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  1. Introductory Text

  2. Part I Assisted places scheme

    1. 1. Extension of assisted places scheme to schools providing only primary education.

  3. Part II School discipline

    1. Responsibility for discipline

      1. 2. Responsibility for discipline: LEA-maintained schools.

      2. 3. Responsibility for discipline: grant-maintained and grant-maintained special schools.

    2. Power to restrain pupils

      1. 4. Power of members of staff to restrain pupils.

    3. Detention

      1. 5. Detention outside school hours lawful despite absence of parental consent.

    4. Exclusion of pupils from school

      1. 6. Variation of limit on fixed-period exclusions: all maintained schools.

      2. 7. Exclusion or reinstatement appeals: LEA-maintained schools.

      3. 8. Exclusion appeals: grant-maintained and grant-maintained special schools.

    5. LEA plans

      1. 9. LEA plans relating to children with behavioural difficulties.

  4. Part III School admissions

    1. Chapter I County and voluntary schools

      1. Partially-selective schools

        1. 10. Restriction of right to refuse admission to partially-selective school.

      2. Children permanently excluded from two or more schools

        1. 11. No requirement to admit children permanently excluded from two or more schools.

        2. 12. Appeals in the case of children permanently excluded from two or more schools.

      3. Home-school partnership documents

        1. 13. Home-school partnership documents.

    2. Chapter II Grant-maintained schools

      1. 14. Corresponding provisions about admissions to grant-maintained schools.

  5. Part IV Baseline assessments and pupils’ performance

    1. Chapter I Baseline assessments

      1. 15. Introductory.

      2. 16. Adoption of baseline assessment schemes.

      3. 17. Assessment of pupils in accordance with scheme.

      4. 18. Regulations for purposes of this Chapter.

    2. Chapter II Pupils’ performance

      1. 19. School performance targets.

      2. 20. Provision of information about individual pupils’ performance.

  6. Part V Supervision of curriculum for schools and external qualifications

    1. Chapter I The Qualifications and Curriculum Authority

      1. Establishment of the Authority

        1. 21. The Qualifications and Curriculum Authority.

      2. Functions of the Authority

        1. 22. General function of Authority to advance education and training.

        2. 23. Functions of the Authority in relation to curriculum and assessment.

        3. 24. Functions of the Authority in relation to external vocational and academic qualifications.

        4. 25. Other functions of the Authority.

        5. 26. Supplementary provisions relating to discharge by Authority of their functions.

        6. 26A. Power of Authority to give directions

    2. Chapter II Functions of the National Assembly for Wales

      1. Renaming of the Authority

        1. 27. The Qualifications, Curriculum and Assessment Authority for Wales.

      2. Functions of the National Assembly for Wales

        1. 28. General function of National Assembly for Wales to advance education and training.

        2. 29. Functions of the National Assembly for Wales in relation to curriculum and assessment.

        3. 30. Functions of the National Assembly for Wales in relation to external vocational and academic qualifications.

        4. 31. Other functions of the Authority.

        5. 32. Supplementary provisions relating to discharge by the National Assembly for Wales of its functions .

        6. 32A. Power of National Assembly for Wales to give directions

    3. Chapter III Provisions supplementary to Chapters I and II

      1. Dissolution of existing bodies

        1. 33. Dissolution of existing bodies.

      2. Transfer of property and staff

        1. 34. Transfer of property.

        2. 35. Transfer of staff.

      3. Levy on bodies awarding accredited qualifications

        1. 36. Levy on bodies awarding qualifications accredited by relevant body .

    4. Chapter IV Control of certain courses leading to external qualifications

      1. 37. Requirement for approval of certain publicly-funded and school courses leading to external qualifications.

  7. Part VI Inspection of local education authorities and school inspections

    1. Chapter I Inspection of local education authorities

      1. 38. Inspection of LEAs.

      2. 39. Reports of inspections under s. 38 and action plan by LEA.

      3. 40. Inspector’s rights of entry etc.

      4. 41. Inspections involving collaboration of Audit Commission.

      5. 41A.Inspections involving collaboration of Auditor General for Wales

    2. Chapter II School Inspections

      1. 42. Miscellaneous amendments relating to school inspections.

  8. Part VII Careers education and guidance

    1. 43. Provision of careers education in schools.

