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510 Provision of clothing.E+W

(1)A local education authority may provide clothing for—

(a)any pupil who is a boarder at an educational institution maintained by the authority [F1or at a grant-maintained school],

(b)any pupil at a nursery school maintained by the authority, and

(c)any pupil in a nursery class at a school maintained by the authority [F1or at a grant-maintained school].

(2)A local education authority may also provide clothing for any pupil—

(a)for whom they are providing board and lodging elsewhere than at an educational institution maintained by them, and

(b)for whom special educational provision is made in pursuance of arrangements made by them.

(3)Where it appears to a local education authority, in a case where neither subsection (1) nor subsection (2) applies, that a pupil at—

(a)a school maintained by them [F2or a grant-maintained school], or

(b)a special school (whether maintained by them or not),

is unable by reason of the inadequacy or unsuitability of his clothing to take full advantage of the education provided at the school, the authority may provide him with such clothing as in their opinion is necessary for the purpose of ensuring that he is sufficiently and suitably clad while he remains a pupil at the school.

(4)A local education authority may provide—

(a)for pupils at a school maintained by them [F3, at a grant-maintained school] or at an institution maintained by them which provides further education or higher education (or both),

(b)for persons who have not attained the age of 19 and who are receiving education at an institution within the further education sector, and

(c)for persons who make use of facilities for physical training made available for them by the authority under section 508(2),

such articles of clothing as the authority may determine suitable for the physical training provided at that school or institution or under those facilities.

(5)A local education authority may—

(a)with the consent of the proprietor of a school not maintained by the authority, other than a [F4grant-maintained school or] special school, and

(b)on such financial and other terms, if any, as may be determined by agreement between the authority and the proprietor,

make arrangements, in the case of any pupil at the school who is unable by reason of the inadequacy or unsuitability of his clothing to take full advantage of the education provided at the school, for securing for the pupil the provision of such clothing as is necessary for the purpose of ensuring that he is sufficiently and suitably clad while he remains a pupil at the school.

(6)Any arrangements made under subsection (5) shall be such as to secure, so far as is practicable, that the expense incurred by the authority in connection with the provision of any article under the arrangements does not exceed the expense which would have been incurred by them in the provision of it if the pupil had been a pupil at a school maintained by them.

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