General election 2024: FAQs for schools

There will be a general election on Thursday 4 July 2024. Find answers to frequently asked questions (FAQs) about what this means for your school or trust, and what steps you should take.

Last reviewed on 23 May 2024
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Contents
  1. What have the different parties said about education?
  2. What will happen to legislation or guidance that is in draft, or under consultation?
  3. When will I hear about the pay deal?
  4. What should I do if my school is asked to serve as a polling station?
  5. Will Ofsted inspections continue in the lead-up to the election?
  6. Can staff and older pupils leave school to vote?
  7. How should we talk to pupils about the election?

What have the different parties said about education?

We've summarised what the parties have proposed for schools in England, and what those changes could mean for your school or trust. 

Remember, these proposals are not guaranteed to be carried out – changes may happen very slowly or not at all, even if the party that proposed those measures is elected.

What will happen to legislation or guidance that is in draft, or under consultation?

It isn't clear yet what will happen to it. 

The DfE has published draft guidance on:

It's likely that these will be delayed, as the government will be dissolved on 30 May. Between that date and the election, public bodies will be following 'period of sensitivity' rules, which means they are

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