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Reception classes

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.

Early years foundation stage baseline data 2014

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Records of pupils' enrolment at a school should be retained indefinitely. This is termed the admissions register.

When a child transfers from one school to another, the Pupil Record should be transferred to the new school including:

  • 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.

A data subject and those with parental responsibility have rights and Data Protection legislation provides regulations governing the access to records.

Pupil records are retained for DOB + 25 years. Records and information is subject to the Department’s retention schedule which can be downloaded.



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:

Joanne Roberts, Deputy Chief Officer

Telephone:+44 1624 685152

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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.

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