Major changes in the new Education Bill

Closed 22 Nov 2017

Opened 11 Oct 2017


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 We Are Consulting

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