The Department for Education (DfE) has release updated statutory guidance, primarily aimed at local authorities (LAs), for how to deal with “schools that are causing concern” and consequently are “eligible for intervention”. This document is important for governors of LA maintained schools because it outlines the criteria for when a school becomes eligible for "statutory intervention", the outcome of which could be the removal of the governing body and replacement with an Interim Executive Board (IEB). In particular, it sets out in more detail the circumstances in which the DfE thinks that an LA should formally intervene in a school. As this is statutory guidance local authorities must have regard to it.

The Department for Education has issued advice on the standards for planning and providing food in schools.

This advice from DfE is for governing bodies of:

  • all local authority maintained schools
  • pupil referral units
  • academies that opened prior to 2010
  • academies and free schools with agreed funding from June 2014
  • non-maintained special schools