Consultation Hub

This site hosts consultations run by the Department for Education. Public participation is important to the development of our policies and guidance so please have your say.

 

Open Consultations

  • Appropriate Body Reform and Induction Assessment

    We are announcing reforms to the appropriate body (AB) sector and seeking views on the transitional period, the roles of the AB, and the value of formal assessment in statutory teacher induction. More

    Closes 21 July 2022

  • SEND Review: Right support, right place, right time

    The government has published a green paper on the future of the special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) and alternative provision (AP) system and is undertaking a public consultation on the green paper’s proposals. Supporting resources There are resources available... More

    Closes 22 July 2022

Closed Consultations

We Asked, You Said, We Did

Here are some of the issues we have consulted on and their outcomes. See all outcomes

We asked

Respondents to comment on the proposed changes to the ‘Teacher misconduct regulatory regime’.

You said

That it was only right for all children and young people to be safeguarded and protected wherever they are receiving their education.

 

We did

We have not made any further changes to our proposals. We plan to implement all of our proposals when the next legislative opportunity arises, and we will provide further guidance as necessary at that time.

We asked

The Department for Education published for consultation a draft statutory instrument proposing amendments to the regulations which set out the rules for the Teacher’s Pension Scheme.

You said

Nearly all respondents agreed that the draft amendments achieved the policy aims as described in the consultation document.

We did

The draft regulations now form the basis of the final regulations which were made and laid before Parliament on 18 March 2022.

We asked

We asked for views on our proposals to make changes to the fees Ofsted charge children’s social care providers and reset the three-year inspection cycle for residential family centres, voluntary adoption agencies, adoption support agencies and fostering agencies.

You said

Just over half told us that the proposed fee increase, for those not paying the full cost of Ofsted inspection and regulation, would have a minimal or moderate impact and considered that the proposed increase was fair or thought the fee increase could be sufficiently covered within existing budgets. Almost all other respondents advised that it would have a moderate effect and two said it would have a major effect. Some concerns were raised about the fee increase and the impact of wider financial pressures.

Most respondents were supportive of our proposals on fees for multi-building children’s homes. Likewise, most respondents were also supportive of our proposal to reset the three-year inspection cycle. However, there were some concerns raised, particularly around the potential for a longer time between inspections for some providers. 

We did

The results of the consultation have been set out in a report on the gov.uk website. Based on these results, the department has decided to implement a 10% increase in fees for children’s social care providers not paying the full cost rate, introduce fees for multi-building children’s homes and reset the three-year inspection cycle for residential family centres, voluntary adoption agencies, adoption support agencies and fostering agencies.