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Part IE+W+S+N.I. Measures to raise standards of school education

Chapter IE+W Limit on infant class sizes

1 Duty to set limit on infant class sizes.E+W

(1)The Secretary of State shall by regulations—

(a)impose a limit on class sizes for infant classes at maintained schools; and

(b)specify the school years in relation to which any such limit is to have effect.

(2)Any limit imposed under this section shall specify the maximum number of pupils that a class to which the limit applies may contain while an ordinary teaching session is conducted by a single [F1school teacher] .

(3)Subject to subsections (4) and (5), regulations under this section shall be so framed that—

(a)the maximum number specified in pursuance of subsection (2) is 30, and

(b)that limit has effect in relation to the 2001-02 school year and any subsequent year.

(4)Regulations under this section may—

(a)provide for any limit imposed under this section to take effect—

(i)at the same time in the case of each of the age groups into which the pupils in infant classes fall, or

(ii)at different times (which may be earlier than the beginning of the school year mentioned in subsection (3)) in the case of different such age groups;

(b)provide that, in any circumstances specified in the regulations, any such limit either is not to apply or is to operate in such manner as is so specified.

(5)The Secretary of State may by order amend subsection (3)—

(a)by substituting for “30” such other number as is specified in the order; or

(b)by substituting for the reference to the 2001-02 school year a reference to such other school year as is so specified.

(6)Where any limit imposed under this section applies to an infant class at a maintained school, the local education authority and the governing body shall exercise their functions with a view to securing that that limit is complied with in relation to that class.

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Amendments (Textual)

F1Words in s. 1 substituted (19.12.2002 for W. otherwise prosp.) by Education Act 2002 (c. 32), ss. 216, 215(1), Sch. 21 para. 87 (with ss, 210(8), 214(4)); S.I. 2002/3185, art. 4, Sch. Pt. 1

Modifications etc. (not altering text)

C1S. 1 applied (with modifications) (18.10.1999) by S.I. 1999/2666, reg. 8, Sch. paras. 1(c), 2-8.

S. 1 applied (with modifications) (1.9.1999) by S.I 1999/2800, reg. 7, Sch. paras. 1, 2-8.

2 Plans by LEAs for reducing infant class sizes.E+W

(1)Every local education authority shall prepare a statement setting out the arrangements which the authority propose to make for the purpose of securing that any limit imposed under section 1 is complied with in relation to infant classes at schools maintained by the authority.

(2)The statement shall—

(a)contain such information as to the proposed arrangements, and

(b)take such form,

as may be prescribed; and in preparing the statement the authority shall have regard to any guidance given from time to time by the Secretary of State.

(3)In the course of preparing the statement the authority shall carry out such consultation as may be prescribed.

(4)A prescribed body or person, or a body or person falling within any prescribed category, shall provide the authority—

(a)with such documents or information, or

(b)with such other assistance,

as the authority may reasonably request from that body or person for the purpose of enabling them to prepare the statement.

(5)The authority shall submit the statement to the Secretary of State for his approval—

(a)by such date as may be prescribed, or

(b)by such later date as he may allow, where he is satisfied that it is reasonable to do so in view of any particular circumstances relating to the authority;

and different dates may be prescribed for different authorities.

(6)If the Secretary of State decides not to approve the authority’s proposed arrangements—

(a)he shall notify the authority of his decision and of his reasons for it; and

(b)the authority shall prepare a revised statement under this section in respect of their proposed arrangements.

(7)Where the authority are required by subsection (6) to prepare a revised statement, the preceding provisions of this section shall apply to it as they applied to the original statement, except that—

(a)in preparing the revised statement the authority shall have regard to the Secretary of State’s reasons for not approving their original proposals; and

(b)the revised statement shall be submitted to the Secretary of State by such date as he may determine.

(8)In subsection (4) “document” includes information recorded otherwise than in legible form, and the reference to the provision of a document is, in the case of information so recorded, a reference to the provision of a copy of that information in legible form.

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C2S. 2 modified (1.9.1998)(temp.) by S.I. 1998/1968, reg.2

3 Payment of grant in connection with reductions in infant class sizes.E+W

(1)Regulations shall make provision for the payment by the Secretary of State of grants to local education authorities in respect of expenditure incurred or to be incurred by them for the purpose of securing that any limit imposed under section 1 is complied with in relation to infant classes at schools maintained by them.

(2)Regulations under this section shall provide for the Secretary of State—

(a)to withhold grants under the regulations from a local education authority where no proposed arrangements by that authority have been approved by him under section 2; and

(b)when determining whether any grant (and, if so, what amount) should be paid by him under the regulations to a local education authority, to have regard to their proposed arrangements as so approved.

(3)Regulations under this section may provide—

(a)for the payment of grant under the regulations to be dependent on the fulfilment of such conditions as may be determined by or in accordance with the regulations, and

(b)for requiring local education authorities to whom payments have been made under the regulations to comply with such requirements as may be so determined.

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C3S. 3 modified (1.9.1998) (temp.) by S.I. 1998/1968, reg.2

4 Interpretation of Chapter I.E+W

In this Chapter—

  • class” means a group in which pupils are taught in an ordinary teaching session;

  • infant class” means a class containing pupils the majority of whom will attain the age of five, six or seven during the course of the school year;

  • ordinary teaching session” does not include a school assembly or other school activity usually conducted with large groups of pupils;

  • [F2school teacher” means a person who is a school teacher for the purposes of section 122 of the Education Act 2002 (determination of school teachers’ pay and conditions)]

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Amendments (Textual)

F2S. 4: Definition substituted (19.12.2002 for W. otherwise prosp.) for definition of "qualified teacher" by Education Act 2002 (c. 32), ss. 215(1), 216, Sch. 21 para. 88 (with ss. 210(8), 214(4)); S.I. 2002/3185, art. 4, Sch. Pt. 1

Chapter IIE+W+S+N.I. General responsibilities of local education authorities

Duty to promote high standards of educationE+W+S+N.I.

5 Duty of LEAs to promote high standards in primary and secondary education.E+W+S+N.I.

After section 13 of the M1Education Act 1996, there shall be inserted—

13A Duty to promote high standards in primary and secondary education.

(1)A local education authority shall ensure that their functions relating to the provision of education to which this section applies are (so far as they are capable of being so exercised) exercised by the authority with a view to promoting high standards.

(2)This section applies to education for—

(a)persons of compulsory school age (whether at school or otherwise); and

(b)persons of any age above or below that age who are registered as pupils at schools maintained by the authority;

and in subsection (1) “functions” means functions of whatever nature.

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Education development plansE+W+S+N.I.

6 Preparation of education development plans.E+W

(1)Every local education authority shall prepare an education development plan for their area, and shall prepare further such plans at such intervals as may be determined by or in accordance with regulations.

(2)An education development plan shall consist of—

(a)a statement of proposals, which sets out proposals by the authority for developing their provision of education for children in their area, whether by—

(i)raising the standards of education provided for such children (whether at schools maintained by the authority or otherwise than at school), or

(ii)improving the performance of such schools,

or otherwise; and

(b)annexes to that statement.

(3)In subsection (2) “children” means—

(a)persons of compulsory school age (whether at school or otherwise), or

(b)persons of any age above or below that age who are registered as pupils at schools maintained by the authority.

(4)The statement of proposals must—

(a)deal with such matters, and relate to such period, as may be determined by or in accordance with regulations, and

(b)be approved by the Secretary of State under section 7.

(5)The annexes to the statement—

(a)must contain such material as may be prescribed; and

(b)may contain such other material as the authority consider relevant to their proposals as set out in the statement.

(6)In preparing an education development plan the authority shall have regard, in particular, to the education of children (within the meaning of subsection (2)) who have special educational needs.

(7)In the course of preparing an education development plan the authority shall consult—

(a)the governing body and head teacher of every school maintained by the authority;

(b)the appropriate diocesan authority for any foundation or voluntary school in their area which is a Church of England, Church in Wales or Roman Catholic Church school; and

(c)such other persons as they consider appropriate.

(8)In its operation at any time before the appointed day (as defined by section 20(7)), subsection (7)(a) above shall be read as referring also to the governing body of every grant-maintained or grant-maintained special school situated in the authority’s area.

(9)In performing their functions under this section the authority shall have regard to any guidance given from time to time by the Secretary of State.

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Modifications etc. (not altering text)

C4S. 6(2)(a)(i)(3)(b) modified (12.1.1999) by S.I. 1998/3217, art.2

7 Approval, modification and review of statement of proposals.E+W+S+N.I.

(1)Where a local education authority have prepared an education development plan in accordance with section 6, they shall, by such date as may be determined by or in accordance with regulations, submit the plan to the Secretary of State for him to approve the authority’s statement of proposals under this section.

(2)The Secretary of State may in the case of any statement submitted to him under this section—

(a)approve the statement in any of the following ways, namely wholly or in part, for a limited period of time, or subject to conditions;

(b)require the authority to make such modifications to the statement as he may specify; or

(c)reject the statement.

(3)If the Secretary of State approves the statement—

(a)he shall notify the authority of his decision; and

(b)the authority shall implement the proposals set out in the statement, so far as approved by the Secretary of State, as from such date as he may determine.

(4)If the Secretary of State requires the authority to make modifications or rejects the statement—

(a)he shall notify the authority of his decision and of his reasons for it, and

(b)the authority shall prepare a revised statement and submit it to the Secretary of State for his approval under this section by such date as he may determine.

(5)Once the Secretary of State has approved an authority’s statement of proposals under subsection (2), he shall keep under review the authority’s proposals, as approved by him, and their implementation by the authority, and—

(a)where he is of the opinion that the statement should be modified (or further modified), he may withdraw his approval and require the authority to make such modifications to the statement as he may specify; and

(b)where he is of the opinion that the authority’s proposals are not being properly implemented by them, he may withdraw his approval for such period as he thinks fit.

(6)If under subsection (5) the Secretary of State withdraws his approval of a statement of proposals—

(a)he shall notify the authority of his decision and of his reasons for it; and

(b)in a case falling within paragraph (a) of that subsection, the authority shall prepare a revised statement and submit it to him for his approval under this section by such date as he may determine.

(7)Section 6 shall apply to the preparation of a revised statement under subsection (4)(b) or (6)(b) above, with such modifications (if any) as the Secretary of State may determine.

(8)At any time after the Secretary of State has approved an authority’s statement of proposals under subsection (2)—

(a)the authority may submit modifications to the statement to the Secretary of State for his approval,

(b)the Secretary of State may approve the modifications, whether in whole or in part, for a limited period of time, or subject to conditions, and

(c)if and to the extent that he approves those modifications, he shall notify the authority of his decision and—

(i)the statement shall have effect with the modifications, and

(ii)the authority shall implement their proposals as modified,

as from such date as he may determine.

(9)Once the Secretary of State has approved—

(a)an authority’s statement of proposals under subsection (2), or

(b)the modification of an authority’s statement of proposals under subsection (8),

the authority shall publish their education development plan (or their plan as so modified) in such manner and by such date as may be prescribed, and shall provide such persons as may be prescribed with copies of that plan or of a summary version of that plan.

(10)In section 484 of the M2Education Act 1996 (education standards grants) references to “eligible expenditure” include expenditure for or in connection with the implementation by local education authorities of their education development plans.

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Intervention by Secretary of StateE+W+S+N.I.

8 Reserve power of Secretary of State to secure proper performance of LEA’s functions.E+W+S+N.I.

After section 497 of the M3Education Act 1996 there shall be inserted—

497A Power to secure proper performance of LEA’s functions.

(1)This section applies to a local education authority’s functions (of whatever nature) which relate to the provision of education—

(a)for persons of compulsory school age (whether at school or otherwise), or

(b)for persons of any age above or below that age who are registered as pupils at schools maintained by the authority.

