Minimum service levels in education

Closed 30 Jan 2024

Opened 28 Nov 2023


We're seeking views on introducing regulations to implement minimum service levels in education services in Great Britain during strike action.

Why your views matter

The Government has brought forward legislation to enable minimum service levels to be applied within key sectors in the event of strike action. This is known as the Strikes (Minimum Service Levels) Act 2023. Minimum service levels aim to limit the impact of strikes on the lives and livelihoods of the public. They seek to find a balance between: 

  • the ability of unions and their members to strike and 
  • the need for the public to access key services during strikes

Our proposals concern education only and we are seeking views on the best approach to delivering these aims in the context of education services


  • Teachers
  • Headteachers
  • Governors
  • School support staff
  • Early learning and childcare providers
  • Training providers
  • Local authorities
  • Adult education providers
  • Further education colleges
  • Sixth form colleges
  • Independent specialist colleges
  • Designated institutions and 16-19 academies
  • 16-18 year old students resident at these institutions
  • Designated safeguarding leads
  • Virtual school heads
  • SENCOs
  • Educational Psychologists
  • School business managers
  • Governing bodies and academy trusts
  • Bodies representing schools and local authorities
  • Faith bodies
  • Pupils
  • Young people
  • Parents
  • Foster carers
  • Adoptive parents
  • Employers
  • Community representatives
  • Volunteers
  • Social workers
  • Unions and representative organisations
  • Government bodies and departments
  • Academies (including free schools), voluntary aided schools, voluntary controlled schools, foundation schools and community schools
  • Universities


  • Education
  • National Curriculum
  • GCSE subject content
  • GCE AS and A level subject content
  • Early learning and childcare
  • Early years foundation stage
  • Key stage 1
  • Key stage 2
  • Care leavers and former looked-after children
  • Financial support (Looked after children)
  • Programmes and initiatives (Looked after children)
  • Support in education
  • Academies
  • Governance
  • Health and wellbeing
  • Planning
  • Statutory policies and guidance
  • Keeping children safe in education and other settings
  • Safeguarding disabled children
  • Alternative provision
  • Attendance and absence
  • Disabled children
  • SEND code of practice
  • Teaching and learning (SEND)
  • Participation of young people in education, employment and training
  • Equality
  • HE
  • Apprenticeships
  • Work based training
  • Community learning
  • Lifelong learning