Primary schools have Reception classes that admit pupils from the beginning of the academic year in which they reach their 5th birthday. Parents may exercise the right to delay their child’s entry to compulsory education until the start of the term following their child's 5th birthday. See also starting school.
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Records of pupils' enrolment at a school should be retained indefinitely. When a child transfers from one school to another, the following should be transferred to the new school: Copies of school reports, Special Education Needs (SEN) file (if applicable), child protection record (if applicable), RIDDOR accident record (if applicable), health record, attendance and suspension record. When a child leaves the school system, the above records should be retained for 3 years. SEN records should be retained indefinitely. All records on individuals, whether kept on a computer or in paper form, should be of a professional nature and be made available to parents or guardians or the students themselves, if over the age of 18, upon demand. Data Protection legislation provides regulations governing the access to records.
Recruitment to all posts with the Isle of Man Department of Education and Children is undertaken in accordance with Control of Employment legislation. Other than in the case of secondary teaching posts, in respect of which there is an exemption from the Control of Employment legislation, a post must be offered to a person with Isle of Man worker status provided he or she is suitable for the post. Appointments to posts involve applications, interviews and pre-employment vetting. Recruitment for teaching and lecturing posts is carried out in accordance with the Department's Policy and Procedures for Recruitment of Teachers and Lecturers. Copies of this are available from:
Department of Education and Children
+44 1624 685805
Recruitment for other employees (excluding civil servants) is in accordance with the Policy and Procedures for the Recruitment of Non-teaching and Non-lecturing staff and, again, a copy can be requested from the Director of Strategy and Corporate Services. Job vacancies within education can be viewed via related link on this page.
Schools are required to formally report to parents on the progress of their child on an annual basis.