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School Standards and Organisation (Wales) Act 2013

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Intervention by a local authority

3Warning notice

(1)If a local authority is satisfied that one or more of grounds 1 to 6 exist in relation to one of its maintained schools, the authority may give a warning notice to the governing body of the school.

(2)The local authority must specify each of the following in the warning notice—

(a)the grounds for intervention;

(b)the reasons why the authority is satisfied that the grounds exist;

(c)the action the authority requires the governing body to take in order to deal with the grounds for intervention;

(d)the period within which the action is to be taken by the governing body (“the compliance period”);

(e)the action the authority is minded to take if the governing body fails to take the required action.

(3)If the local authority gives a warning notice to the governing body of a school, it must at the same time give a copy of the warning notice to—

(a)the head teacher;

(b)if the school is a foundation or voluntary school—

(i)the person who appoints the foundation governors, and

(ii)if the school has a religious character, the appropriate religious body;

(c)the Welsh Ministers.

4Power to intervene

(1)A local authority has the power to intervene in the conduct of one of its maintained schools under this Chapter if subsection (2), (3) or (4) applies.

(2)This subsection applies if—

(a)the local authority has given a warning notice under section 3 to the governing body of the school, and

(b)the governing body has failed to comply, or secure compliance, with the notice to the authority’s satisfaction within the compliance period.

(3)This subsection applies if the local authority is satisfied that one or more of grounds 1 to 6 exist in relation to the school and it has reason to believe that there is a related risk to the health or safety of any person that calls for urgent intervention under this Chapter.

(4)This subsection applies if—

(a)ground 7 (school requiring significant improvement) or ground 8 (school requiring special measures) exists in relation to the school, and

(b)a period of not less than 10 days has elapsed since the date on which the Chief Inspector gave notice to the local authority under section 37(2) of the Education Act 2005, subject to subsection (5).

(5)The Welsh Ministers may, in relation to a particular school, determine that subsection (4) (b) has effect as if the reference to 10 days were to a shorter period specified in the determination.

(6)Where a local authority has the power to intervene, it must keep the circumstances giving rise to the power under review.

(7)If the authority concludes that the grounds for intervention have been dealt with to its satisfaction or that exercise of its powers under this Chapter would not be appropriate for any other reason, it must notify the governing body of its conclusion in writing.

(8)If a local authority gives notice under subsection (7), it must at the same time send a copy of the notice to—

(a)in the case of a foundation or voluntary school—

(i)the person who appoints the foundation governors, and

(ii)if the school has a religious character, the appropriate religious body, and

(b)the Welsh Ministers.

(9)A local authority’s power to intervene continues in effect until one of the following events takes place—

(a)the authority gives notice under subsection (7);

(b)the Welsh Ministers determine that the power to intervene is no longer in effect and give notice in writing to the local authority and the governing body of their determination;

(c)the Welsh Ministers give a warning notice to the governing body of the school under section 10.

(10)A local authority which has the power to intervene is not limited to taking the action it said it was minded to take in a warning notice.

5Power to require governing body to secure advice or collaborate

(1)This section applies if a local authority has the power to intervene in the conduct of one of its maintained schools.

(2)The local authority may, with a view to improving the performance of the school, direct the governing body of the school to do either or both of the following—

(a)enter into a contract or other arrangement with a specified person (who may be the governing body of another school) for the provision to the governing body of specified services of an advisory nature;

(b)exercise such of the powers under section 5(2) of the Education (Wales) Measure 2011 (powers to collaborate) as are specified in the direction, subject to provision made in regulations under section 6 of that Measure.

(3)Before giving a direction the local authority must consult—

(a)the governing body of the school, and

(b)in the case of a foundation or voluntary school—

(i)the person who appoints the foundation governors, and

(ii)if the school has a religious character, the appropriate religious body.

(4)A direction under subsection (2)(a) may require the contract or other arrangement to contain specified terms and conditions.

6Power to appoint additional governors

(1)This section applies if a local authority has the power to intervene in the conduct of one of its maintained schools.

(2)The local authority may appoint as many additional governors to the governing body of the school as it thinks fit; and the instrument of government for the school has effect as if it provided for such appointments (despite anything in regulations under section 19 of the Education Act 2002).

(3)The local authority may nominate one of those governors to be the chair of the governing body in place of any person who has been elected as chair of that body.

(4)Before making any such appointment or nomination in relation to a voluntary aided school, the local authority must consult—

(a)the person who appoints the foundation governors, and

(b)if the school has a religious character, the appropriate religious body.

(5)A governor appointed under this section is to hold office for a period determined by the local authority.

(6)A governor nominated by the local authority to be the chair of the governing body is to be the chair for a period determined by the local authority.

(7)The local authority may pay remuneration and allowances to governors appointed under this section.

7Power of local authority to constitute governing body of interim executive members

(1)This section applies if a local authority has the power to intervene in the conduct of one of its maintained schools.

(2)The local authority may give the governing body of the school a notice in writing stating that, as from a date specified in the notice, the governing body is to be constituted in accordance with Schedule 1 (governing bodies consisting of interim executive members).

(3)Before giving a notice the local authority must—

(a)consult the governing body of the school,

(b)in the case of a foundation or voluntary school, consult—

(i)the person who appoints the foundation governors, and

(ii)if the school has a religious character, the appropriate religious body, and

(c)obtain the consent of the Welsh Ministers.

8Power of local authority to suspend right to delegated budget

(1)This section applies if—

(a)a local authority has the power to intervene in the conduct of a maintained school, and

(b)the school has a delegated budget within the meaning of Part 2 of the School Standards and Framework Act 1998.

(2)The local authority may suspend the governing body’s right to a delegated budget by giving the governing body notice of the suspension.

(3)The suspension of the right to a delegated budget takes effect on receipt of the notice by the governing body.

(4)If the local authority gives a notice suspending the right to a delegated budget, it must give a copy of the notice to the head teacher at the same time.

(5)A suspension imposed under this section has effect for the purposes of Chapter 4 of Part 2 of the School Standards and Framework Act 1998 (financing of maintained schools) as if made under paragraph 1 of Schedule 15 to that Act (suspension of financial delegation).

9General power to give directions and take steps

(1)This section applies if the local authority has the power to intervene in the conduct of one of its maintained schools.

(2)If the local authority thinks it is appropriate for the purposes of dealing with the grounds for intervention, the authority may—

(a)give directions to the governing body or head teacher, or

(b)take any other steps.

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