    2. 44. Schools and other institutions to co-operate with careers advisers.

    3. 45. Provision of careers information at schools and other institutions.

    4. 46. Extension or modification of provisions of ss. 43 to 45.

  9. Part VIII Miscellaneous and general

    1. Exceptional educational provision

      1. 47. Functions of LEAs as regards exceptional educational provision.

    2. Management committees for pupil referral units

      1. 48. Management committees for pupil referral units.

    3. Teachers not under contract of employment and persons having access to those under 19

      1. 49. Power to make regulations: teachers not under contract of employment and persons having access to those under 19.

    4. Costs of teachers’ premature retirement

      1. 50. Recoupment by local education authority of costs of teachers’ premature retirement.

    5. Definition of “school”

      1. 51. Definition of “school”.

    6. Compulsory school age

      1. 52. Commencement of compulsory school age.

    7. General provisions

      1. 53. Stamp duty.

      2. 53A.Stamp duty land tax

      3. 54. Orders and regulations.

      4. 55. Financial provisions.

      5. 56. Construction.

      6. 57. Minor and consequential amendments, repeals etc.

      7. 58. Short title, commencement and extent etc.

  10. SCHEDULES

    1. SCHEDULE 1

    2. SCHEDULE 2

    3. SCHEDULE 3

    4. SCHEDULE 4

      The Qualifications and Curriculum Authority

      1. Status

        1. 1.The Authority shall not be regarded as a servant or...

      2. Powers

        1. 2.(1) The Authority may do anything which is calculated to...

        2. 3.(1) The Authority may give to any person or body...

      3. Chief officer

        1. 4.(1) The Authority shall have a chief officer.

      4. Chairman and chief officer: division of functions

        1. 5.(1) The Secretary of State may, on appointing a person...

      5. Tenure of office

        1. 6.(1) A person shall hold and vacate office as a...

        2. 7.The Secretary of State may, if satisfied that a member...

        3. 8.If the chairman or deputy chairman of the Authority ceases...

      6. Payments to members

        1. 9.(1) The Authority shall pay to their members such salaries...

      7. Staff

        1. 10.Subject to the approval of the Secretary of State, the...

        2. 11.(1) Employment with the Authority shall be included among the...

      8. Finance

        1. 12.(1) The Secretary of State may make grants to the...

      9. Committees

        1. 13.(1) The Authority— (a) may establish a committee for any...

      10. Delegation of functions

        1. 14.(1) The Authority may authorise the chairman, the deputy chairman,...

      11. Proceedings

        1. 15.(1) The following persons, namely— (a) a representative of the...

        2. 16.The validity of the Authority’s proceedings shall not be affected...

        3. 17.Subject to the preceding provisions of this Schedule, the Authority...

      12. Accounts

        1. 18.(1) The Authority shall— (a) keep proper accounts and proper...

      13. Documents

        1. 19.The application of the seal of the Authority shall be...

        2. 20.Any document purporting to be an instrument made or issued...

