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Weekly DfE Publications - W/C 19/03/2018

Statement of intent for the dormant accounts youth programme 

A statement that sets out the purpose and design approach for the youth programme, funded by £90 million from dormant bank and building society accounts.

National pupil database: user guide and supporting information

This user guide for data extract requests is for: 

Use this guidance if you would like to: 

‘Data Management Advisory Panel (DMAP): terms of reference’ explains the purpose of the DMAP.

School performance: key stage 4 similar schools

Guidance on using school performance tables to see how a school is performing at key stage 4 compared to a school with a similar intake of pupils. A ‘similar intake of pupils’ is calculated by estimating the attainment for each pupil achieving the expected standard or higher in reading, writing and mathematics.

Free School Meals: guidance for schools and local authorities

This document is for: 

It provides guidance on free school meal eligibility and the introduction of transitional protection arrangements under Universal Credit for those already receiving free school meals.

EYFS staff:child ratios - DfE approved qualifications

Protection of children's biometric information in schools

The legal duties of schools and colleges that wish to use pupils’ biometric information with automated biometric recognition systems.

Schemes for financing schools

Local authorities are required to publish schemes for financing schools, setting out the financial relationship between them and the schools they maintain. This guidance explains the provisions a scheme must include.

Academy conversion: surplus and deficit balance transfer process

This guidance is for: 

It explains what happens if a school has a budget surplus or deficit when it becomes an academy and is no longer maintained by the local authority.

Influence of financial factors on higher education decision-making

Findings of a survey commissioned by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills to gain greater insight into the importance of financial factors in decisions about higher education. This report has been prepared by YouthSight, a specialist youth research agency. YouthSight conducted a survey with university applicants and first year university students studying at universities outside London.

New school proposals

‘Local authorities seeking proposers’ contains details of all local authorities seeking proposers to establish a new academy or free school. It includes the: 

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