Policy Document

Education Act 2011




United Kingdom




Compulsory Schooling

Main implications

The act takes the legislative proposals made in the schools White Paper 2010 "The Importance of Teaching" forward. The major implications of the reform with regard to compulsory education are as follows:

- With regard to school discipline, the act gives power to teachers to search pupils for items banned under the school rules and to issue same-day detentions. It also provides better protection for teachers from false allegations made by students;

- It reduces unnecessary bureaucracy by abolishing five bodies (the general Teaching Council for England; the Training and Development Agency for Schools; the School Support Staff Negotiation Body; the Qualifications and Curriculum Development Agency; the Young Persons' Learning Agency) and transfers those functions that need to be retained to the Secretary of State;

- It removes certain duties from school governing bodies and local educational authorities, including the latter institution's duty to appoint school improvement partners.

Benefits & Requirements

Coverage: Eligible groups or beneficiaries

All schools

Criteria for coverage

all schools

Age range

5 - 16

Duration (numbers of years of compulsory education stipulated by this document)


ISCED levels included in compulsory education

not mentioned

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

not mentioned

Is educational tracking implemented or modified by this document?


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

Not mentioned

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

Not mentioned

Read the Law

Full Text Source in English

2011, chapter 21

Original full text source in native language

2011, chapter 21

Full text web source in English


Original full text web source in native language


Secondary Literature & Sources

Secondary literature

- Department for Education. "The Education Act 2011". UK Government, London (2012). Available at: http://webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.uk/20130802140618/https:/www.education.gov.uk/aboutdfe/departmentalinformation/educationbill/a0073748/education-bill
- Department for Education. "The Importance of Teaching". Her Majesty's Stationery Office, London (2010). Available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/175429/CM-7980.pdf


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

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Cite as

SPLASH-db.eu (2014): Policy: "Education Act 2011" (Information provided by Ernestina Coast, Ginevra Floridi & Wendy Sigle). Available at: https://splash-db.eu [Date of access].