(2)If the Secretary of State is satisfied (either on a complaint by any person interested or otherwise) that a local education authority are failing in any respect to perform any function to which this section applies to an adequate standard (or at all), he may exercise his powers under subsection (3) or (4).

(3)The Secretary of State may under this subsection direct an officer of the authority to secure that that function is performed in such a way as to achieve such objectives as are specified in the direction.

(4)The Secretary of State may under this subsection give an officer of the authority such directions as the Secretary of State thinks expedient for the purpose of securing that the function—

(a)is performed, on behalf of the authority and at their expense, by such person as is specified in the direction, and

(b)is so performed in such a way as to achieve such objectives as are so specified;

and such directions may require that any contract or other arrangement made by the authority with that person contains such terms and conditions as may be so specified.

(5)Where the Secretary of State considers it expedient that the person specified in directions under subsection (4) should perform other functions to which this section applies in addition to the function to which subsection (2) applies, the directions under subsection (4) may relate to the performance of those other functions as well; and in considering whether it is expedient that that person should perform any such additional functions, the Secretary of State may have regard to financial considerations.

(6)Any direction under this section may either—

(a)have effect for an indefinite period until revoked by the Secretary of State, or

(b)have effect until any objectives specified in the direction have been achieved (as determined in accordance with the direction).

(7)Any direction given under subsection (3) or (4) shall be enforceable, on an application made on behalf of the Secretary of State, by an order of mandamus.

497B Power to secure proper performance: further provisions.

(1)Where the Secretary of State gives directions under section 497A(4) to an officer of a local education authority, the person specified in those directions shall, in the performance of the function or functions specified in the directions, be entitled to exercise the powers conferred by this section.

(2)The specified person shall have at all reasonable times—

(a)a right of entry to the premises of the authority, and

(b)a right to inspect, and take copies of, any records or other documents kept by the authority, and any other documents containing information relating to the authority, which he considers relevant to the performance of the specified function or functions.

(3)In exercising the right to inspect records or other documents under subsection (2), the specified person—

(a)shall be entitled at any reasonable time to have access to, and inspect and check the operation of, any computer and any associated apparatus or material which is or has been in use in connection with the records or other documents in question, and

(b)may require—

(i)the person by whom or on whose behalf the computer is or has been so used, or

(ii)any person having charge of, or otherwise concerned with the operation of, the computer, apparatus or material,

to afford him such assistance as he may reasonably require (including, in particular, the making of information available for inspection or copying in a legible form).

(4)Without prejudice to subsection (2), the authority shall give the specified person all assistance in connection with the performance of the specified function or functions which they are reasonably able to give.

(5)Subsection (2) shall apply in relation to any school maintained by the authority as it applies in relation to the authority; and without prejudice to that subsection (as it so applies)—

(a)the governing body of any such school shall give the specified person all assistance in connection with the exercise of his functions which they are reasonably able to give; and

(b)the governing body of any such school and the authority shall secure that all such assistance is also given by persons who work at the school.

(6)Any reference in this section to the specified person includes a reference to any person assisting him in the performance of the specified function or functions.

(7)In this section “document” and “records” each include information recorded in any form.

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Parent governor representatives on education committeesE+W+S+N.I.

9 Education committees to include representatives of parent governors.E+W+S+N.I.

At the end of section 499 of the M4Education Act 1996 (power of Secretary of State to direct appointment of members of education committees) there shall be added—

(6)Regulations may require—

(a)any such committee as is mentioned in subsection (1) or (3), and

(b)any sub-committee appointed by any authorities within subsection (1) or (3), or by any committee within paragraph (a) of this subsection, for the purpose mentioned in subsection (5)(b),

to include one or more persons elected, in accordance with the regulations, as representatives of parent governors at maintained schools in relation to which the committee or sub-committee acts.

(7)Regulations may make provision for—

(a)the number of persons who are to be elected for the purposes of subsection (6) in the case of any local education authority;

(b)the procedure to be followed in connection with the election of such persons and the persons who are entitled to vote at such an election;

(c)the circumstances in which persons are qualified or disqualified for being so elected or for holding office once elected;

(d)the term of office of persons so elected and their voting rights;

(e)the application to any such committee or sub-committee, with or without any modification, of any provision made by or under any other enactment and relating to committees or (as the case may be) sub-committees of a local authority;

(f)such other matters connected with such elections or persons so elected as the Secretary of State considers appropriate.

(8)Regulations may also make provision—

(a)enabling the Secretary of State to determine, where he considers it expedient to do so in view of the small number of maintained schools in relation to which a committee or sub-committee acts, that the requirement imposed on the committee or sub-committee by virtue of subsection (6) is to have effect as if it referred to representatives of parents of registered pupils (rather than representatives of parent governors) at those schools;

(b)for any regulations under subsection (7) to have effect, where the Secretary of State makes any such determination, with such modifications as may be prescribed.

(9)In subsections (6) and (8) “maintained school” and “parent governor” have the same meaning as in the School Standards and Framework Act 1998.

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Chapter IIIE+W Education action zones

10 Establishment of education action zones.E+W

(1)If the Secretary of State considers that it is expedient to do so with a view to improving standards in the provision of education at any particular [F3eligible schools] , he may by order provide for those schools to constitute collectively an education action zone for the purposes of this Chapter.

[F4(1A)For the purposes of subsection (1) “eligible school” means—

(a)a maintained school;

(b)a nursery school;

(c)a pupil referral unit; or

(d)an independent school.]

(2)An education action zone shall be established in the first instance for three years; but the Secretary of State may, by an order made before the end of that period, provide for the zone to continue in existence for a further two years.

(3)[F5At any time when an education action zone is in existence, the Secretary of State may by order vary the order establishing the zone by adding to the schools for the time being included in that order—

(a)any school in relation to which section 15 applies by virtue of subsection (1), (4) or (6) of that section; or

(b)with a view to enabling it to achieve improving standards in the provision of education once it becomes a maintained school, any new school which has a temporary governing body.]

(4)No order shall be made by the Secretary of State under subsection (1) [F6or (2)] except on an application made for the purpose with the consent of the governing body of every school which it is proposed should be a participating school.

(5)Any school which ceases to be a participating school by virtue of subsection (2) may nevertheless be included in a further order under subsection (1).

(6)In this Chapter—

[F7(a)references to a governing body—

(i)in relation to an independent school (other than an Academy, city technology college or city college for the technology of the arts), are to the proprietor of the school, and

(ii)in relation to a new school, include the temporary governing body of the school;

(b)participating school”, in relation to an education action zone, means one of the schools that—

(i)for the time being is included in the order under subsection (1), or

(ii)has been added to the zone by virtue of section 11B,

other than a school that has been removed from the zone in accordance with section 11C;

(c)pupil referral unit” has the same meaning as in section 19 of the Education Act 1996 (c. 56);

(d)new school” has the meaning given in section 72(3).]

(7)[F8In this section “new school” has the meaning given by section 72(3).]

(8)Unless the Secretary of State by order otherwise provides, nothing in this Chapter applies in relation to Wales.

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Amendments (Textual)

F3Words in s. 10(1) substituted (1.10.2002 for E. otherwise prosp.) by Education Act 2002 (c. 32), ss. 187, 216, Sch. 15 para. 2(1) (with ss. 210(8), 214(4)); S.I. 2002/2439, art. 3 (with Sch.)

F4S. 10(1A) inserted (1.10.2002 for E. (except for the purposes of inserting s. 10(1A)(b)) and otherwise prosp.) by Education Act 2002 (c. 32), ss. 187, 216, Sch. 15 para. 2(2) (with ss. 210(8), 214(4)); S.I. 2002/2439, art. 3 (with Sch.)

F6Words in s. 10(4) substituted (1.10.2002 for E otherwise prosp.) by Education Act 2002 (c. 32), ss. 187, 216, Sch. 15 para. 2(4) (with ss. 210(8), 214(4)); S.I. 2002/2439, art. 3 (with Sch.)

F7S. 10(6)(a)-(d) substituted for s. 10(6)(a)(b) (1.10.2002 for E. otherwise prosp.) by Education Act 2002 (c. 32), ss. 187, 216, Sch. 15 para. 2(5) (with ss. 210(8), 214(4)); S.I. 2002/2439, art. 3 (with Sch.)

Modifications etc. (not altering text)

C5s. 10(1) modified (temp.) (4.8.1998) by S.I. 1998/1878, reg. 2

C6S. 10(6)(a)(i) modified (temp.) (1.10.2002 for E. otherwise prosp.) by Education Act 2002 (c. 32), ss. 187, 216, Sch. 15 para. 8(3) (with ss. 210(8), 214(4)); S.I. 2002/2439, art. 3 (with Sch.)

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(1)An order establishing an education action zone under section 10(1) shall provide for the establishment of an Education Action Forum for the zone.

(2)An Education Action Forum shall be a body corporate [F9and shall be constituted in accordance with the order under section 10(1) by which it is established] .

(3)[F10The order shall require the members of an Education Action Forum to include—

(a)one person appointed by the governing body of each of the participating schools, unless the governing body of any such school choose not to make such an appointment; and

(b)either one or two persons appointed by the Secretary of State.]

(4)Schedule 1 has effect in relation to an Education Action Forum.

(5)The Forum established for an education action zone shall be dissolved by order of the Secretary of State with effect from the time when the zone ceases to exist in accordance with section 10(2).

(6)An order under subsection (5) may make provision for the transfer of property, staff, rights and liabilities of the Forum and for the preparation of a final statement of accounts.

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F9Words in s. 11(2) repealed (1.10.2002 for E. otherwise prosp.) by Education Act 2002 (c. 32), ss. 187, 215(2), 216, Sch. 15 para. 3(a), Sch. 22 Pt. 3 (with ss. 210(8), 214(4)); S.I. 2002/2439, art. 3 (with Sch.)

Modifications etc. (not altering text)

C7S. 11 extended (10.3.1999) by S.I. 1999/362, reg. 2(4).

[F1111A Constitution of Education Action ForumE+W

(1)The members of an Education Action Forum must include—

(a)one person appointed by the governing body of each of the participating schools, unless the governing body of any such school choose not to make such an appointment, and

(b)one or two persons appointed by the Secretary of State, unless he chooses not to make such appointments.

(2)Subject to that, an Education Action Forum—

(a)shall initially be constituted in accordance with the order under section 10(1), and

(b)may subsequently alter its membership (as set out in that order or as previously altered under this paragraph).

(3)In subsection (2) the references to altering the Forum’s membership include—

(a)altering the number of members, and

(b)altering who may appoint members.

(4)An alteration may be made under subsection (2)(b) only if it is made—

(a)in accordance with any procedural requirements specified for the purposes of this section in regulations under Schedule 1, and

(b)with the consent of the Secretary of State.]

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F11S. 11A inserted (1.10.2002 for E. otherwise prosp.) by Education Act 2002 (c. 32) ss. 187, 216, {Sch. 15 para. 4} (with ss. 210(8), 214(4)); S.I. 2002/2439, art. 3 (with Sch.)

Modifications etc. (not altering text)

C8S. 11A modified (1.10.2002 for E. otherwise prosp.) by Education Act 2002 (c. 32), ss. 187, 216, Sch. 15 para. 8(4) (with ss.210(8), 214(4)); S.I. 2002/2439, art. 3 (with Sch.)

[F1211B Expansion of zoneE+W

(1)An Education Action Forum established for an education action zone may add—

(a)any eligible school (within the meaning of section 10(1A)), or

(b)any new school which has a temporary governing body,

to the zone.

(2)But a school may be added under this section only if it is added—

(a)in accordance with any procedural requirements specified for the purposes of this section in regulations under Schedule 1, and

(b)with the consent of the governing body of the school and of the Secretary of State.

(3)For the purposes of this section references to a school being added to an education action zone are to it becoming one of the schools which constitute collectively the zone.

