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Get ahead of the curve and read our round-up of changes in education that affect you this year.

Keeping Children Safe in Education: updates from September

The 2019 version of the statutory safeguarding guidance is now in force. Read about the details of the changes in our explainer.

Your key actions are to:

  • Include upskirting and serious violent crime in your safeguarding training for all staff in September
  • Carry out section 128 checks on your maintained school governors, if you haven't already
  • Know and follow the new local arrangements set by your safeguarding partners - they'll be in place by 29 September
  • Use the DfE's new online safety guidance 

Get your staff up to speed in September with our download-and-deliver 2019 safeguarding INSET pack or safeguarding essentials elearning course. Upgrade your membership to get full access.

Go to Safeguarding Training Centre

New Ofsted framework

The key changes to Ofsted inspections include:

  • A sharper focus on curriculum with the new 'quality of education' judgement. This centres on:
    • Intent: what are you trying to achieve with your curriculum?
    • Implementation: how's your curriculum delivered? 
    • Impact: what difference is your curriculum having on pupils?
  • 'Behaviour and attitudes' and 'personal development' are now 2 separate judgements 
  • Section 8 - 'short' - inspections are now 2 days instead of 1 
  • Inspectors will no longer use internal progress and attainment data as inspection evidence

Find out what these changes mean for you and visit our resource hub for everything you need to prepare for inspection. 

Longer-term changes

Schools judged 'outstanding' by Ofsted will no longer be exempt from routine inspections 

The DfE announced this in early September 2019, adding that:

  • There’ll be a consultation on how to include 'outstanding' schools in a regular inspection cycle (consultation date not yet known)
  • The decision will be subject to parliamentary approval. It's not likely to take effect until September 2020

Rating on financial management, still in planning stage

The government says it will work with Ofsted to include a new rating for "financial management and oversight" within the school or trust, but we don't yet know when it will be introduced. 

2.75% uplift to teacher pay

From September 2019, the government has applied a 2.75% increase to teacher pay ranges and allowances for those employed under the terms of the School Teachers Pay and Conditions Document.

0.75% of this uplift is being funded by the government, with the other 2% coming from your existing budget.

Download our 'cheat sheet' for more information on what this means for your school.

Plans to raise NQT salaries to £30,000 from September 2020

Salaries for new teachers will go up by £6,000 (25%) over the next 3 years, the government proposed in September 2019. 


Make sure you stay compliant

Compliance Tracker is free with your membership to The Key for School Leaders. Use it to get:

  • A comprehensive list of statutory requirements in 8 areas
  • An easy-to-understand explanation of each requirement
  • Practical guidance on what you need to do

Audit your compliance

Academies Financial Handbook: changes from September

Be clear on the major changes: 

  • A new set of principles for internal scrutiny (aka internal audit) 
  • New requirements for whistle-blowing 
  • Risk registers are now mandatory

Read our article for all the changes, including the minor ones.

Changes to assessment: new requirements

Year 4 multiplication tables check

The check comes into effect in June 2020. It'll test year 4 pupils' multiplication tables between 2 and 12. 

Finalised guidance on check administration, and assessment and reporting arrangements, is expected this autumn.

Read our article for further details.  

Reception baseline assessment

A statutory reception baseline assessment will be introduced in autumn 2020, and will be used to measure progress from reception to the end of Key Stage 2. The Early Years Foundation Stage profile will remain statutory.

Nearly 10,000 primary schools are taking part in the pilot of the assessment this year.

Read the article we wrote on this, informed by the STA's published guidance

Relationships, sex and health education: from September 2020

From September 2020: 

  • Primary schools will need to provide:
    • Relationships education
    • Health education
  • Secondary schools will need to provide:
    • Relationships and sex education
    • Health education

Schools in the primary phase won't be required to provide sex education, but the DfE recommends you have a programme in place if you don't have one already.

Children can't be withdrawn from relationships or health education. Learn about what pupils are expected to know by the end of primary and secondary school.

You'll need a new policy

You'll also have to consult parents when you develop and review your new policy. Use our consultation toolkit and adapt our model RSE policy to help you. 

More from The Key


2020/21 Safeguarding INSET pack.

Amidst your ongoing planning for school reintegration and recovery, you’re also likely thinking ahead to your September INSET day. Safeguarding Training Centre has the resources you need.


Evidence-led training courses that make it easy to upskill staff, anytime, anywhere.

CPD Toolkit is the most effective way to virtually deliver evidence-led training and support the professional development of your staff. Downloadable courses and online 5-minute summaries provide flexibility for training, whether staff are participating as skeleton staff in-school, via video call or individually at their own pace.

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