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Education Act 1980

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27School and further education regulations

(1)The Secretary of State may by regulations make provision—

(a)for requiring teachers at schools and further education establishments to which this section applies to possess such qualifications as may be determined by or under the regulations and for requiring such teachers to serve probationary periods;

(b)with respect to the teaching staff to be provided in such schools and establishments;

(c)for requiring the approval of the Secretary of State to be obtained for the use in such schools and establishments of such materials or apparatus as may be specified in the regulations, being materials or apparatus , which could or might involve a serious risk to health;

(d)with respect to the keeping, disclosure and transfer of educational records about pupils at such schools and establishments;

(e)with respect to the duration of the school day and school year at, and the granting of leave of absence from, any such schools.

(2)The Secretary of State may by regulations make provision for imposing requirements as to the health and physical capacity of—

(a)teachers at schools and further education establishments to which this section applies;

(b)teachers employed by local education authorities other wise than at such schools or establishments; and

(c)persons employed by local education authorities in work otherwise than as teachers which brings them regularly into contact with persons who have not attained the age of nineteen years.

(3)The Secretary of State may by regulations make provision for prohibiting or restricting the employment or further employment of persons—

(a)as teachers at schools and further education establishments to which this section applies ;

(b)by local education authorities as teachers otherwise than at such schools or establishments; or

(c)by local education authorities in such work as is mentioned in subsection (2)(c) above,

on medical grounds, in cases of misconduct and, as respects employment or further employment as a teacher, on educational grounds.

(4)The Secretary of State may by regulations make provision requiring his approval to be obtained for the provision of new premises for, or the alteration of the premises of, any school or further educational establishment to which this section applies or any boarding hostel provided by a local education authority for pupils attending any such school or establishment and for the inspection of any such hostel.

(5)In section 71(a) of the Public Health Act 1936 and section 63(2) of the Education Act 1944 (exemption from building regulations etc.) references to plans approved by the Secretary of State shall include references to any particulars submitted to and approved by him under regulations made by virtue of subsection (4) above.

(6)The Secretary of State may make regulations with respect to the provision of, and the fees to be charged for, courses of further education at further education establishments to which this section applies, including provision for requiring his approval to be obtained for the provision at such establishments of courses designated by or under the regulations as courses of advanced further education and for enabling him to give directions for the discontinuance of any such course at such an establishment or as to the number and categories of students to be admitted to such courses at such establishments.

(7)This section applies to any school maintained by a local education authority, any special school not so maintained, any further education establishment provided by a local education authority and any further education establishment designated by or under the regulations as an establishment substantially dependent for its maintenance on assistance from local education authorities or on grants under section 100(1)(b) of the said Act of 1944.

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