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Education Act 1997

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Education Act 1996 (c. 56)

9(1)Section 3 of the Education Act 1996 (definition of pupil etc.) shall be amended as follows.

(2)At the end of subsection (1) insert—

and references to pupils in the context of the admission of pupils to, or the exclusion of pupils from, a school are references to persons who following their admission will be, or (as the case may be) before their exclusion were, pupils as defined by this subsection.

(3)In subsection (3), for “The definition of “pupil” in subsection” substitute “Subsection”.

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

(a)for “For” substitute “Nothing in subsection (1) shall be taken to preclude the making of arrangements under section 19(1) (exceptional educational provision) under which part-time education is to be provided at a school; and for”; and

(b)omit “(pupil referral units)”.

11In section 6(1) of that Act (nursery schools), for “the age of five” substitute “compulsory school age”.

12In section 14(4) of that Act (functions of LEA in respect of provision of primary and secondary schools), for “the age of five” substitute “compulsory school age”.

13In section 17(2) of that Act (powers of LEA in respect of nursery education), for “the age of five”, in both places, substitute “compulsory school age”.

14In section 29(6)(b) of that Act (requirement of LEA to publish information as to their policy and arrangements for primary or secondary education not to apply in relation to nursery schools, etc.), for “the age of five” substitute “compulsory school age”.

15In section 86(3)(b) of that Act (instrument of government to reflect current circumstances of school), after “82(3)(b)” insert “or (c)”.

16In section 156 of that Act (exclusion of pupils), for subsection (3) substitute—

(3)Subsection (2) has effect despite anything in the articles of government for the school.

17In section 231 of that Act (powers of governing body of grant-maintained school), in subsection (8)(b), for “the age of five” substitute “compulsory school age”.

18In section 265(1)(a) of that Act (proposals for change of character approved before school becomes grant-maintained), for “35 or 41” substitute “37 or 43”.

19In section 266(1)(b) of that Act (interpretation of Chapter VII of Part III), for “the age of five” substitute “compulsory school age”.

20In section 290(9) of that Act (groups of grant-maintained schools)—

(a)for first “(ii)” substitute “(i)”; and

(b)for “307” substitute “306A, 307, 307A”.

21In section 292(2) of that Act (nursery education in grant-maintained schools), for “the age of five” substitute “compulsory school age”.

22In section 307 of that Act (exclusion of pupils), for subsection (2) substitute—

(2)Subsection (1) has effect despite anything in the articles of government for the school.

23In section 312(2)(c) of that Act (meaning of “learning difficulty” for the purposes of the Act)—

(a)for “the age of five” substitute “compulsory school age”, and

(b)omit “or over”.

24In section 332(1) of that Act (duty of Health Authority or National Health Service Trust to notify parent where child has special educational needs), for “the age of five” substitute “compulsory school age”.

25In section 343(2) of that Act (nursery education in grant-maintained special schools), for “the age of five” substitute “compulsory school age”.

26Omit sections 358 to 361 of that Act (provisions about Curriculum Authorities).

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

(a)for “the School Curriculum and Assessment Authority” substitute “the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority”; and

(b)for “the Curriculum and Assessment Authority for Wales” substitute “the Qualifications, Curriculum and Assessment Authority for Wales”.

28In section 368(10) of that Act (procedure for making certain orders and regulations)—

(a)for “the School Curriculum and Assessment Authority” substitute “the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority”; and

(b)for “the Curriculum and Assessment Authority for Wales” substitute “the Qualifications, Curriculum and Assessment Authority for Wales”.

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

(a)for “the School Curriculum and Assessment Authority” substitute “the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority”; and

(b)for “the Curriculum and Assessment Authority for Wales” substitute “the Qualifications, Curriculum and Assessment Authority for Wales”.

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

(a)in subsection (1)(a), after “this Part” insert “or Part V of the Education Act 1997”; and

(b)in subsection (4)(f), omit “, 400, 401”.

31(1)Section 411 of that Act (duty to comply with parental preferences) shall be amended as follows.

(2)In subsection (2), after “Subject to subsection (3)” there shall be inserted “, section 411A (pupils excluded from two or more schools), section 413B(3) (home-school partnership documents)”.

(3)In subsection (8), for “this section” substitute “this Chapter (apart from sections 431 to 433)”.

(4)After that subsection insert—

(9)Where the arrangements for the admission of pupils to a school provide for all pupils admitted to the school to be selected by reference to ability or aptitude, those arrangements shall be taken for the purposes of this Chapter to be wholly based on selection by reference to ability or aptitude, whether or not they also provide for the use of additional criteria in circumstances where the number of children in a relevant age group who are assessed to be of the requisite ability or aptitude is greater than the number of pupils which it is intended to admit to the school in that age group.

