory cost of school uniform guidance will be in place from 1 September 2022

 

Back in November 2021 the DfE published new statutory guidance, issued under the Education (Guidance about Costs of School Uniforms) Act 2021, on how schools should ensure the cost of school uniforms is reasonable and secures the best value for money. 

Schools should be compliant with the guidance by September 2022; however, there are some exceptions, including where being compliant would breach a pre-existing contract or informal agreement with a uniform supplier, particularly when the supplier may already have stock.

Find out the key points of the guidance in our article here. Our School Uniform Policy is also up-to-date with the statutory guidance and can be used to help make sure your school is compliant.

 

Updated behaviour and exclusions guidance will come into force in the 2022/2023 academic year

 

In February, the DfE ran a consultation on proposed changes to its ‘Behaviour in Schools’ and its ‘Exclusion from maintained schools, academies and pupil referral units in England’ guidance.

The response to the consultation has not yet been released – you can get up-to-speed with the proposed changes to the behaviour guidance here and the exclusion guidance here.

Once the final guidance documents have been published, we’ll make sure you’ve got the tools you need to be compliant.  

The original consultation document said that the revised guidance documents will come into force in the 2022/2023 academic year, but did not specify when.

 

The ‘Academy trust handbook’ 2022 will likely be implemented from 1 September

 

As with KCSIE, a new version of the ‘Academy trust handbook’ (ATH) is usually introduced each year. The ATH for 2022 has not yet been published, but we expect this to happen before the end of Summer term to allow trusts time to make any required changes before implementation in September.

 

A revised ‘School Admission Appeals Code’ will be implemented from 1 October 2022

 

In June, the DfE published a draft version of the ‘School Admission Appeals Code’, following a public consultation that ran between February and April 2022. Subject to Parliamentary approval, the revised Code will come into force from 1 October 2022 – until it completes the Parliamentary process, the draft version is solely provisional. 

Get up-to-speed on the changes you need to know about by reading our article. We have also created provisional updated versions of our Admissions Policies to help schools prepare for the changes coming in October 2022.

 

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