Schools as Organisation


Early Years.
The Education system has laws and codes of practice for all developmental stages, ranging from Early Years to Post-16 education. In the instance of Early Years, there is an Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum (EYFS), to ensure all children in the early stages of development are being given the best opportunity for development. By law, all children of 3-4 years of age are now entitled to free part-time Early Education of up to 15 hours per week (previously 12.5), and   the provision for early years education within their local area. Providers of early years education include maintained (state) nursery schools, maintained (state) primary schools in nursery (3+) and reception (4+) classes, or private and voluntary providers who receive government subsides. Some legislation affecting early years provision includes The Children Act 1989, SEN Code of Practice 1994, National Childcare Strategy 1998, Every Child Matters 2003 and Children’s Act 2004.

Post-16 education.
Previously, after leaving the education system at 16 young people did not have a necessary set-out code of guidelines they were to follow. They could leave school and enter employment, they could partake in further education, or they could leave education and become dependent on their parents or benefits. However, under the last Labour government the September Guarantee was brought around. It outlined that by 2013, all pupils will be required to follow one of 3 routes after Secondary Education. These routes were:
  * Enter full or part-time education within a school, sixth form college, independent learning provider or further education college.
  * Enter an apprenticeship or programme-led apprenticeship, which must include both the training element and a job or work placement.
  * Entry to Employment
  * Employment with training to NVQ L2.
The guarantee outlines that they must follow one of these routes until they are 17 years old, and under the...