Major changes in the new Education Bill

Closed 22 Nov 2017

Opened 11 Oct 2017

Feedback updated 23 Jan 2018

We asked

We asked for the views of the public on the policy principles on which the new Education Bill will be based, to reflect changes in education practice both in the UK and other jurisdictions.

You said

A total of 535 responses were received to the consultation – 528 online responses as well as 7 responses by post and email. 87% of responses were made from respondents living on the Isle of Man.

The majority of the responses were supportive of the principles proposed by the Department and most agreed with the policy principles suggested. Only questions 10 (extension of fines) and 13 (school catchment areas) elicited a more varying range of responses:

  • Q10 – 45% of respondents supported the proposal, with 53.7% either against or unsure
  • Q13 – 48% of respondents were against the proposal, with 50.6% either in favour or unsure

We did

The Department has considered all of the comments and suggestions received as part of this consultation analysis and has produced a short paper summarising its responses and intentions in each area of the consultation. This has been added to the consultation hub alongside the 399 (permitted) full or anonymised published responses.

In view of the support for the proposals, the Department intends to proceed with drafting instructions for the new Bill using the policy principles notified at the start of the consultation process. 

This will include retention of school catchment areas in its current form for the reasons mentioned in the aforementioned responses report. However the proposal to extend the current fines provisions will be reconsidered in view of the comments made.

Results updated 23 Jan 2018


Published responses

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The Education Act 2001 has been the primary legislation in education for the past 13 years. It was necessary to make changes in 2009 [Education (Mischellaneous Provisions) Act 2009] and now the Department of Education and Children believes the time is right to look at new legislation in some key areas. By considering a new Education Bill all areas of the present legislation will be considered.

This consultation is about the policy principles that may be used as the basis for drafting the new Education Bill. The Department of Education and Children is looking to bring the Island’s legislation up to date to reflect changes in education practice both in the UK and other jurisdictions.

We are looking for views from members of the public on:

  • the major changes being proposed for inclusion in the new Bill
  • the proposed changes to amend or add to existing legislative provisions

Our proposal

We want to ensure that education legislation:

  • is up to date
  • covers education provision for lifelong learning
  • enables the Department to deliver an education provision that meets the needs of Isle of Man residents and businesses
  • complies with safeguarding legislation

Why your views matter

The consultation will help the Department of Education and Children understand views from members of the public on the changes to some of the policy principles on which the new Education Bill will be based. 

What happens next

Results will be processed by the Department and feedback will be given. 


  • All Areas


  • Older people
  • Homeowners
  • Students
  • Children & young people
  • Parents, carers and & guardians


  • Education 16-19
  • Early years & primary education
  • Secondary education
  • Higher education