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34Power to amend learning domains

After section 33L of the Learning and Skills Act 2000 (c. 21) insert—

33MPower to amend learning domains

The Welsh Ministers may by order—

(a)amend or omit any paragraph of subsection (3) of section 33A;

(b)add additional paragraphs to that subsection;

(c)amend or omit such additional paragraphs.

35The local curriculum: interpretation

After section 33M of the Learning and Skills Act 2000 (c. 21) insert—

33NThe local curriculum: interpretation

(1)In sections 33A to 33L—

  • “academic year” means the period of 12 months beginning on 1 September;

  • “course of study” means a course of education and training which leads to a qualification or set of qualifications approved under section 99 for the purposes of section 96;

  • “entitlement period” means the period described in section 33E(2);

  • “fourth key stage” is to be construed in accordance with section 103 of the Education Act 2002;

  • “institution” means an institution within the further education sector in Wales unless the institution provides education wholly or mainly for persons with a learning difficulty (within the meaning of section 41);

  • “local curriculum” and “local curricula” are to be construed in accordance with section 33A;

  • “local education authority” means a local education authority in Wales;

  • “maintained school” means a community, foundation or voluntary school maintained by a local education authority in Wales provided that it is also a secondary school;

  • “principal”, in relation to an institution, means the principal or other head of the institution;

  • “regulations” means regulations made by the Welsh Ministers;

  • “relevant school or institution”, in relation to a person, is to be construed in accordance with section 33D;

  • “relevant student”, in relation to a maintained school or institution, means a student for whom the school or institution is his or her relevant school or institution;

  • “student” means a person who has made an election under section 33E.

(2)Unless the context otherwise requires, an expression used in sections 33A to 33N, 33P and 33Q and also the Education Act 1996 is to bear for the purposes of those sections the meaning given to it for the purposes of that Act.

36Local curriculum: directions

After section 33N of the Learning and Skills Act 2000 (c. 21) insert—

33OLocal curriculum: directions

Any direction given by the Welsh Ministers under sections 33A(4), 33J(3) and 33L(3) may be varied or revoked by a further direction.

37Application of local curriculum provisions to students who are registered pupils of special schools or who have learning difficulties

After section 33O of the Learning and Skills Act 2000 (c. 21) insert—

33PApplication of local curriculum provisions to students who are registered pupils of special schools or who have learning difficulties

(1)Regulations may apply the provisions of sections 33A to 33L, 33N and 33O and the provisions of any regulations made under section 46 of the Learning and Skills (Wales) Measure 2009 in respect of a person who falls, or is likely to fall, within subsection (3).

(2)The regulations may apply those provisions with such modifications as appear to the Welsh Ministers to be necessary or expedient.

(3)A person falls within this subsection if he or she—

(a)is above compulsory school age; and

(b)either—

(i)a registered pupil of a community or foundation special school which is maintained by a local education authority in Wales and is not established in a hospital; or

(ii)receiving the majority of his or her education at an institution which provides education wholly or mainly for persons with a learning difficulty (within the meaning of section 41).

38Application of local curriculum provisions to institutions within the higher education sector

After section 33P of the Learning and Skills Act 2000 (c. 21) insert—

33QApplication of local curriculum provisions to institutions within the higher education sector

(1)Regulations may apply the provisions of sections 33A to 33L, 33N and 33O and the provisions of regulations made under section 46 of the Learning and Skills (Wales) Measure 2009 in relation to an institution, or institutions, within the higher education sector in Wales as those provisions apply in relation to an institution within the further education sector in Wales.

(2)The regulations may also apply those provisions in relation to the principal or governing body of an institution within the higher education sector in Wales (or to persons with functions that are similar to those of a principal or governing body) as they apply in relation to the principal or governing body of an institution within the further education sector in Wales.

(3)The regulations may apply those provisions with such modifications as appear to the Welsh Ministers to be necessary or expedient.

39Regulations and orders: procedure

After section 152(4) of the Learning and Skills Act 2000 (c. 21) insert—

(4A)Any statutory instrument containing regulations made by the Welsh Ministers under section 33D(3), 33E(3), 33G(3), 33I(3), 33P or 33Q is subject to annulment in pursuance of a resolution of the National Assembly for Wales.

(4B)No order shall be made by the Welsh Ministers under section 33G(5), 33I(5) or 33M unless a draft of the instrument containing the order has been laid before, and approved by a resolution of, the National Assembly for Wales.

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