The New Education Bill

Closed 20 Mar 2019

Opened 29 Jan 2019

Feedback updated 28 Jun 2019

We asked

The Department of Education, Sport and Culture (DESC) consulted Isle of Man residents on the draft Education Bill.  The purpose of the Bill is to modernise existing legislation and address matters which include:

  • Considering fundamental principles of education in the Isle of Man and updating the duties of the DESC as well as developing provisions around financial assistance for pupils.
  • Having a range of school types and considering regulation of catchment areas
  • Inappropriate use of social media
  • Being more flexible in pupils starting compulsory schooling and considering holidays during school terms
  • Assessing work done by those of compulsory school age being educated otherwise
  • Having principles underlying Additional Educational Needs and introducing an Additional Educational Need Code
  • Assessing the educational provision of pre-school education
  • Regulating educational institutions and private tutors
  • Introducing an Educational Tribunal to deal with issues

You said

In total there were 588 responses considered, the majority of which were submitted via the Consultation Hub and others which were either emailed in or submitted in hard copy.  A range of views were expressed across the all questions.

We did

Responses were analysed to see whether there were any dominant views, which are detailed in the overview document.  These were then considered by the Department with suggestions being put forward for drafting instructions to revise the draft Bill.

Results updated 28 Jun 2019


Published responses

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The Education Act 2001 has been the primary legislation governing what happens in education since it came into effect in 2004. It was necessary to make changes in 2009 and now the Department of Education, Sport and Culture believes the time is right to look at new legislation in some key areas. A consultation has occurred on principles and the Department is grateful for the feedback and comments of all who took part in that exercise.

In considering a new Education Bill, all areas of the present legislation have been considered and although some areas have seen significant changes proposed, there are areas which are unchanged. The primary focus of this consultation is on those aspects which have changed significantly although comments are most welcome on those aspects which have not changed.

This consultation is about the draft Education Bill which will update the Island’s legislation to reflect changes in education practice both in the UK and other jurisdictions as well as seeking to be progressive where appropriate.

Following the consultation on principles, the Education Council will no longer exist along with the Religious Education Advisory Council. Religious Education will become a compulsory school subject and issues relating to assemblies will be dealt with in the Articles and Instruments of Government of schools.

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

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

Why your views matter

The consultation will help the Department of Education, Sport and Culture understand views from members of the public on the changes that are being proposed in the new Education Bill. 

What happens next

Consultation responses will be processed by the Department to inform the final contents of the Bill and feedback will be given.


  • All Areas


  • All residents


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