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F12Ss. 11B, 11C inserted (1.10.2002 for E. otherwise prosp.) by Education Act 2002 (c. 32), ss. 187, 216, Sch. 15 para. 5 (with ss. 210(8), 214(4)); S.I. 2002/2439, art. 3 (with Sch.)

11C Removal from zoneE+W

(1)An Education Action Forum established for an education action zone may remove a participating school from the zone.

(2)But a school may be removed under this section only if it is removed—

(a)in accordance with any procedural requirements specified for the purposes of this section in regulations under Schedule 1, and

(b)with the consent of the Secretary of State.

(3)For the purposes of this section references to a school being removed from an education action zone are to it ceasing to be one of the schools which constitute collectively the zone.]

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F12Ss. 11B, 11C inserted (1.10.2002 for E. otherwise prosp.) by Education Act 2002 (c. 32), ss. 187, 216, Sch. 15 para. 5 (with ss. 210(8), 214(4)); S.I. 2002/2439, art. 3 (with Sch.)

[F1311D Information relating to a Forum and its zoneE+W

(1)An Education Action Forum established for an education action zone must provide the Secretary of State with details of—

(a)any alteration made to its constitution under section 11A(2)(b),

(b)any addition of a school to the zone under section 11B, and

(c)any removal of a school from the zone under section 11C.

(2)The Forum must also, on a request being made by any person, provide him with—

(a)the name of each member of the Forum and of the person or body that appointed him,

(b)the name of any other person or body entitled to appoint a member, and

(c)the name of each participating school in relation to the zone.

(3)But the duty under subsection (2) is subject, in such circumstances as the Forum may determine, to the payment by the person concerned of a reasonable fee determined by the Forum.]

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F13S. 11D inserted (1.10.2002 for E. otherwise prosp.) by Education Act 2002 (c. 32), ss. 187, 216, Sch. 15 para. 6 (with ss. 210(8), 214(4)); S.I. 2002/2439, art. 3 (with Sch.)

12 Functions of Education Action Forum.E+W

(1)An Education Action Forum shall have as its main object the improvement of standards in the provision of education at each of the participating schools.

[F14(1A)With the consent of the Secretary of State, a Forum may also carry on any other activities which it considers will promote the provision of, or access to, education whether in a participating school or otherwise.]

(2)A Forum may, under arrangements made by the governing body of a participating school in respect of any prescribed function of that body relating to the conduct of the school, either—

(a)discharge that function on behalf of the governing body until such time as they may specify in a request to the Forum to cease discharging the function on their behalf; or

(b)assume full responsibility for the discharge of that function during the whole of the period for which the Forum remains in existence.

(3)Regulations may make provision—

(a)as to the circumstances in which the governing body of a participating school may make arrangements under subsection (2);

(b)for the procedure to be followed by such a governing body in connection with the making of any such arrangements;

(c)for the procedure to be followed by an Education Action Forum when discharging any function by virtue of that subsection;

(d)for statutory provisions relating to governing bodies of maintained schools to apply, with any prescribed modifications, to an Education Action Forum when discharging any function by virtue of paragraph (b) of that subsection.

(4)Regulations may, in relation to the discharge by an Education Action Forum of any function of a governing body under sections 54 and 57(1) to (3), Schedule 16 or paragraph 27 of Schedule 17, make any such provision as may be made by an order under section 81 (application of employment law during financial delegation).

(5)The Secretary of State may by a direction provide for any scheme under Chapter IV of Part II of this Act which relates to a participating school to have effect with such modifications as he considers appropriate in a case where an Education Action Forum is discharging any function in relation to the school by virtue of subsection (2)(b).

(6)Before giving a direction under subsection (5) the Secretary of State shall consult the local education authority.

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Amendments (Textual)

F14S. 12(1A) inserted (1.10.2002 for E. otherwise prosp. ) by Education Act 2002 (c. 32), 187, 216, {Sch. 15 para. 7} (with ss. 210(8), 214(4)); S.I. 2002/2439, art. 3 (with Sch.)

13 Disapplication of pay and conditions order in relation to teachers at participating schools.E+W

[F15For section 3 of the M5School Teachers’ Pay and Conditions Act 1991 there shall be substituted—

3 Special provisions as to schools in education action zones.

(1)A pay and conditions order shall not apply to the statutory conditions of employment of the school teachers in a participating school the governing body of which—

(a)have, by notice to the Secretary of State, made an application for exemption; and

(b)pursuant to that application are for the time being exempted from subsections (6) and (7) of section 2 above by virtue of an order under subsection (4) below.

(2)Before making an application under subsection (1) above, the governing body of the participating school concerned shall consult the school teachers employed at the school with respect to the proposed application.

(3)A notice of application under subsection (1) above shall specify a date, at least three months after the date of the notice, with effect from which the governing body of the participating school concerned intend to make their own provision as to the statutory conditions of employment of the school teachers employed at the school.

(4)On receipt of a notice of application under subsection (1) above the Secretary of State may, by statutory instrument, make an order—

(a)naming the school; and

(b)specifying, as the date with effect from which, by virtue of the order, subsections (6) and (7) of section 2 above are not to apply, the date specified in the notice of application or such other date as may be agreed between the governing body and the Secretary of State.

(5)Where by virtue of an order under subsection (4) above a pay and conditions order ceases to apply in relation to any school, the statutory conditions of employment of the school teachers employed at the school shall be—

(a)such as may be determined by the governing body, or

(b)so far as the governing body have not made any determination with respect to any such conditions of employment, those having effect under the order immediately before it ceased to apply;

and (so far as necessary) the local education authority shall give effect to any such determination of the governing body.

(6)In this section “participating school” means one of the schools for the time being included in an order under section 10(1) of the School Standards and Framework Act 1998 establishing an education action zone.]

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Amendments (Textual)

F15S. 13 ceased to have effect (1.10.2002 for E. and otherwise prosp.) by virtue of Education Act 2002 (c. 32), ss. 215(1), 216, Sch. 21 para. 91 (with ss. 210(8), 214(4)); S.I. 2002/2439, art. 3 (with Sch.); S. 13 repealed (prosp) by Education Act 2002 (c. 32), ss. 215(2), 216, Sch. 22 Pt. 1 (with ss. 210(8), 214(4))

Modifications etc. (not altering text)

C9S. 13 excluded (1.9.1998) (temp.) by S.I. 1998/2115, reg.3

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Chapter IVE+W Intervention in schools causing concern

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Modifications etc. (not altering text)

C10Pt. 1 Chapter 4: Power to modify conferred (prosp.) by Education Act 2002 (c. 32), ss. 25, 216 (with ss. 210(8), 214(4))

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14 Powers of intervention exercisable by LEAs.E+W

(1)If at any time section 15 applies to a maintained school by virtue of any of the following provisions of that section, namely—

(a)subsection (1) (school subject to formal warning),

(b)subsection (4) (school with serious weaknesses), or

(c)subsection (6) (school requiring special measures),

the provisions mentioned in subsection (2) below (which confer powers of intervention on local education authorities) shall also apply to the school at that time unless excluded by subsection (3) below (intervention by Secretary of State).

(2)Those provisions are—

(a)section 16 (power to appoint additional governors);

[F16(aa)section 16A (power to provide for governing body to consist of interim executive members);]

and

(b)section 17 (power to suspend right to delegated budget).

[F17(3)Those provisions shall not apply to a school to which section 15 applies by virtue of subsection (4) or (6) of that section (school with serious weaknesses or requiring special measures) if, in connection with the same inspection falling within subsection (4)(a) or (6)(a) of that section—

(a)the Secretary of State has exercised in relation to the school his power under section 18 (power to appoint additional governors) and any additional governors appointed in the exercise of that power remain in office; or

(b)he has exercised in relation to the school his power under section 19 (power to direct closure of school).]

(4)In this Chapter—

(a)“Chief Inspector” and “member of the Inspectorate”, and

(b)references to special measures being, or not being, required to be taken in relation to a school,

have the same meaning as in the M6School Inspections Act 1996.

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F16S. 14(2)(aa) inserted (2.9.2002 for E. otherwise prosp.) by Education Act 2002 (c. 32), ss. 57(1), 216 (with ss. 210(8), 214(4)); S.I. 2002/2002, art. 4

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15 Cases where LEA may exercise powers of intervention.E+W

(1)This section applies to a maintained school by virtue of this subsection if—

(a)the local education authority have—

(i)given the governing body a warning notice in accordance with subsection (2), and

(ii)given the head teacher of the school a copy of the notice at the same time as the notice was given to the governing body;

(b)the governing body have failed to comply, or secure compliance, with the notice to the authority’s satisfaction within the compliance period; and

(c)the authority have given reasonable notice in writing to the governing body that they propose to exercise their powers under either or both of sections 16 and 17 (whether or not the notice is combined with a notice under section 62(3)(c)).

(2)A local education authority may give a warning notice to the governing body of a maintained school where—

(a)the authority are satisfied—

(i)that the standards of performance of pupils at the school are unacceptably low and are likely to remain so unless the authority exercise their powers under either or both of sections 16 and 17, or

(ii)that there has been a serious breakdown in the way the school is managed or governed which is prejudicing, or likely to prejudice, such standards of performance, or

(iii)that the safety of pupils or staff of the school is threatened (whether by a breakdown of discipline or otherwise); and

(b)the authority have previously informed the governing body and the head teacher of the matters on which that conclusion is based; and

(c)those matters have not been remedied to the authority’s satisfaction within a reasonable period.

(3)For the purposes of subsections (1) and (2) a “warning notice” is a notice in writing by the local education authority setting out—

(a)the matters referred to in subsection (2)(b);

(b)the action which they require the governing body to take in order to remedy those matters; and

(c)the period within which that action is to be taken by the governing body (“the compliance period”).

[F18(4)This section applies to a maintained school by virtue of this subsection if—

(a)following an inspection of the school under Part 1 of the School Inspections Act 1996, the Chief Inspector has given the Secretary of State a notice under subsection (2) of section 16A of that Act in a case falling within subsection (1)(a) or (b) of that section (schools having serious weaknesses), and

(b)where any subsequent inspection of the school has been made under Part 1 of that Act, the notice has not been superseded by—

(i)the person making the subsequent inspection making a report stating that in his opinion the school no longer has serious weaknesses, or

(ii)the Chief Inspector giving the Secretary of State a notice under subsection (2) of section 16A of that Act in a case falling within subsection (1)(c) of that section (schools requiring special measures).]

(5)For the purposes of subsection (4) a school has serious weaknesses if, although giving its pupils in general an acceptable standard of education, it has significant weaknesses in one or more areas of its activities.

[F19(6)This section applies to a maintained school by virtue of this subsection if—

(a)following an inspection of the school under Part 1 of the School Inspections Act 1996, the Chief Inspector has given the Secretary of State a notice under subsection (2) of section 16A of that Act in a case falling within subsection (1)(c) of that section (schools requiring special measures), and

(b)where any subsequent report of an inspection of the school has been made under Part 1 of that Act, the person making it did not state that in his opinion special measures were not required to be taken in relation to the school.]

[F20(7)For the purposes of this section a report of an inspection under section 65 or 83 of the Learning and Skills Act 2000 shall be treated as a report of an inspection under Part I of the School Inspections Act 1996.]

