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The Education Reform(Northern Ireland) Order 1989

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Schemes of management

123.  After Article 9 of the principal Order and after the cross-heading “School management” there shall be inserted the following Articles—

Schemes of management

9A.(1) For every grant-aided school (other than a technical secondary school) there shall be a scheme (to be known as a “scheme of management”) providing for—

(a)the membership and procedure of the Board of Governors of the school;

(b)the management of the school, and in particular the functions to be exercised in relation to the school by the Board of Governors, the principal and any other person or body specified in the scheme;

(c)such other matters as are required or authorised by the Education Orders to be included in or regulated by the scheme of management.

(2) The scheme of management for a grant-aided school may provide for the establishment by the Board of Governors of the school of committees (whether or not including persons who are not members of the Board of Governors) and for—

(a)the membership and procedure of such committees;

(b)the delegation to such committees of such functions of the Board of Governors of the school as may be specified in or determined in accordance with the scheme.

(3) The scheme of management for a grant-aided school may provide for the delegation to the principal of the school of such functions of the Board of Governors as may be specified in or determined in accordance with the scheme.

(4) The scheme of management for a grant-aided school shall—

(a)contain no provision which is inconsistent with any provision of the Education Orders or any other statutory provision;

(b)except in so far as any provision of the Education Orders requires or authorises, comply with any instrument of government of the school.

(5) The scheme of management for—

(a)a controlled integrated school, shall be a scheme applying only to that school;

(b)any other controlled school, may be either a scheme applying only to that school or a scheme applying to that school and to other controlled schools, all being schools specified, or of a description specified, in the scheme.

(6) The scheme of management for a Catholic maintained school may be a scheme applying only to that school or a scheme applying to that school and to other Catholic maintained schools, all being schools specified, or of a description specified, in the scheme.

(7) In its application to a voluntary school referred to in Article 11(8), this Article shall have effect with the omission of paragraphs (1)(a) and (2) and the substitution for the references in paragraphs (1)(b) and (3) to the Board of Governors of references to the person approved in relation to that school by the Department under the said Article 11(8).

Preparation of schemes of management

9B.(1) It shall be the duty of a board to prepare a scheme or schemes of management for controlled schools under the management of the board; but before preparing a scheme of management applying to any school the board shall consult the Board of Governors of that school.

(2) It shall be the duty of a board, after consultation with the managers or trustees of a maintained school (other than a Catholic maintained school) maintained by it, to prepare a scheme of management for the school.

(3) It shall be the duty of the Council for Catholic Maintained Schools to prepare a scheme or schemes of management for Catholic maintained schools; but before preparing a scheme of management applying to any school the Council shall consult the trustees or managers of the school and the board by which the school is maintained.

(4) It shall be the duty—

(a)in the case of a voluntary school referred to in Article 11(8), of the person approved in relation to that school by the Department under the said Article 11(8),

(b)in the case of any other voluntary school (not being a maintained school), of the Board of Governors of the school,

to prepare a scheme of management for the school.

(5) It shall be the duty of the Board of Governors of a grant-maintained integrated school to prepare a scheme of management for the school.

(6) In preparing a scheme of management under this Article a body or person shall take into account any guidance given by the Department as to the provisions it regards as suitable for inclusion in that scheme.

(7) The Department shall publish any guidance given by it for the purposes of this Article in such manner as it thinks fit.

Approval or imposition of scheme of management by Department

9C.(1) Every body or person required by Article 9B to prepare a scheme of management shall, on or before such date as the Department may direct, submit the scheme to the Department for its approval, and in this Article and Article 9D “the submitting authority”, in relation to a scheme, means the body by which or person by whom the scheme is required to be prepared.

(2) In the case of a scheme prepared under paragraph (1) or (3) of Article 9B the submitting authority shall also submit to the Department such information as to the results of consultations under that paragraph as the Department may require.

(3) A scheme of management submitted under paragraph (1) shall not come into operation until it has been approved by the Department or until such date as the Department may, in giving its approval, specify; and the Department may approve such a scheme either without modifications or with such modifications as it thinks fit after consulting the submitting authority.

(4) Where—

(a)a submitting authority fails to submit a scheme to the Department as required by paragraph (1); or

(b)it appears to the Department that a scheme submitted by a submitting authority as required by that paragraph does not accord with any guidance given by it for the purposes of Article 9B and cannot be made to do so merely by modifying it,

the Department may impose a scheme of management making such provision of a description required or authorised to be made by a scheme of management as it considers appropriate.

(5) A scheme of management imposed by the Department by virtue of paragraph (4)—

(a)shall be treated for all purposes as if it had been prepared by the submitting authority and approved by the Department under this Article; and

(b)shall come into operation on such date as may be specified therein.

(6) Before imposing a scheme under paragraph (4) the Department shall consult the submitting authority and—

(a)in the case of a scheme of management applying to a controlled school or controlled schools, the Board of Governors of the school or schools to which the scheme applies;

(b)in the case of a scheme of management applying to a maintained school (other than a Catholic maintained school) the managers or trustees of the school; and

(c)in the case of a scheme of management applying to a Catholic maintained school or schools, the managers or trustees of the school or schools to which the scheme applies and the board or boards by which any such school is maintained.

(7) The Council for Catholic Maintained Schools shall provide each board with a copy of the scheme or schemes of management approved under this Article and applying to the Catholic maintained schools maintained by that board.

Revision of schemes of management

9D.(1) A submitting authority may at any time, and shall if the Department so directs, prepare a revised scheme of management and submit it to the Department for its approval.

(2) Article 9B(6) and (7) shall apply in relation to the preparation of a revised scheme of management as it applies in relation to the preparation of the initial scheme.

(3) A revised scheme of management submitted under paragraph (1) shall not come into operation until it has been approved by the Department or until such date as the Department may, in giving its approval, specify; and the Department may approve such a scheme either without modifications or with such modifications as it thinks fit after consulting the submitting authority..

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