This Government is determined to reduce bureaucracy so that schools can get on with their core business of teaching and learning. We want to put an end to the reams of paperwork and unnecessary burdens piled on to teachers and schools. We’re going to place greater trust in professionals to give teachers more freedom to decide how to teach.
This section contains information on the ongoing programme of work to reduce burdens on schools. It will be updated as more information is available.
These implementation timelines for schools and colleges make clear when mandatory requirements are coming into force and include other important information to help school leaders and teachers plan for the year ahead.
Multi-page article 16 October 2013
Some corrections to common misconceptions about a number of areas affecting schools.
Multi-page article 13 September 2013
Information about the policies and other documents that governing bodies and proprietors are required to have by law.
General article 01 August 2013
Information about the Bureaucracy Reference Group.
Multi-page article 03 December 2012
Answers to frequently asked questions (FAQs) about changes to regulations involving the information schools must provide.
FAQ 12 June 2012
Information about the Red Tape Challenge, a Cabinet Office initiative. The Red Tape Challenge is a website that asks for views on laws and regulations affecting everyone.
General article 26 April 2012
Information outlining the changes to reduce bureaucracy in schools.
Multi-page article 26 April 2012