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F18S. 15(4) substituted (2.9.2002 for E. and 19.12.2002 for W.) by Education Act 2002 (c. 32), ss. 55(1), 216 (with ss. 210(8), 214(4)); S.I. 2002/2002, art. 4; S.I. 2002/3185, art. 4, Sch. Pt. 1

F19S. 15(6) substituted (2.9.2002 for E. and 19.12.2002 for W.) by Education Act 2002 (c. 32), ss. 55(2), 216 (with ss. 210(8), 214(4)); S.I. 2002/2002, art. 4; S.I. 2002/3185, art. 4, Sch. Pt. 1

F20S. 15(7) inserted (28.7.2000 for specified purposes and otherwise 1.4.2001) by 2000 c. 21, s. 149, Sch. 9 para. 78; S.I. 2001/654, art. 2, Sch. Pt. II (with art. 3); S.I. 2001/1274, art. 2, Sch. Pt. I

Modifications etc. (not altering text)

C14S. 15(4) modified (E.) (2.9.2002) by The Education Act 2002 (Transitional Provisions etc.) (England) Regulations 2002 (S.I. 2002/2113 ), {reg. 4(a)}

S. 15(4) modified (W.) (19.12.2002) by The Education Act 2002 (Transitional Provisions) (Wales) Regulations 2002 (S.I. 2002/3184), reg. 3(a)

16 Power of LEA to appoint additional governors.E+W

(1)If at any time this section applies to a maintained school in accordance with section 14(1), then (subject to subsections (2) and (3)) the local education authority may appoint such number of additional governors as they think fit.

(2)Where this section so applies in the case of a school falling within section 15(1) (school subject to formal warning), the power conferred by subsection (1) above is only exercisable within the period of two months following the end of the compliance period.

[F21(3)Where this section so applies in the case of a school falling within section 15(4)(school with serious weaknesses) or section 15(6)(school requiring special measures), the power conferred by subsection (1) above is exercisable only if the following conditions are satisfied, namely—

(a)the Secretary of State has given the local education authority a notice under section 16A(3) of the School Inspections Act 1996, and

(b)a period of not less than ten days has elapsed since the date of the notice.]

(4)F22. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

(5)In relation to any appointment made by the local education authority by virtue of subsection (1) to the governing body of a school, the instrument of government for the school shall have effect as if (despite anything in Part II of Schedule 9) it provided for the local education authority to appoint such number of additional governors as they think fit.

(6)If at any time—

(a)this section applies to a voluntary aided school other than one falling within [F23section 15(4) or (6)] , and

(b)the local education authority have exercised their power to appoint additional governors under subsection (1),

the appropriate appointing authority may appoint such number of additional foundation governors as is equal to the number of additional governors appointed by the authority.

(7)Any additional foundation governors appointed under subsection (6)—

(a)shall cease to hold office at the time when the additional governors appointed by the authority cease to do so; and

(b)shall not be eligible for re-appointment except where, and to the extent that, those governors are re-appointed.

(8)If—

(a)at any time this section applies to a voluntary aided school falling within [F24section 15(4) or (6)] , and

[F25(b)paragraph (a) of section 14(3) does not apply in connection with the same inspection falling within subsection (4)(a) or (6)(a) of section 15,]

the appropriate appointing authority may (subject to subsection (9)) appoint such number of additional foundation governors as they think fit.

[F26(9)The power conferred by subsection (8) is only exercisable if the following conditions are satisfied, namely—

(a)the appropriate appointing authority have received a notice in writing from the Secretary of State informing them that he has received from the Chief Inspector a notice under section 16A(2) of the School Inspections Act 1996, and

(b)a period of not less than ten days has elapsed since the date of the notice from the Secretary of State.]

(10)In the case of any appointment made by virtue of subsection (6) or (8) to the governing body of a school, the instrument of government for the school shall have effect as if (despite paragraph 14 of Schedule 9) the instrument provided for the appropriate appointing authority to appoint such number of additional foundation governors as they are authorised to appoint under subsection (6) or (8) (as the case may be).

(11)Subject to subsection (12), references in this section to the appropriate appointing authority in relation to any voluntary aided school are references—

(a)to the appropriate diocesan authority, if it is a Church of England school, Church in Wales school or Roman Catholic Church school; or

(b)in any other case, to the person or persons by whom the foundation governors are appointed.

(12)Where, in the case of any voluntary aided school not falling within subsection (11)(a), there are different powers to appoint foundation governors, references in this section to the appropriate appointing authority are references—

(a)to all those persons who have any such power acting jointly, or

(b)if they are unable to agree, to such of them acting jointly, or such one of them, as the Secretary of State may, after consulting all those persons, determine.

[F27(12A)The Secretary of State may in respect of any particular school determine that subsections (3)(b) and (9)(b) shall have effect as if the reference to ten days were to such shorter period as he may determine.]

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Amendments (Textual)

F23Words in s. 16(6)(a) substituted (2.9.2002 for E. and 19.12.2002 for W.) by Education Act 2002 (c. 32), ss. 56(3), 216, Sch. 5 para. 2(4) (with ss. 210(8), 214(4)); S.I. 2002/2002, art. 4; S.I. 2002/3185, art. 4, Sch. Pt. 1

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I1S. 16 wholly in force at 1.9.1999; s. 16 not in force at Royal Assent see s. 145(3); s. 16(1)-(5) and (13) in force at 1.10.1998 by S.I. 1998/2212, art. 2, Sch. 1 Pt. I; s. 16 in force at 1.9.1999 in so far as not already in force by S.I. 1999/2323, art. 2(1), Sch. 1 (with arts. 3-5, Schs. 5-7).

[F2916A Power of LEA to provide for governing body to consist of interim executive membersE+W

(1)If at any time this section applies to a maintained school in accordance with section 14(1), then (subject to subsections (2) and (3)) the local education authority may, with the consent of the Secretary of State, give the governing body a notice in writing stating that, as from a date specified in the notice, the governing body are to be constituted in accordance with Schedule 1A (governing bodies consisting of interim executive members).

(2)Where this section so applies in the case of a school falling within section 15(4)(school with serious weaknesses) or section 15(6)(school requiring special measures), the power conferred by subsection (1) above is exercisable only if the following conditions are satisfied, namely—

(a)the Secretary of State has given the local education authority a notice under section 16A(3) of the School Inspections Act 1996, and

(b)a period of not less than ten days has elapsed since the date of the notice.

(3)The Secretary of State may in respect of any particular school determine that subsection (2)(b) shall have effect as if the reference to ten days were to such shorter period as he may determine.

(4)Before exercising the power conferred by subsection (1), the local education authority shall consult—

(a)the governing body of the school,

(b)in the case of a foundation or voluntary school which is a Church of England school, a Church in Wales school or a Roman Catholic Church school, the appropriate diocesan authority, and

(c)in the case of any other foundation or voluntary school, the person or persons by whom the foundation governors are appointed.]

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F29S. 16A inserted (2.9.2002 for E. otherwise prosp.) by Education Act 2002 (c. 32), ss. 57(2), 216 (with ss. 210(8), 214(4)); S.I. 2002/2002, art. 4

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17 Power of LEA to suspend right to delegated budget.E+W

(1)If at any time—

(a)this section applies to a maintained school in accordance with section 14(1), and

(b)the school has a delegated budget within the meaning of Part II of this Act,

then (subject to subsections (2) and (3)) the local education authority may, by giving the governing body of the school notice in writing of the suspension, suspend the governing body’s right to a delegated budget with effect from the receipt of the notice by the governing body.

(2)Where this section so applies in the case of a school falling within section 15(1) (school subject to formal warning), the power conferred by subsection (1) above is only exercisable within the period of two months following the end of the compliance period.

[F30(3)Where this section so applies in the case of a school falling within section 15(4)(school with serious weaknesses) or section 15(6)(school requiring special measures), the power conferred by subsection (1) above is exercisable only if the following conditions are satisfied, namely—

(a)the Secretary of State has given the local education authority a notice under section 16A(3) of the School Inspections Act 1996, and

(b)a period of not less than ten days has elapsed since the date on which the copy was given.]

(4)The Secretary of State may in respect of any particular school determine that [F31subsection (3)(b)] shall have effect as if the reference to ten days were to such shorter period as he may determine.

(5)A copy of a notice given under subsection (1) shall be given to the head teacher of the school at the same time as the notice is given to the governing body.

(6)A suspension imposed under this section shall have effect for the purposes of Chapter IV of Part II of this Act as if made under paragraph 1 of Schedule 15 to this Act, but there shall be no right of appeal under paragraph 3 of that Schedule against such a suspension.

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F31Words in s. 17(4) substituted (2.9.2002 for E. and 19.12.2002 for W. ) by Education Act 2002 (c. 32), ss. 56(3), 216, Sch. 5 para. 3(3) (with ss. 210(8), 214(4)); S.I. 2002/2002, art. 4; S.I. 2002/3185, art. 4, Sch. Pt. 1

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18 Power of Secretary of State to appoint additional governors.E+W

[F32(1)If at any time section 15 applies to a maintained school by virtue of either of the following provisions of that section, namely—

(a)subsection (4)(school with serious weaknesses), or

(b)subsection (6)(school requiring special measures),

the Secretary of State may appoint such number of additional governors as he thinks fit; and he may nominate one of those governors to be the chairman of the governing body in place of any person who has been elected as chairman of that body.]

(2)Before making any such appointment in relation to a voluntary aided school, the Secretary of State shall consult—

(a)in the case of a Church of England school, a Church in Wales school or a Roman Catholic Church school, the appropriate diocesan authority; or

(b)in any other case, the person who appoints the foundation governors.

(3)A governor appointed under this section—

(a)shall hold office as governor for such term, and

(b)if nominated as chairman of the governing body, shall be chairman of that body for such period,

as the Secretary of State may determine.

(4)The Secretary of State may pay to any governor appointed under this section such remuneration and allowances as the Secretary of State may determine.

(5)In relation to any appointment made by the Secretary of State by virtue of subsection (1) to the governing body of a school, the instrument of government for the school shall have effect as if (despite anything in Part II of Schedule 9) it provided for the Secretary of State to appoint such number of additional governors as he thinks fit.

(6)Where the Secretary of State has exercised his power under this section in relation to a school, then—

(a)in any such case—

(i)the local education authority may not exercise their power under paragraph 1 of Schedule 15 to suspend the governing body’s right to a delegated budget, and

(ii)if they have already exercised that power or their power under section 17(1), the Secretary of State shall, if requested to do so by the governing body, revoke the suspension; and

(b)in the case of a voluntary aided school, nothing in paragraph 14 of Schedule 9 shall be read as authorising the appointment of foundation governors for the purpose of outnumbering the other governors as augmented by those appointed by the Secretary of State under this section.

(7)The revocation of a suspension under subsection (6)(a) shall—

(a)be notified to the local education authority in writing; and

(b)take effect from such date as is specified in that notification.

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Amendments (Textual)

F32S. 18(1) substituted (2.9.2002 for E. and 19.12.2002 for W.) by Education Act 2002 (c. 32), ss. 56(1), 216 (with ss. 210(8), 214(4)); S.I. 2002/2002, art. 4; S.I. 2002/3185, art. 4, Sch. Pt. 1

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[F3318A Power of Secretary of State to provide for governing body to consist of interim executive membersE+W

(1)If at any time section 15 applies to a maintained school by virtue of either of the following provisions of that section, namely—

(a)subsection (4)(school with serious weaknesses), or

(b)subsection (6)(school requiring special measures),

the Secretary of State may give the governing body a notice in writing stating that, as from the date specified in the notice, the governing body are to be constituted in accordance with Schedule 1A (governing bodies consisting of interim executive members).

(2)Before exercising the power conferred by subsection (1), the Secretary of State shall consult—

(a)the local education authority,

(b)the governing body of the school,

(c)in the case of a foundation or voluntary school which is a Church of England school, a Church in Wales school or a Roman Catholic Church school, the appropriate diocesan authority, and

(d)in the case of any other foundation or voluntary school, the person or persons by whom the foundation governors are appointed.

(3)The Secretary of State is not obliged to consult the persons mentioned in subsection (2)(b), (c) and (d) if the local education authority have consulted them under subsection (4) of section 16A in relation to a proposed notice under subsection (1) of that section.]