    5. SCHEDULE 5

      The Qualifications, Curriculum and Assessment Authority for Wales

      1. Status

        1. 1. The Qualifications, Curriculum and Assessment Authority for Wales

      2. Powers

        1. 2. The Qualifications, Curriculum and Assessment Authority for Wales

        2. 3. The Qualifications, Curriculum and Assessment Authority for Wales

      3. Chief officer

        1. 4. The Qualifications, Curriculum and Assessment Authority for Wales

      4. Tenure of office

        1. 5. The Qualifications, Curriculum and Assessment Authority for Wales

        2. 6. The Qualifications, Curriculum and Assessment Authority for Wales

        3. 7. The Qualifications, Curriculum and Assessment Authority for Wales

      5. Payments to members

        1. 8. The Qualifications, Curriculum and Assessment Authority for Wales

      6. Staff

        1. 9. The Qualifications, Curriculum and Assessment Authority for Wales

        2. 10. The Qualifications, Curriculum and Assessment Authority for Wales

      7. Finance

        1. 11. The Qualifications, Curriculum and Assessment Authority for Wales

      8. Committees

        1. 12. The Qualifications, Curriculum and Assessment Authority for Wales

      9. Delegation of functions

        1. 13. The Qualifications, Curriculum and Assessment Authority for Wales

      10. Proceedings

        1. 14. The Qualifications, Curriculum and Assessment Authority for Wales

        2. 15. The Qualifications, Curriculum and Assessment Authority for Wales

        3. 16. The Qualifications, Curriculum and Assessment Authority for Wales

      11. Accounts

        1. 17. The Qualifications, Curriculum and Assessment Authority for Wales

      12. Documents

        1. 18. The Qualifications, Curriculum and Assessment Authority for Wales

        2. 19. The Qualifications, Curriculum and Assessment Authority for Wales

    6. SCHEDULE 6

      School inspections

      1. Introductory

        1. 1. School inspections

      2. Rights of entry et ceteralaetc. for Chief Inspectors

        1. 2. School inspections

        2. 3. School inspections

      3. Removal of inspectors from register

        1. 4. School inspections

        2. 5. School inspections

      4. Inspections of closing schools

        1. 6. School inspections

      5. Publication of inspection reports

        1. 7. School inspections

      6. Computer records

        1. 8. School inspections

      7. Delegation of functions of Chief Inspectors

        1. 9. School inspections

      8. Tenders and consultation

        1. 10. School inspections

      9. Inspection teams

        1. 11. School inspections

      10. Rights of entry et ceteralaetc. for registered inspectors

        1. 12. School inspections

    7. SCHEDULE 7

      Minor and consequential amendments

      1. Public Records Act 1958 (c. 51)

        1. 1.In Part II of the Table at the end of...

      2. Local Authorities (Goods and Services) Act 1970 (c. 39)

        1. 2.(1) Subject to sub-paragraph (2), in the Local Authorities (Goods...

      3. Superannuation Act 1972 (c. 11)

        1. 3.(1) In Schedule 1 to the Superannuation Act 1972, in...

      4. House of Commons Disqualification Act 1975 (c. 24)

        1. 4.(1) Part III of Schedule 1 to the House of...

      5. Local Government Finance Act 1982 (c. 32)

        1. 5.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

      6. Finance Act 1991 (c. 31)

        1. 6.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

      7. Charities Act 1993 (c. 10)

        1. 7.In Schedule 2 to the Charities Act 1993 (exempt charities)—...

      8. Nursery Education and Grant-Maintained Schools Act 1996 (c. 50)

        1. 8.In section 1(2) of the Nursery Education and Grant-Maintained Schools...

      9. Education Act 1996 (c. 56)

        1. 9.(1) Section 3 of the Education Act 1996 (definition of...

        2. 10.In section 4(2) of that Act (schools: general)—

        3. 11.In section 6(1) of that Act (nursery schools), for “the...

        4. 12.In section 14(4) of that Act (functions of LEA in...

        5. 13.In section 17(2) of that Act (powers of LEA in...

        6. 14.In section 29(6)(b) of that Act (requirement of LEA to...

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        14. 22.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

        15. 23.In section 312(2)(c) of that Act (meaning of “learning difficulty”...

        16. 24.In section 332(1) of that Act (duty of Health Authority...

        17. 25.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

        18. 26.Omit sections 358 to 361 of that Act (provisions about...

        19. 27.In section 362(7) of that Act (development work and experiments)—...

        20. 28.In section 368(10) of that Act (procedure for making certain...

        21. 29.In section 391(10) of that Act (functions of advisory councils)—...

        22. 30.In section 408 of that Act (provision of information)—

        23. 31.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

        24. 32.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

        25. 33.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

        26. 34.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

        27. 35.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

        28. 36.In section 492(2) of that Act (adjustment of amounts eligible...

        29. 37.In section 537(4) of that Act (power of Secretary of...

        30. 38.For the cross-heading “CORPORAL PUNISHMENT” preceding section 548 of that...

        31. 39.In section 551 of that Act (regulations as to the...

        32. 40.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

        33. 41.In section 571 of that Act (publication of guidance)—

        34. 42.At the end of section 578 of that Act (“the...

        35. 43.In section 579(1) of that Act (general interpretation), after the...

        36. 44.In section 580 of that Act (the index) at the...

        37. 45.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

        38. 46.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

        39. 47.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

        40. 48.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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        42. 50.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

      10. School Inspections Act 1996 (c. 57)

        1. 51.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

    8. SCHEDULE 8

      Repeals

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