Education update: charging for school activities

Schools (including academies) are restricted by law on what they can and cannot charge for. They cannot charge for education provided during school hours, but they can charge for ‘optional extras’ such as residential visits. The Department for Education has issued new advice reminding schools of what they are (and aren’t) entitled to charge for, and how to go about charging. 

Some key things to note from this advice include the fact that schools cannot ask for charges unless the governing body or the local authority has drawn up a charging policy giving details of the optional extras that they intend to charge for, and a remissions policy…

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