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Amendments (Textual)

F33S. 18A inserted (2.9.2002 for E. otherwise prosp.) by Education Act 2002 (c. 32), ss. 58, 216 (with ss. 210(8), 214(4)); S.I. 2002/2002, art. 4

Modifications etc. (not altering text)

19 Power of Secretary of State to direct closure of school.E+W

[F34(1)If at any time section 15 applies to a maintained school by virtue of either of the following provisions of that section, namely—

(a)subsection (4)(school with serious weaknesses), or

(b)subsection (6)(school requiring special measures),

the Secretary of State may give a direction to the local education authority requiring the school to be discontinued on a date specified in the direction.]

(2)Before giving a direction under subsection (1), the Secretary of State shall consult—

(a)the local education authority and the governing body of the school;

(b)in the case of a foundation or voluntary school which is a Church of England school, a Church in Wales school or a Roman Catholic Church school, the appropriate diocesan authority;

(c)in the case of any other foundation or voluntary school, the person who appoints the foundation governors;

[F35(ca)in the case of a school which provides education suitable to the requirements of persons over compulsory school age, the Learning and Skills Council for England (if the school is in England) or the National Council for Education and Training for Wales (if the school is in Wales) and;]

(d)such other persons as the Secretary of State considers appropriate.

(3)On giving a direction under subsection (1) the Secretary of State shall give notice in writing of the direction to the governing body of the school and its head teacher.

(4)Where the local education authority are given a direction under subsection (1), they shall discontinue the school in question on the date specified in the direction; and nothing in sections 29 to 33 shall apply to their discontinuance of the school under this section.

(5)In this section any reference to the discontinuance of a maintained school is to the local education authority ceasing to maintain it.

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F34S. 19(1) substituted (2.9.2002 for E. and 19.12.2002 for W.) by Education Act 2002 (c. 32), ss. 56(2), 216 (with ss. 210(8), 214(4)); S.I. 2002/2002, art. 4; S.I. 2002/3185, art. 4, Sch. Pt. 1

F35S. 19(2)(ca) inserted (28.7.2000 for specified purposes and otherwise 1.4.2001) by 2000 c. 21, s. 149, Sch. 9 para. 79; S.I. 2001/654, art. 2, Sch. Pt. II (with art. 3); S.I. 2001/1274, art. 2, Sch. Pt. I

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[F36Governing bodies consisting of interim executive membersE+W

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Amendments (Textual)

F36S. 19A and Cross-heading inserted (2.9.2002 for E. otherwise prosp.) by Education Act 2002 (c. 32), ss. 59(1), 216 (with ss. 210(8), 214(4)); S.I. 2002/2002, art. 4

[F3719A Governing bodies consisting of interim executive membersE+W

The provisions of Schedule 1A shall have effect in relation to any school in respect of which a notice has been given—

(a)under section 16A(1), by the local education authority, or

(b) under section 18A(1), by the Secretary of State.]]

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F37S. 19A and Cross-heading inserted (2.9.2002 for E. otherwise prosp.) by Education Act 2002 (c. 32), ss. 59(1), 216 (with ss. 210(8), 214(4)); S.I. 2002/2002, art. 4

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Part IIE+W New framework for maintained schools

Chapter IE+W Introductory

The new categories of schoolsE+W

20 New categories of maintained schools.E+W

(1)Schools maintained by local education authorities on or after the appointed day shall be divided into the following categories—

(a)community schools;

(b)foundation schools;

(c)voluntary schools, comprising—

(i)voluntary aided schools, and

(ii)voluntary controlled schools;

(d)community special schools; and

(e)foundation special schools.

(2)A school maintained by a local education authority is a school falling within one of the categories set out in subsection (1) if—

(a)it became a school of that category on the appointed day in accordance with Schedule 2 (and has not changed its category under Schedule 8); or

(b)it was established as a school of that category under [F38any enactment](and has not changed its category under Schedule 8); or

(c)it has become a school of that category in accordance with Schedule 8.

(3)Schedule 2 makes provision for, and in connection with, the allocation to the categories set out in subsection (1) of schools which immediately before the appointed day were (within the meaning of the M7Education Act 1996)—

(a)county, voluntary or maintained special schools, or

(b)grant-maintained or grant-maintained special schools.

(4)As from the appointed day a local education authority shall maintain (as a school falling within one of those categories)—

(a)any school within subsection (3)(a) which was maintained by the authority immediately before that day; and

(b)(subject to subsection (5)) any school within subsection (3)(b) which immediately before that day was situated within the authority’s area.

(5)Where a grant-maintained school within subsection (3)(b)—

(a)was, immediately before becoming such a school, maintained by a local education authority (“the former maintaining authority”) other than the one within whose area it was then situated, and

(b)remains outside the area of the former maintaining authority immediately before the appointed day,

nevertheless, if an order made by the Secretary of State before that day so provides, as from that day the school shall be maintained (as a school falling within one of the categories set out in subsection (1)) by the former maintaining authority rather than the authority in whose area it is situated on that day.

(6)In this section “school” means a primary, secondary or special school, including a nursery school which is a special school but excluding—

(a)a nursery school which is not a special school; and

(b)a pupil referral unit.

(7)In this Act—

  • the appointed day” (except in Part I of Schedule 32) means such day as may be appointed for the purposes of this section by an order made by the Secretary of State;

  • maintained school” means (unless the context otherwise requires) a community, foundation or voluntary school or a community or foundation special school.

(8)Any reference in this Act to the categories set out in subsection (1) or to any such category is to be read, in its application to voluntary schools, as (or as including) a reference to the sub-categories set out in subsection (1)(c)(i) and (ii) or to any such sub-category.

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P1S. 20: power conferred by s. 20(7) exercised: 1.9.1999 appointed by S.I. 1998/2083, art. 2

Amendments (Textual)

F38Words in s. 20 substituted (19.12.2002 for W. otherwise prosp.) by Education Act 2002 (c. 32), ss. 215(1), 216, Sch. 21 para. 95 (with ss. 210(8), 214(4)); S.I. 2002/3185, art. 4, Sch. Pt. 1

Modifications etc. (not altering text)

C23S. 20 extended (1.4.1999) by S.I. 1999/704, reg. 2(4).

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21 Kinds of foundation and voluntary schools and types of foundations.E+W

(1)There may be three kinds of foundation school—

(a)those having a foundation established otherwise than under this Act;

(b)those belonging to a group of schools for which a foundation body acts under this section; and

(c)those not falling within either of paragraphs (a) and (b).

(2)There may be three kinds of voluntary controlled or voluntary aided school—

(a)those having a foundation established otherwise than under this Act;

(b)those belonging to a group of schools for which a foundation body acts under this section; and

(c)those not falling within either of paragraphs (a) and (b) but having been either of the following immediately before the appointed day, namely—

(i)a voluntary school, or

(ii)a grant-maintained school that was a voluntary school immediately before becoming grant-maintained,

within the meaning of the M8Education Act 1996.

(3)For the purposes of this Act—

(a)foundation”, in relation to a foundation or voluntary school, means—

(i)any body of persons (whether incorporated or not but excluding the governing body) which holds land on trust for the purposes of the school, or

(ii)a foundation body;

(b)a school “has” a foundation if—

(i)such a body of persons exists for holding land on trust for the purposes of the school, or

(ii)the school belongs to a group of schools for which a foundation body acts under this section; and

(c)references to land or other property held on trust, or by trustees, for the purposes of a school include references to land or other property which—

(i)is held on trust for purposes which (whether the trust deed expressly so provides or not) include the purposes of the school, and

(ii)is used for the purposes of the school.

(4)For the purposes of this Act—

(a)foundation body” means a body corporate established under this section to perform, in relation to three or more schools each of which is either a foundation or a voluntary school, the following functions, namely—

(i)to hold property of those schools for the purposes of the schools, and

(ii)to appoint foundation governors for those schools; and

(b)the group”, in relation to a foundation body, means the group of three or more schools for which the body performs those functions.

(5)The Secretary of State may by regulations make provision for and in connection with—

(a)the establishment, membership, functions and winding up of a foundation body, and

(b)the steps to be taken in connection with schools joining or leaving the group.

(6)Regulations under subsection (5) may, in particular, make provision—

(a)with respect to the transfer of property, rights and liabilities to and from a foundation body when schools join or leave the group but do not change category in accordance with Schedule 8;

(b)with respect to the revision or replacement of the instruments of government of schools joining or leaving the group in such circumstances and the reconstitution of their governing bodies;

(c)authorising a foundation body to appoint foundation governors to every school in the group;

(d)prescribing a model instrument of government for adoption by a foundation body subject to variations approved by the Secretary of State;

(e)for conferring functions with respect to the resolution of disputes—

(i)between schools in the group, or

(ii)between one or more such schools and a foundation body,

on such person or body as may be specified in the regulations;

(f)in connection with a school leaving the group—

(i)for requiring the publication of proposals under paragraph 2 of Schedule 8 (procedure for changing category of school);

(ii)for enabling the Secretary of State to require the publication under that paragraph of proposals for the school to become a school of a category specified by him;

(iii)for preventing a voluntary school from becoming one falling within subsection (2)(a) unless any conditions specified in pursuance of paragraph 4(2)(b) of that Schedule are satisfied in relation to the school;

(g)for the dissolution of a foundation body by order of the Secretary of State;

(h)for enabling the Secretary of State, in the case of any land held by a foundation body immediately before its dissolution which by virtue of this Act could not be disposed of without his consent, to determine how that land is to be dealt with on its dissolution;

(i)for conferring functions on school organisation committees and adjudicators including any functions which might otherwise be conferred on the Secretary of State.

(7)Regulations made in pursuance of subsection (6)(b) may, in connection with the making or variation of instruments of government in preparation for schools joining or leaving the group, modify paragraph 1 of Schedule 12 in its operation in relation to such instruments of government.

(8)The Secretary of State may, after consulting a foundation body, make an order modifying the instrument of government adopted by that body.

(9)Regulations may make provision for applying to foundation special schools, with or without modifications—

(a)any of the provisions of subsections (3) to (8); or

(b)any provision of Schedule 21 to this Act (transfers of land on appointed day).

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22 Maintenance and other funding of schools.E

(1)A local education authority are under a duty to maintain the following schools—

(a)any maintained schools which they are required to maintain by virtue of section 20(4) or (5);

(b)any maintained schools established by them F39. . . ;

(c)any maintained schools established in their area F39. . . otherwise than by them or any other local education authority; and

(d)any maintained nursery school established by them.

(2)Subsection (1) has effect subject to the transfer under this Part of a maintained school from the area of one local education authority to that of another, and to the provisions of this Part relating to the discontinuance of schools.

(3)In the case of a community school, a community special school or a maintained nursery school, the local education authority’s duty to maintain the school includes—

(a)the duty of defraying all the expenses of maintaining it, and

(b)the duty of making premises available to be used for the purposes of the school.

(4)In the case of a foundation, voluntary controlled or foundation special school, the local education authority’s duty to maintain the school includes—

(a)the duty of defraying all the expenses of maintaining it, and

(b)the duty, [F40under any enactment of providing new premises for the school] .

(5)In the case of a voluntary aided school, the local education authority’s duty to maintain the school includes—

(a)the duty of defraying all the expenses of maintaining it, except any [F41expenditure that by virtue of paragraph 3 of Schedule 3 is to be met] by the governing body, and

(b)the duty, [F42under any enactment of providing new premises for the school] .

(6)For the purposes of this Act the expenses of maintaining a foundation, voluntary or foundation special school include the payment of rates.

(7)Schedule 3 (which makes provision as to the functions of governing bodies, local education authorities and the Secretary of State as to the funding of foundation, voluntary and foundation special schools) shall have effect.

(8)In this Act—

(a)in relation to a school maintained (or proposed to be maintained) by a local education authority, “the local education authority” means that authority; and

(b)in relation to schools falling within subsections (3) to (6), “maintain” shall be read in accordance with those subsections.

(9)In this Act “maintained nursery school” means a nursery school which is maintained by a local education authority and is not a special school.

