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Education Act 1997

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2Responsibility for discipline: LEA-maintained schools

For section 154 of the Education Act 1996 there shall be substituted—

154Responsibility of governing body and head teacher for discipline

(1)The governing body of a county, voluntary or maintained special school shall ensure that policies designed to promote good behaviour and discipline on the part of its pupils are pursued at the school.

(2)In particular, the governing body—

(a)shall make, and from time to time review, a written statement of general principles to which the head teacher is to have regard in determining any measures under subsection (4); and

(b)where they consider it desirable that any particular measures should be so determined by the head teacher or that he should have regard to any particular matters—

(i)shall notify him of those measures or matters, and

(ii)may give him such guidance as they consider appropriate;

and in exercising their functions under this subsection the governing body shall have regard to any guidance given from time to time by the Secretary of State.

(3)Before making or revising the statement required by subsection (2)(a) the governing body shall consult (in such manner as appears to them to be appropriate)—

(a)the head teacher; and

(b)parents of registered pupils at the school.

(4)The head teacher shall determine measures (which may include the making of rules and provision for enforcing them) to be taken with a view to—

(a)promoting, among pupils, self-discipline and proper regard for authority;

(b)encouraging good behaviour and respect for others on the part of pupils;

(c)securing that the standard of behaviour of pupils is acceptable; and

(d)otherwise regulating the conduct of pupils.

(5)The head teacher shall, in determining such measures—

(a)act in accordance with the current statement made by the governing body under subsection (2)(a); and

(b)have regard to any notification or guidance given to him under subsection (2)(b).

(6)The standard of behaviour which is to be regarded as acceptable at the school shall be determined by the head teacher, so far as it is not determined by the governing body.

(7)The measures determined by the head teacher under subsection (4) shall be publicised by him in the form of a written document as follows—

(a)he shall make the measures generally known within the school and to parents of registered pupils at the school; and

(b)he shall in particular, at least once in every school year, take steps to bring them to the attention of all such pupils and parents and all persons employed at the school.

(8)The governing body and the head teacher shall, before any measures are determined under subsection (4), consult the local education authority on any matter arising from the proposed measures which can reasonably be expected—

(a)to lead to increased expenditure by the authority, or

(b)to affect the responsibilities of the authority as an employer.

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