Policy Document

Education Act 2002




United Kingdom




Compulsory Schooling

Main implications

The act applied the changes proposed in the White Paper "Schools: Achieving Success" (2001), with the following implications:

- It gave schools greater freedom to manage their budget, with 85 % of the school budget directly controlled by the Head Teacher;

- It increased the involvement of the private sector in school provision, enabling private, voluntary, and religious organisations to support the management of successful and failing schools;

- It created a higher number of specialist secondary schools and academies attracting private sponsorship;

- It instituted the compulsory use of 'Public Private Partnerships' for failing schools and encouraged their use by successful schools;

- Successful primary schools were allowed to opt out of the National Curriculum to develop innovations.

Benefits & Requirements

Coverage: Eligible groups or beneficiaries

All schools

ISCED levels included in compulsory education

not specified

Dedication (number of hours per week stipulated by this document)

not specified

Is educational tracking implemented or modified by this document?


Education and training required for a compulsory school teacher stipulated by this document

According to the Act, a "qualified teacher" is a person who satisfies requirements specified in regulations relating to the possession of specific qualifications and attributes. The Secretary of State would consult the General Teaching Council of England and Wales for making such regulations.

Is the compulsory education of children of undocumented migrants granted by this document?

not specified

Read the Law

Full Text Source in English

2002, chapter 32

Original full text source in native language

2002, chapter 32

Full text web source in English


Original full text web source in native language


Secondary Literature & Sources

Secondary literature

Department for Education and Skills. "Schools: Achieving Success". Her Majesty's Stationery Office, London (2001). Available at: http://www.educationengland.org.uk/documents/pdfs/2001-schools-achieving-success.pdf

Links to databases and sources for the analysis or evaluation of this policy field

See: http://www.migrantict.ning.com/notes/UK_Education_System for an ISCED mapping of the UK system


Ernestina Coast, Ginevra Floridi & Wendy Sigle
London School of Economics and Political Science

Data collected in the framework of the Population Europe Research Finder and Archive (PERFAR)

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SPLASH-db.eu (2014): Policy: "Education Act 2002" (Information provided by Ernestina Coast, Ginevra Floridi & Wendy Sigle). Available at: https://splash-db.eu [Date of access].