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E1This version of this provision extends to England only; a separate version has been created for Wales.

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22 Maintenance and other funding of schools.W

(1)A local education authority are under a duty to maintain the following schools—

(a)any maintained schools which they are required to maintain by virtue of section 20(4) or (5);

(b)any maintained schools established by them F185. . . ;

(c)any maintained schools established in their area F186. . . otherwise than by them or any other local education authority; and

(d)any maintained nursery school established by them.

(2)Subsection (1) has effect subject to the transfer under this Part of a maintained school from the area of one local education authority to that of another, and to the provisions of this Part relating to the discontinuance of schools.

(3)In the case of a community school, a community special school or a maintained nursery school, the local education authority’s duty to maintain the school includes—

(a)the duty of defraying all the expenses of maintaining it, and

(b)the duty of making premises available to be used for the purposes of the school.

(4)In the case of a foundation, voluntary controlled or foundation special school, the local education authority’s duty to maintain the school includes—

(a)the duty of defraying all the expenses of maintaining it, and

(b)the duty, [F187under any enactment of providing new premises for the school] .

(5)In the case of a voluntary aided school, the local education authority’s duty to maintain the school includes—

(a)the duty of defraying all the expenses of maintaining it, except any expenses that by virtue of paragraph 3 of Schedule 3 are payable by the governing body, and

(b)the duty, [F188under any enactment of providing new premises for the school] .

(6)For the purposes of this Act the expenses of maintaining a foundation, voluntary or foundation special school include the payment of rates.

(7)Schedule 3 (which makes provision as to the functions of governing bodies, local education authorities and the Secretary of State as to the funding of foundation, voluntary and foundation special schools) shall have effect.

(8)In this Act—

(a)in relation to a school maintained (or proposed to be maintained) by a local education authority, “the local education authority” means that authority; and

(b)in relation to schools falling within subsections (3) to (6), “maintain” shall be read in accordance with those subsections.

(9)In this Act “maintained nursery school” means a nursery school which is maintained by a local education authority and is not a special school.

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E6This version of this provision extends to Wales only; a separate version has been created for England.

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23 Charitable status of maintained schools, etc.E+W

(1)The following shall be charities which are exempt charities for the purposes of the M9Charities Act 1993—

(a)the governing body of any foundation, voluntary or foundation special school; and

(b)any foundation body established under section 21;

but no governing body of a community or community special school shall be a charity.

(2)So far as it is a charity, any institution which—

(a)is administered by or on behalf of any body to which subsection (1)(a) or (b) applies, and

(b)is established for the general purposes of, or for any special purpose of or in connection with, that body or any school or schools falling within subsection (1)(a),

shall also be an exempt charity for the purposes of the M10Charities Act 1993.

(3)Any foundation established otherwise than under this Act which has no property other than the premises of any school or schools falling within subsection (1)(a) shall be a charity which (subject to section 3(5B) of the M11Charities Act 1993) is not required to be registered for the purposes of that Act (but is not an exempt charity for the purposes of that Act).

(4)In this section—

(a)charity” and “institution” have the same meaning as in the M12Charities Act 1993;

(b)premises” includes a teacher’s dwelling-house.

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24 School organisation committees.E+W

(1)Each local education authority in England shall establish a school organisation committee for their area.

(2)A school organisation committee shall be constituted in accordance with regulations made by the Secretary of State.

(3)Those regulations must be so framed as to secure that every school organisation committee includes at least one person within each of the following categories—

(a)a member of the local education authority;

(b)a person nominated by the Diocesan Board of Education for any diocese of the Church of England any part of which is comprised in the authority’s area; and

(c)a person nominated by the bishop of any Roman Catholic Church diocese any part of which is comprised in the authority’s area.

(4)In this Act any reference to “the school organisation committee” in relation to—

(a)a local education authority in England,

(b)a school maintained or proposed to be maintained by such a local education authority, or

(c)any proposals relating to such a school,

is a reference to the school organisation committee established for the local education authority’s area.

(5)Schedule 4 has effect in relation to school organisation committees.

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I2S. 24 wholly in force at 1.4.1999; s. 24 not in force at Royal Assent see s. 145(3); s. 24(2)-(5) in force at 1.10.1998 by S.I. 1998/2212, art. 2, Sch 1, Pt. I; s. 24 in force at 1.4.1999 in so far as not already in force by S.I. 1999/1016, art. 2(1), Sch. 1 (with arts. 3-6, Sch. 4).

25 Adjudicators.E+W

(1)The Secretary of State shall appoint for England such number of persons to act as adjudicators for the purposes of this Act as he considers appropriate.

(2)Any matter which by virtue of this Act is required to be referred to “the adjudicator” shall be referred to such person appointed under this section as may be determined in accordance with regulations under Schedule 5.

(3)Accordingly in this Act “the adjudicator”, in relation to any such matter, means the person mentioned in subsection (2).

(4)Schedule 5 has effect in relation to adjudicators.

26 School organisation plans.E+W

(1)Every local education authority shall prepare a school organisation plan for their area, and shall prepare further such plans at such times as may be prescribed.

(2)A school organisation plan is a statement which sets out—

(a)how the authority propose to exercise their functions during the prescribed period with a view to securing the provision of [F43primary education, and secondary education suitable to the requirements of pupils of compulsory school age,] that will meet the needs of the population of their area during that period; and

[F44(ab)how the authority propose to exercise their powers during the prescribed period with a view to securing the provision of secondary education suitable to the requirements of pupils over compulsory school age during that period;]

(b)any facilities which the authority expect to be available outside their area for providing [F45education of a kind referred to in paragraph (a) or (ab)].

(3)A school organisation plan must deal with such matters, and take such form, as may be prescribed.

(4)The matters prescribed for the purposes of subsection (3) shall include the provision which the authority propose to make during the period in question for children with special educational needs.

(5)A school organisation plan prepared by a local education authority in England requires the approval of the school organisation committee or the adjudicator; and regulations may make provision with regard to the procedure to be followed in connection with the preparation and approval of such plans.

(6)Regulations under subsection (5) may, in particular, make provision—

(a)requiring a local education authority in England to publish a draft school organisation plan prepared by them, and enabling objections to be made to it;

(b)requiring—

(i)the draft plan (whether as published by the authority or as revised by them in the light of any such objections), and

(ii)all such objections,

to be submitted to the school organisation committee;

(c)authorising the matters so submitted to be also submitted, in any prescribed circumstances, to the adjudicator;

(d)for the functions of the school organisation committee in relation to the matters submitted to them by the authority, or in relation to any proposals made by the adjudicator, including power for the committee—

(i)to approve a draft plan with or without modifications, or

(ii)to prepare a school organisation plan for publication by the authority as their approved plan;

(e)for the functions of the adjudicator in relation to any matters submitted to him by virtue of paragraph (c), or referred to him by the committee in the exercise of any function conferred by virtue of paragraph (d), including power for the adjudicator—

(i)to approve a draft plan either with modifications proposed by the committee or without modifications, or

(ii)to make proposals to the committee for modifications to be made to the draft plan;

(f)requiring the publication of the plan as approved;

(g)requiring anything falling to be done under the regulations to be done within such period as may be specified in or determined in accordance with the regulations.

(7)A school organisation plan prepared by a local education authority in Wales requires adoption by the authority; and regulations may make provision with regard to the procedure to be followed in connection with the preparation and adoption of such plans.

(8)Regulations under subsection (7) may, in particular, make provision—

(a)requiring a local education authority in Wales to publish a draft school organisation plan prepared by them, and to consult such bodies or persons in connection with the draft plan as may be prescribed;

(b)requiring the authority, in the light of such consultation, either—

(i)to adopt the draft plan with or without modifications, or

(ii)to prepare a further draft school organisation plan for publication and consultation in accordance with any provision made by virtue of paragraph (a);

(c)requiring the publication of the plan as adopted by the authority;

(d)requiring anything falling to be done under the regulations to be done within such period as may be specified in or determined in accordance with the regulations.

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F43Words in s. 26(2)(a) substituted (28.7.2000 for specified purposes and otherwise 1.1.2001 for E. and 1.4.2001 for W.) by 2000 c. 21, s. 149, Sch. 9 para. 80(a); S.I. 2000/2559, art. 2(3), Sch. Pt. III; S.I. 2001/1274, art. 2, Sch. Pt. I

F44S. 26(2)(ab) inserted (28.7.2000 for specified purposes and otherwise 1.1.2001 for E. and 1.4.2001 for W.) by 2000 c. 21, s. 149, Sch. 9 para. 80(b); S.I. 2000/2559, art. 2(3), Sch. Pt. III; S.I. 2001/1274, art. 2, Sch. Pt. I

F45Words in s. 26(2)(b) substituted (28.7.2000 for specified purposes and otherwise 1.1.2001 for E. and 1.4.2001 for W.) by 2000 c. 21, s. 149, Sch. 9 para. 80(c); S.I. 2000/2559, art. 2(3), Sch. Pt. III; S.I. 2001/1274, art. 2, Sch. Pt. I

Commencement Information

I3S. 26 wholly in force at 1.4.1999; s. 26 not in force at Royal Assent see s. 145(3); s. 26(2)-(8) in force at 1.10.1998 by S.I. 1998/2212, art. 2, Sch. 1, Pt. I; s. 26 in force at 1.4.1999 in so far as not already in force by S.I. 1999/1016, art. 2(1), Sch. 1 (with arts. 3-6, Sch. 4).

[F4626A Plans of local learning and skills councils.E+W

(1)In preparing a school organisation plan a local education authority in England shall have regard to the plans of any relevant local learning and skills council published under section 22 of the Learning and Skills Act 2000.

(2)Subsection (3) applies if a school organisation plan prepared by a local education authority in England is being considered by the school organisation committee or by the adjudicator.

(3)The committee or the adjudicator shall have regard to the plans of any relevant local learning and skills council published under section 22 of the Learning and Skills Act 2000.

(4)A local learning and skills council is a relevant council if any of its area falls within the area of the local education authority concerned.]

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Amendments (Textual)

F46Ss. 26A, 26B inserted (28.7.2000 in so far as consequential on ss. 130, 131, Sch. 8 and 1.1.2000 otherwise) by 2000 c. 21, s. 149, Sch. 9 para. 81; S.I. 2000/2559, art. 2(3), Sch. Pt. III; S.I. 2000/3230, art. 2, Sch.

[F4726B Plans of National Council.E+W

(1)In preparing a school organisation plan a local education authority in Wales shall have regard to the plans of the National Council for Education and Training for Wales published under section 43 of the Learning and Skills Act 2000.

(2)Subsection (3) applies if a school organisation plan prepared by a local education authority in Wales is being considered by the school organisation committee or by the adjudicator.

(3)The committee or the adjudicator shall have regard to the plans of the National Council for Education and Training for Wales published under section 43 of the Learning and Skills Act 2000.

(4)In this section references to the school organisation committee are to the committee established by the authority under regulations made under section 27.

(5)In this section references to the adjudicator are to—

(a)such person appointed as adjudicator under those regulations as may be determined in accordance with them, or

(b)such persons appointed as a panel of adjudicators under those regulations as may be so determined.]

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Amendments (Textual)

F47Ss. 26A, 26B inserted (28.7.2000 in so far as consequential on ss. 130, 131, Sch. 8 and 1.1.2001 otherwise) by 2000 c. 21, s. 149, Sch. 9 para. 81; S.I. 2000/1559, art. 2(3), Sch. Pt. III; S.I. 2000/3230, art. 2, Sch.

27 Power to require committees or adjudicators for Wales.E+W

(1)Regulations may make provision—

(a)for the establishment by local education authorities in Wales of school organisation committees; and

(b)for the appointment by the Secretary of State of adjudicators, or panels of adjudicators, for Wales;

and the regulations may provide for any of the provisions of [F48sections 24 and 25 of, and Schedules 4 and 5 to, this Act and Schedule 7 to the Learning and Skills Act 2000] to apply for the purposes of the regulations with or without modifications.

