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Find out what activities and equipment you can and can't charge parents for and how to request payment.

Statutory requirements

This article is based on advice from the Department for Education (DfE) on charging for school activities. It applies to all maintained schools as part of the Education Act 1996 (sections 449-462). 

Academies: it also applies to you through your funding agreement (though check your funding agreement to be sure). 

You must have a policy

All schools must have a charging and remissions policy – download and adapt our model policy or use our checklist to find out what to include. 


Education provided during school hours (including the supply of materials, books, instruments or other equipment) Education provided outside of school hours if it's part of: The National Curriculum A syllabus for an exam that your school is preparing the pupil for Religious education Instrumental or vocal tuition, for individuals and for groups, unless you're providing it because a parent has asked you to (see more in the section below titled 'music tuition') An

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