Compulsory DBS checks for governors
Currently it is not mandatory for all governors to have Disclosure and Barring Service checks, although the governing body can require them for any one or all of its members. The government is of a mind to change this and has consulted on a proposal that all governors in maintained schools should be required to be DBS checked. If, as looks probable, the proposal is implemented, then checks will be compulsory for all new governors from 1 April 2016 and for existing governors from 1 September 2016. Academy trustees already have to be DBS checked.
Deregulation Act: Home School Agreement
The provision of the Deregulation Act 2015 removing the compulsion on schools to have Home School Agreements came into effect on 1 January.