(2)In connection with any provision made by virtue of subsection (1), regulations may make provision—

(a)for applying in relation to Wales any provision of section 26, Chapter II of this Part [F49, Chapter I of Part III or Schedule 7 to the Learning and Skills Act 2000] which would otherwise apply in relation to England only;

(b)for disapplying in relation to Wales any such provision which would otherwise apply in relation to Wales only;

(c)for any statutory provision to have effect with such modifications as appear to the Secretary of State to be appropriate.

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F48Words in s. 27(1) substituted (28.7.2000 for specified purposes and otherwise 1.9.2001 for E. and 1.4.2002 for W.) by 2000 c. 21, s. 149, Sch. 9 para. 82(1)(2); S.I. 2001/654, art. 2, Sch. Pt. III (with art. 3); S.I. 2001/2705, art. 2, Sch. Pt. I

F49Words in s. 27(2)(a) substituted (28.7.2000 for specified purposes and otherwise 1.9.2001 for E. and 1.4.2002 for W.) by 2000 c. 21, s. 149, Sch. 9 para. 82(1)(3); S.I. 2001/654, art. 2, Sch. Pt. III (with art. 3); S.I. 2001/2705, art. 2, Sch. Pt. I

Chapter IIE+W Establishment, alteration or discontinuance of schools

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C24Pt. II Chapter II modified (1.9.1999) by S.I. 1999/704, regs. 21, 22, Sch.

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28 Proposals for establishment or alteration of community, foundation or voluntary school.E+W

(1)Where a local education authority propose—

(a)to establish a new community or foundation school, or

(b)to make any prescribed alteration to a community school, or

(c)to make any prescribed alteration to a foundation school consisting of an enlargement of the premises of the school,

the authority shall publish their proposals under this section.

(2)Where—

(a)any persons (referred to in this Part as “promoters”) propose to establish a new foundation or voluntary school, or

(b)the governing body of a foundation or voluntary school propose to make any prescribed alteration to the school,

those persons or (as the case may be) the governing body shall publish their proposals under this section.

(3)Proposals under this section shall—

(a)contain such information, and

(b)be published in such manner,

as may be prescribed.

(4)Proposals under this section may if the relevant body or promoters think fit—

(a)specify an age below 10 years and six months and an age above 12 years, and

(b)provide that the school to which the proposals relate is to be a school providing full-time education suitable to the requirements of pupils whose ages are between the ages so specified.

(5)Before publishing any proposals under this section, the relevant body or promoters shall consult such persons as appear to them to be appropriate; and in discharging their duty under this subsection the relevant body or promoters shall have regard to any guidance given from time to time by the Secretary of State.

(6)Where any proposals published under this section relate to a school or proposed school in England, the relevant body or promoters shall send—

(a)a copy of the published proposals, and

(b)such information in connection with those proposals as may be prescribed,

to the school organisation committee for the area of the local education authority who maintain the school or (in the case of a new school) who it is proposed should maintain the school.

(7)Where any proposals published under this section relate to a school or proposed school in Wales, the relevant body or promoters shall send—

(a)a copy of the published proposals, and

(b)such information in connection with those proposals as may be prescribed,

to the Secretary of State.

(8)Schedule 6 has effect (for both England and Wales) in relation to—

(a)the procedure for dealing with proposals under this section and their implementation; and

(b)the provision of premises or other assistance in connection with their implementation.

(9)Where any proposals published under this section—

(a)are for the transfer of a school to a site in a different area, or

(b)relate to a school which is, or (in the case of a new school) is proposed to be, situated in an area other than that of the local education authority who maintain, or (as the case may be) who it is proposed should maintain, the school,

the provisions of subsection (6) and Schedule 6 shall have effect in relation to the proposals with such modifications as may be prescribed.

(10)In this section “the relevant body or promoters” means the local education authority, governing body or promoters mentioned in subsection (1) or (2) (as the case may be).

(11)In this Part—

(a)“alteration”, in the context of a prescribed alteration to a maintained school, means an alteration of whatever nature, including the transfer of the school to a new site but excluding any change—

(i)in the religious character of the school, or

(ii)whereby the school would acquire or lose a religious character; and

(b)“area” (without more) means a local education authority area.

(12)Any regulations made for the purposes of subsection (1)(b) or (2)(b) may be framed by reference to the opinion of the local education authority.

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C25S. 28 amended (1.4.1999) by S.I. 1999/125, art. 2(3).

C26S. 28 extended (10.3.1999) by S.I. 1999/362, reg. 6(2)(3).

C27S. 28 applied (with modifications) (1.9.1999) by S.I. 1999/2259, regs. 5(1), 10, Sch. 1.

S. 28 applied (with modifications) (1.9.1999) by S.I. 1999/2259, regs. 5(2), 10, Sch. 2.

S. 28 applied (with modifications) (1.9.1999) (temp.) by S.I. 1999/2633, regs. 4, 5(1), Sch. 1.

S. 28 modified (1.9.1999) by S.I. 1999/2633, reg. 5(2), Sch. 2.

C28S. 28 modified (1.9.1999) by S.I. 1999/2633, reg. 5(2), Sch. 2.

S. 28 modified (prosp.) by Education Act 2002 (c. 32), ss. 74(1)(a), 216, (with ss. 210(8), 214(4));

C29S. 28; Power to modify conferred (prosp.) by Education Act 2002 (c. 32), ss. 74(2)(a) 216 (with ss. 210(8), 214(4))

C30S. 28(3)(7)(8)(10)(11) applied (with modifications) (W.) (1.9.2001) by S.I. 2001/2678, reg. 7, Sch. 1 Pt. I Table 3

C31S. 28(3) applied (with modifications) (1.9.1999) by S.I. 1999/2213, reg. 15, Sch.4.

s. 28(3): s. 28(3)(except para. (b)) applied with modifications (1.9.1999) by S.I. 1999/1671, reg. 10, Sch. 5

C32S. 28(3)(5)(6)(8)(10)(11) applied (with modifications) (E.) (1.9.2000) by S.I. 2000/2195, art. 4(1), Sch. 1

C33S. 28(5) applied (with modifications) (W.) (1.9.2001) by S.I. 2001/2678, reg. 7, Sch. 1 Pt. I Table 1

C34S. 28(5) applied (with modifications) by S.I. 1999/2213, reg. 15, Sch.4

s. 28(5) applied with modifications (1.9.1999) by S.I. 1999/1671, reg. 10, Sch. 5

C35S. 28(6) applied (with modifications) by S.I. 1999/2213, reg. 15, Sch.4.

S. 28(6) modified (1.9.1999) by S.I. 1999/2213, reg. 15(2)(4), Sch. 5 Pt. I para.1.

S. 28(6) modified (1.9.1999) by S.I. 1999/2213, reg. 15(2)(4), Sch. 5 Pt. I para. 2(a).

S. 28(6) modified (1.9.1999) by S.I. 1999/704, regs. 21, 22, Sch.

C36S. 28(7) applied with modifications (1.9.1999) by S.I. 1999/1671, reg. 10, Sch. 5

C37S. 28(10) applied (with modifications) by S.I. 1999/2213, reg. 15, Sch.4.

s. 28(10) applied with modifications (1.9.1999) by S.I. 1999/1671, reg. 10, Sch. 5

Commencement Information

I4S. 28 wholly in force at 1.9.1999; s. 28 not in force at Royal Assent see s. 145(3); s. 28(9) in force at 1.2.1999 by S.I. 1998/3198, art. 2(2), Sch.; s. 28(5)(10) in force at 1.4.1999 by S.I. 1999/1016, art. 2(1), Sch. 1 (with arts. 3-6, Sch. 4); S. 28 in force at 1.9.1999 in so far as not already in force by S.I. 1999/2323, art. 2(1), Sch. 1 (with arts. 3-5, Schs. 5-7).

29 Proposals for discontinuance of community, foundation, voluntary or maintained nursery school.E+W

(1)Where a local education authority propose to discontinue—

(a)a community, foundation or voluntary school, or

(b)a maintained nursery school,

the authority shall publish their proposals under this section.

(2)Where the governing body of a foundation or voluntary school propose to discontinue the school, the governing body shall publish their proposals under this section.

(3)Proposals under this section shall—

(a)contain such information, and

(b)be published in such manner,

as may be prescribed.

(4)Before publishing any proposals under this section, the relevant body shall consult such persons as appear to them to be appropriate; and in discharging their duty under this subsection the relevant body shall have regard to any guidance given from time to time by the Secretary of State.

(5)Where any proposals published under this section relate to a school in England, the relevant body shall send—

(a)a copy of the published proposals, and

(b)such information in connection with those proposals as may be prescribed,

to the school organisation committee for the area of the local education authority who maintain the school.

(6)Where any proposals published under this section relate to a school in Wales, the relevant body shall send—

(a)a copy of the published proposals, and

(b)such information in connection with those proposals as may be prescribed,

to the Secretary of State.

(7)Schedule 6 has effect (for both England and Wales) in relation to the procedure for dealing with proposals under this section and their implementation.

(8)Where any proposals published under this section relate to a school which is situated in an area other than that of the local education authority who maintain it, the provisions of subsection (5) and Schedule 6 shall have effect in relation to the proposals with such modifications as may be prescribed.

(9)In this section “the relevant body” means the local education authority or governing body mentioned in subsection (1) or (2) (as the case may be).

(10)In this Part any reference to a local education authority—

(a)discontinuing a school, or

(b)implementing proposals to discontinue a school (whether published by the authority or the governing body),

is to the authority ceasing to maintain the school.

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C39S. 29(5) modified (1.9.1999) by S.I. 1999/704, regs. 21, 22, Sch.

Commencement Information

I5S. 29 wholly in force at 1.9.1999; s. 29 not in force at Royal Assent see s. 145(3); s. 29(8) in force at 1.2.1999 by S.I. 1998/3198, art. 2(2), Sch.; s. 29(4)(9) in force at 1.4.1999 by S.I. 1999/1016, art. 2(1), Sch. 1 (with arts. 3-6, Sch. 4); s. 29 in force at 1.9.1999 in so far as not already in force by S.I. 1999/2323, art. 2(1), Sch. 1 (with arts. 3-5, Schs. 5-7).

30 Notice by governing body to discontinue foundation or voluntary school.E+W

(1)Subject to the following provisions of this section, the governing body of a foundation or voluntary school may discontinue the school by serving on the Secretary of State and the local education authority at least two years’ notice of their intention to do so.

(2)If expenditure has been incurred on the school premises (otherwise than in connection with repairs)—

(a)by the Secretary of State,

(b)by the Funding Agency for Schools,

(c)by any local education authority, or

(d)by an authority which was a local education authority within the meaning of any enactment repealed by the M13Education Act 1944 or an earlier Act,

no such notice may be served without the consent of the Secretary of State.

(3)If discontinuing the school would affect the facilities for full-time education suitable to the requirements of persons over compulsory school age who have not attained the age of 19, the governing body shall, before serving a notice under this section, consult [F50the Learning and Skills Council for England (if the school is in England) or the National Council for Education and Training for Wales (if the school is in Wales)].

(4)If, while a notice under subsection (1) is in force in respect of a foundation or voluntary school, the governing body inform the local education authority that they are unable or unwilling to carry on the school until the notice expires, the authority—

(a)may conduct the school for all or part of the unexpired period of the notice as if it were a community school, and

(b)shall be entitled to use the school premises free of charge for that purpose.

(5)While the school is being so conducted—

(a)the authority shall keep the school premises in good repair, and

(b)any interest in the premises which is held for the purposes of the school shall be deemed, for all purposes relating to the condition, occupation or use of the premises, or the making of alterations to them, to be vested in the authority.