32In section 422(6) of that Act (admission of pupils to new schools), for “411, 413, 414 and 423” substitute “411, 411A, 413 to 414, 423 and 423A”.

33In section 423 of that Act (appeal arrangements), omit subsection (6).

34In section 424 of that Act (admission of pupils to nursery schools and special schools)—

(a)in subsection (1), for “411, 413, 414 or 423” substitute “411, 411A, 413A, 413B, 414, 423 or 423A”;

(b)in subsection (1)(b), for “the age of five” substitute “compulsory school age”;

(c)in subsection (2), for “the age of five” substitute “compulsory school age”; and

(d)in subsection (3), for “411, 413, 414 and 423” substitute “411, 411A, 413 to 414, 423 and 423A”.

35In section 448 of that Act (exemption where child becomes 5 during term), for “the age of five” substitute “compulsory school age”.

36In section 492(2) of that Act (adjustment of amounts eligible for recoupment as between local education authorities), for “the age of five” substitute “compulsory school age”.

37In section 537(4) of that Act (power of Secretary of State to require information from governing bodies etc.), at the end add “; and regulations under this section may provide that, in such circumstances as may be prescribed, the provision of information to a person other than the Secretary of State is to be treated, for the purposes of any provision of such regulations or this section, as compliance with any requirement of such regulations relating to the provision of information to the Secretary of State.”

38For the cross-heading “CORPORAL PUNISHMENT” preceding section 548 of that Act substitute—

PUNISHMENT AND RESTRAINT OF PUPILS

Corporal punishment.

39In section 551 of that Act (regulations as to the duration of the school day, etc.), after subsection (1) insert—

(1A)In subsection (1) the reference to the duration of the school year at any such schools is a reference to the number of school sessions that must be held during any such year.

40(1)Section 568 of that Act (orders) shall be amended as follows.

(2)In subsection (1) (orders required to be made by statutory instrument unless made under excepted provisions), after “excepted provisions” insert “or one falling within subsection (2A)”.

(3)After subsection (2) (the excepted provisions) insert—

(2A)An order falls within this subsection if it is made under section 413A(4) or paragraph 1(4) of Schedule 33B and applies only to one or more schools specified in the order.

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

(a)in subsection (1) for “of the provisions mentioned in subsection (2) below” substitute “provision of this Act”; and

(b)omit subsection (2).

42At the end of section 578 of that Act (“the Education Acts”) add—

the Education Act 1997.

43In section 579(1) of that Act (general interpretation), after the definition of “school day” insert—

“school year”, in relation to a school, means the period beginning with the first school term to begin after July and ending with the beginning of the first such term to begin after the following July;.

44In section 580 of that Act (the index) at the appropriate places insert—

  • (in the entry relating to “child”)

    (in Chapter I of Part VI except sections 431 to 433)section 411(8).
    school yearsection 579(1).
    wholly based on selection by reference to ability or aptitude (in Chapter I of Part VI)section 411(9).

45In Schedule 2 to that Act (the funding authorities), paragraph 9(2) (superannuation of employees) shall have effect (and be deemed always to have had effect) with the following amendments, namely—

(a)for “the Treasury”, in the first place where it occurs, substitute “the Minister for the Civil Service”; and

(b)for “the Treasury”, in the other places where it occurs, substitute “he”.

46(1)Schedule 4 to that Act (distribution of functions where order made under section 27) shall be amended as follows.

(2)In paragraph 18, for “the age of five” substitute “compulsory school age”.

47In Schedule 16 to that Act (appeals against exclusion or reinstatement of pupil)—

(a)in paragraph 14, after “relevant person,” insert “the head teacher,”; and

(b)in paragraph 15(1), omit the words from “, including” to “brought,”.

48(1)Schedule 19 to that Act (conduct and staffing of new county, voluntary and maintained special schools) shall be amended as follows.

(2)In paragraph 22 (application of provisions in respect of staffing of new schools)—

(a)after “(5)” insert “to (5B)”; and

(b)after “dismissal” insert “or premature retirement”.

(3)For paragraph 27 substitute—

27Section 154 (responsibility for discipline) applies to a new school as if references to the school’s governing body were references to the temporary governing body.

49(1)Schedule 23 to that Act (contents of articles of grant-maintained schools) shall be amended as follows.

(2)In paragraph 4(1) omit “, 400”.

(3)After paragraph 6(2) insert—

(2A)Sub-paragraphs (1) and (2), so far as they apply in relation to arrangements in respect of appeals—

(a)do not require the articles to provide for any matter for which provision is made by Schedule 25A (exclusion appeals); and

(b)have effect subject to paragraph 4(2) of Schedule 33B (refusal of admission in case of children permanently excluded from two or more schools).

50In Schedule 28 to that Act (government and conduct of grant-maintained special schools), in paragraph 14 after “regulations may” insert “, subject to the following paragraphs of this Schedule,”.

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