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The Education Reform(Northern Ireland) Order 1989

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Permitted charges

130.—(1) Subject to paragraph (2), a charge may be made in respect of—

(a)education or transport provided for a registered pupil at any grant-aided school to which this Article applies other than education or transport in respect of which by virtue of Article 128 above or Article 52(1) of the principal Order no charge may be made;

(b)the entry of any such pupil for a public examination in any syllabus for that examination otherwise than in circumstances in which by virtue of Article 128(5) no charge may be made; and

(c)board and lodging provided for any such pupil on a residential trip.

(2) A charge may not be made—

(a)by virtue of paragraph (1)(a) in respect of the provision for a pupil of education or transport; or

(b)by virtue of paragraph (1)(b) in respect of the entry of a pupil for an examination in any syllabus for that examination,

unless the education or transport is provided or the pupil is entered for the examination in that syllabus by agreement with his parent; and any education, transport or examination entry in respect of which a charge may be made by virtue of either of those provisions is referred to below in this Article as an “optional extra”.

(3) The following provisions of this Article apply in relation to any charge permitted under this Article and any such charge is referred to in those provisions as a regulated charge.

(4) The amount of any regulated charge shall be payable by the parent of the pupil concerned.

(5) A regulated charge shall not exceed the cost of the provision of the optional extra or the board and lodging in question.

(6) Without prejudice to the generality of paragraph (5), the cost of the provision of an optional extra includes costs, or an appropriate proportion of the costs—

(a)incurred in respect of the provision of any materials, books, instruments or other equipment used for the purposes of or in connection with the provision of the optional extra;

(b)attributable to the provision of non-teaching staff for any purpose connected with the provision of the optional extra; or

(c)attributable to the provision of teaching staff engaged under contracts for services for the purpose of providing it.

(7) Subject to paragraph (8), the cost of the provision of an optional extra shall not be taken as including any costs attributable to the provision of teaching staff other than staff engaged as mentioned in paragraph (6)(c).

(8) Where the optional extra in question consists of tuition in playing any musical instrument the cost of its provision shall include costs, or an appropriate proportion of the costs, attributable to the provision of teaching staff employed for the purpose of providing the tuition.

(9) Where charging is permitted under this Article and the charge would be a regulated charge, the question of whether any charge in respect of the optional extra or the board and lodging should be made, and the amount of any charge to be made, shall be determined—

(a)in a case where the cost of the provision of the optional extra or board and lodging is met by, or from funds at the disposal of, the Board of Governors, by the Board of Governors;

(b)in any other case, by the board.

(10) The whole or any part of the amount of any charge the board determines under paragraph (9)(b) to make—

(a)shall, if the Board of Governors so determines, be met by, or from funds at the disposal of, the Board of Governors; and

(b)shall not, to the extent that it is so met, be payable by the parent of the pupil concerned.

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