Last reviewed 27 June 2022

The Government has revised the rules on the information about individual pupils that schools are required to provide by publishing the Education (Information About Individual Pupils) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2022 (SI 2022/599).

Available at www.legislation.gov.uk, they amend the Education (Information About Individual Pupils) (England) Regulations 2013 with effect from 1 September 2022.

Among other changes, they amend the definition of “special educational needs provision type” in the 2013 Regulations so that it refers to the current version of the Special Educational Needs and Disability Code of Practice: 0 to 25 Years.

They also expand the information that must be provided on request to the Secretary of State or other prescribed persons, and introduce a requirement on schools to confirm:

  • whether a pupil is no longer a looked-after child or no longer in state care outside England or Wales as a result of being adopted outside England or Wales

  • whether a pupil has been identified as a young carer, and if so, by whom.

In the case of pupils receiving education provision in a range of specified circumstances other than at the school in question, these latest Regulations amend Schedule 1 to the 2013 Regulations so as to require the school to provide certain information about that education provision.

That information includes the identity of the provider of the education provision and the reason for that education provision.

Schedule 1 to the 2013 Regulations is further amended to require local authorities, in respect of the pupil referral units that they maintain, and the proprietors of alternative provision Academies to provide certain information about registered pupils.

The required information includes:

  • the unique reference number of the educational establishment that the pupil was registered at before being registered at the pupil referral unit or alternative provision Academy

  • the reason for the pupil receiving education provision at the pupil referral unit or alternative provision Academy.