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Education Law Review


Education Law outlines what parents and children can expect of an Education system, including what students are entitled to and what Education settings are responsible for.

Guernsey’s current Education Law was agreed in the 1970s but based on UK legislation from the 1940s and some elements of educational practice date as far back as the turn of the century. An urgent review of the current Education Law was recommended as part of the 2012 Mulkerrin review of education in Guernsey.

At the 21 June States meeting, Deputies will be asked to approve an Education Law Review. Assuming the propositions are passed, the Law Officers will then draft a new Education Law based on the policy letter. The Committee for Education, Sport and Culture anticipates that the new law will go in effect in September 2025.


Quick digest

To understand the new law quickly, watch the videos and read the FAQs on the page.



Amendment 1  – clarifies that parents may decide to home school their child at any point.

Amendment 2  – removes means-testing for the cost of exams for students who are home-schooled.

Amendment 3 – promotes a collaborative approach with home-schooling families when the Committee decides on the frequency and extent of monitoring and support visits.

St Pier/Bury
Amendment 4 – ensures that age-appropriate sexual health and relationship education is included in the law.

St Pier/Soulsby
Amendment 5 – adds term limits for school governors.

Soulsby/Le Tocq
Amendment 6 – repeals the Ladies College (Guernsey) Law 1962, particularly the requirement for LC governors to be approved by the States.

Matthews/De Lisle
Amendment 7 – removes fixed penalty fines for non-school attendance

Amendment 8 – complex amendment that seeks to push back on ESC control of the colleges.

Amendment 9 – further pushback on ESC control of the colleges.

St Pier/Trott
Amendment 10 (not yet published on – remove remuneration for Chairs of Boards of Governors.


Looking in more depth

1. In March 2023, ESC ran a consultation survey for parents, teachers and the wider public on various aspects of the new law. The results of that consultation are in the appendices to the policy paper. You can read them HERE.

2. One fundamental change in the new law is the introduction of Governance Boards for each school (school governors). This shifts responsibility for 20 education settings, and 7,000 students, away from the political committee. The details of how the Governance Boards will be organised are in an annex to the policy paper HERE.

3. Read the full policy document. The table of contents is on page 12, with Additional Learning Needs (SEND) on page 38 and Home Education on page 45.

4. Compare with the current Guernsey Education Law from 1970.



“Education Law proposals were virtually ready – where are they?” (15 Jan 2021, Bailiwick Express)

FOCUS: The arguments for reforming the Education Law (24 Feb 2021, Bailiwick Express)

Education Law has not been scrapped, says ESC president (27 Feb 2021, Guernsey Press)

New plans for school governors secure support at meeting (19 Jan 2023, Guernsey Press)

New Education Law has been finalised (5 May 2023, Guernsey Press)

New proposals made for ‘outdated’ Guernsey Education Law (5 May 2023, BBC Guernsey)


Other useful information

School governors in UK

Jersey Education Law 1999

Guernsey and Alderney SEND Review 2021 (SEND = special educational needs and/or disabilities)



Guernsey’s iconic women of the future?

Thank you for nominating a young woman or girl for our future iconic Guernsey women campaign to celebrate International Women’s Day!

Nominations close on Sunday 6 March at 17.00.

Please fill in the details below.


Miriam Makeba - South Africa

Nominated by: Christine James

Zenzile Miriam Makeba (1932 to 2008), nicknamed Mama Africa, was a South African singer, songwriter, actress, United Nations goodwill ambassador, and civil rights activist. Associated with musical genres including Afropop, jazz, and world music, she was an advocate against apartheid and white-minority government in South Africa. In 2020 she was named one of Time magazine’s 100 women of the century. 

South Africa is ranked 12th in the world for percentage of women in national parliament: 45.8% (source: 

Are you from South Africa? Please email if there is a social or cultural group for people from South Africa in Guernsey.

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The original image “The Hague Jazz 2008 – Miriam Makeba” by Haags Uitburo is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0. 


Jacinda Ardern - New Zealand

Nominated by: Martin Lock

Jacinda Ardern (born 1980) has served as prime minister of New Zealand and leader of the Labour Party since 2017. In 2019, she led the country through the aftermath of the Christchurch mosque shootings, rapidly introducing strict gun laws in response, and throughout 2020 she directed the country’s widely praised response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Ardern was the world’s second elected head of government to give birth in office when her daughter was born in 2018. ‘An inspiring Prime Minister who brought a nation together with true leadership, empathy and compassion.’

New Zealand is ranked 4th in the world for percentage of women in national parliament: 48.3% (source: 

Other iconic women: Dame Whina Cooper, nominated by Claire Fisher, and Kate Sheppard, nominated by Anna Cooper.

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