(6)Despite the provisions of subsection (5) the governing body may use the premises, or any part of them, when not required for the purposes of the school to the same extent as if they had continued to carry on the school during the unexpired period of the notice.

(7)A notice served under subsection (1) may not be withdrawn without the consent of the local education authority.

(8)If a foundation or voluntary school is discontinued under this section, the duty of the local education authority to maintain the school as a foundation or voluntary school shall cease.

(9)Nothing in section 29 or 33 applies to any such discontinuance of a foundation or voluntary school.

(10)Where—

(a)land occupied by a foundation or voluntary school is held by any trustees for the purposes of the school, and

(b)the termination of the school’s occupation of that land would have the result that it was not reasonably practicable for the school to continue to be conducted at its existing site,

then if the trustees (being entitled to do so) give any notice to the governing body which purports to terminate the school’s occupation of the land, any such notice shall not be effective to terminate its occupation of the land unless the requirements of subsection (11) are complied with in relation to the notice (without prejudice to any other statutory or other requirements falling to be so complied with).

(11)The requirements of this subsection are—

(a)that the period of notice must—

(i)be reasonable having regard to the length of time that would be required to discontinue the school (if the governing body chose to do so), and

(ii)in any event must not be less than two years; and

(b)that a copy of the notice must be given to the Secretary of State and the local education authority at the time when the notice is given to the governing body.

(12)Where trustees give, at the same (or substantially the same) time, notices purporting to terminate a foundation or voluntary school’s occupation of two or more pieces of land held by the trustees for the purposes of the school, then for the purpose of determining whether subsection (10)(b) applies in relation to any of those pieces of land, regard may be had to the combined effect of terminating the school’s occupation of both or all of them.

(13)If a question arises as to whether the termination of a school’s occupation of any land would have the result mentioned in subsection (10)(b) (including a question as to whether subsection (12) applies in any particular circumstances), it shall be determined by the Secretary of State.

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Amendments (Textual)

F50Words in s. 30(3) substituted (28.7.2000 for specified purposes and otherwise 1.4.2001) by 2000 c. 21, s. 149, Sch. 9 para. 83; S.I. 2001/654, art. 2, Sch. Pt. II (with art. 3)

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31 Proposals for establishment, alteration or discontinuance of community or foundation special school.E+W

(1)Where a local education authority intend—

(a)to establish a new community or foundation special school, or

(b)to make any prescribed alteration to such a school, or

(c)to discontinue such a school,

the authority shall publish their proposals under this section.

(2)Where the governing body of a foundation special school propose—

(a)to make any prescribed alteration to the school, or

(b)to discontinue the school,

the governing body shall publish their proposals under this section.

(3)Proposals under this section shall—

(a)contain such information, and

(b)be published in such manner,

as may be prescribed.

(4)Before publishing any proposals under this section, the relevant body shall consult such persons as appear to them to be appropriate; and in discharging their duty under this subsection the relevant body shall have regard to any guidance given from time to time by the Secretary of State.

(5)Where any proposals published under this section relate to a school or proposed school in England, the relevant body shall send—

(a)a copy of the proposals, and

(b)such information in connection with those proposals as may be prescribed,

to the school organisation committee for the area of the local education authority who maintain the school or (in the case of a new school) who it is proposed should maintain the school.

(6)Where any proposals published under this section relate to a school or proposed school in Wales, the relevant body shall send—

(a)a copy of the proposals, and

(b)such information in connection with those proposals as may be prescribed,

to the Secretary of State.

(7)The relevant body shall also send a copy of any proposals to which subsection (5) or (6) applies to such other bodies or persons as may be prescribed.

(8)Schedule 6 has effect (for both England and Wales) in relation to the procedure for dealing with proposals under this section and their implementation.

(9)In this section “the relevant body” means the local education authority or governing body mentioned in subsection (1) or (2) (as the case may be).

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Modifications etc. (not altering text)

C40S. 31 extended (10.3.1999) by S.I. 1999/362, reg. 6(4).

C42S. 31: Power to modify conferred (prosp.) by Education Act 2002 (c. 32), ss. 74(2)(a), 216 (with ss. 210(8), 214(4))

C43S. 31(3) except paragraph (b) applied (with modifications) (1.9.1999) by S.I. 1999/1780, reg. 11, Sch.4.

S. 31(3) applied (with modifications) (1.9.1999) by S.I. 1999/2212, reg. 16, Sch.4.

C44S. 31(4) applied (with modifications) (1.9.1999) by S.I. 1999/1780, reg. 11, Sch.4.

S. 31(4) applied (with modifications) (1.9.1999) by S.I. 1999/2212, reg. 16, Sch.4.

C45S. 31(5) applied (with modifications) (1.9.1999) by S.I. 1999/2212, reg. 16, Sch.4.

S. 31(5) modified (1.9.1999) by S.I. 1999/704, regs. 21, 22, Sch.

C46S. 31(6) applied (with modifications) (1.9.1999) by S.I. 1999/1780, reg. 11, Sch.4.

C47S. 31(7) applied (with modifications) (1.9.1999) by S.I. 1999/1780, reg. 11, Sch.4.

S. 31(7) applied (with modifications) (1.9.1999) by S.I. 1999/2212, reg. 16, Sch.4.

C48S. 31(9) applied (with modifications) (1.9.1999) by S.I. 1999/1780, reg. 11, Sch.4.

S. 31(9) applied (with modifications) (1.9.1999) by S.I. 1999/2212, reg. 16, Sch.4.

Commencement Information

I6S. 31 wholly in force at 1.9.1999; s. 31 not in force at Royal Assent see s. 145(3); s. 31(4)(9) in force at 1.4.1999 by S.I. 1999/1016, art. 2(1), Sch. 1 (with arts. 3-6, Sch. 4); s. 31 in force at 1.9.1999 in so far as not already in force by S.I. 1999/2323, art. 2(1), Sch. 1 (with arts. 3-5, Schs. 5-7).

32 Direction requiring discontinuance of community or foundation special school.E+W

(1)The Secretary of State may, if he considers it expedient to do so in the interests of the health, safety or welfare of pupils at a community or foundation special school, give a direction to the local education authority by whom the school is maintained requiring the school to be discontinued on a date specified in the direction.

(2)A direction under subsection (1) may require the local education authority to notify any persons or class of persons specified in the direction.

(3)Before giving a direction under subsection (1), the Secretary of State shall consult—

(a)the local education authority;

(b)any other local education authority who would in his opinion be affected by the discontinuance of the school;

(c)in the case of a foundation special school which has a foundation, the person who appoints the foundation governors; and

(d)such other persons as the Secretary of State considers appropriate.

(4)On giving a direction under subsection (1) the Secretary of State shall give notice in writing of the direction to the governing body of the school and its head teacher.

(5)Where a local education authority are given a direction under subsection (1), they shall discontinue the school in question on the date specified in the direction; and nothing in section 31 or 33 applies to any such discontinuance of the school under this section.

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33 Further provisions relating to establishment, alteration or discontinuance of schools.E+W

(1)Except in pursuance of proposals falling to be implemented under [F51any enactment]

(a)no maintained school shall be established or discontinued;

(b)no prescribed alteration shall be made to any such school; and

(c)no maintained nursery school shall be discontinued.

(2)No alteration falling within section 28(11)(a)(i) or (ii) shall be made to any maintained school.

(3)Subsection (1) has effect subject to sections 19(4), 30(9) and 32(5).

(4)Regulations may, in relation to proposals published under section 28, 29 or 31, require any of the following, namely—

(a)the body or promoters who published the proposals,

(b)the school organisation committee, and

(c)the adjudicator,

to provide such information relating to the proposals to such persons, and at such times, as may be prescribed.

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Amendments (Textual)

F51Words in s. 33(1) substituted (19.12.2002 for W. otherwise prosp.) by Education Act 2002 (c. 32), ss. 215(1), 216, Sch. 21 para. 98(2)(a) (with ss. 210(8), 214(4)); S.I. 2002/3185, art. 4, Sch. Pt. 1

Commencement Information

I7S. 33 wholly in force at 1.9.1999; s. 33 not in force at Royal Assent see s. 145(3); s. 33(4) in force at 1.2.1999 by S.I. 1998/3198, art. 2(2), Sch.; s. 33 in force at 1.9.1999 in so far as not already in force by S.I. 1999/2323, art. 2(1), Sch. 1 (with arts. 3-5, Schs. 5-7).

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34 Rationalisation of school places.E+W

Schedule 7 (which provides for the Secretary of State to give directions to local education authorities and governing bodies to bring forward proposals for the rationalisation of school places, and for such proposals to be made by him) shall have effect.

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35 School changing from one category to another.E+W

(1)Schedule 8 makes provision for and in connection with—

(a)enabling a maintained school within one of the categories set out in section 20(1) to become a school within another of those categories, and

(b)in certain circumstances, requiring proposals to be published for a voluntary aided school to become a school within another of those categories;

and a maintained school may not so change its category otherwise than in accordance with that Schedule.

(2)Except in relation to a change of category from voluntary aided to voluntary controlled school for which proposals are required to be published by virtue of paragraph 3 of Schedule 8, that Schedule does not apply at any time before the end of such period as may be prescribed.

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36 Governing bodies.E+W

[F52(1)Each maintained school shall have a governing body, which shall be a body corporate constituted in accordance with Schedule 9.

(2)Schedule 10 has effect in relation to the general powers of the governing body and other matters relating to it as a body corporate.

(3)Schedule 11 has effect in relation to the membership and proceedings of the governing body and other matters including the appointment of a clerk to, or to any committee of, the governing body.]

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Amendments (Textual)

F52S. 36 repealed (1.10.2002 for E. in so far as it relates to s. 36(2) otherwise prosp.) by Education Act 2002 (c. 32), ss. 215(2), 216, Sch. 22 Pt. 3 (with ss. 210(8), 214(4)); S.I. 2002/2439, art. 3 (with Sch.)

Modifications etc. (not altering text)

C49S. 36 extended (10.3.1999) by S.I. 1999/362, reg. 30(1)(b)

S. 36 extended (10.3.1999) by S.I. 1999/362, reg. 49(7)(b)

C50S. 36(1) applied (1.9.1999) by S.I. 1999/2262, reg. 36(3).

Commencement Information

I8S. 36 wholly in force at 1.9.1999; s. 36(3) in force at Royal Assent see s. 145; s. 36 in force at 1.9.1999 in so far as not already in force by S.I. 1999/2323, art. 2(1), Sch. 1 (with arts. 3-5, Schs. 5-7).

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37 Instruments of government.E+W

(1)For every maintained school there shall be an instrument (known as the instrument of government) which determines the constitution of the governing body and other matters relating to the school.

(2)Schedule 12 has effect with respect to the contents and making of instruments of government and the review and variation of such instruments.

(3)The governing body of a maintained school shall not conduct the school under a name other than the one for the time being set out in the school’s instrument of government.

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Commencement Information

I9S. 37 wholly in force at 1.9.1999; s. 37(1)(2) in force for certain purposes at Royal Assent see s. 145(5); s. 37 in force at 1.9.1999 in so far as not already in force by S.I. 1999/2323, art. 2(1), Sch. 1 (with arts. 3-5, Schs. 5-7).

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38 General responsibility of governing body for conduct of school.E+W

(1)Subject to any other statutory provision, the conduct of a maintained school shall be under the direction of the school’s governing body.

(2)The governing body shall conduct the school with a view to promoting high standards of educational achievement at the school.

(3)Regulations may—

(a)set out terms of reference for governing bodies of maintained schools;

(b)define the respective roles and responsibilities of governing bodies and head teachers of such schools, whether generally or with respect to particular matters, including the curriculum for such schools;

(c)confer functions on governing bodies and head teachers of such schools.

(4)The governing body of a maintained school shall, in discharging their functions, comply with—

(a)the instrument of government; and

(b)(subject to any other statutory provision) any trust deed relating to the school.

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Commencement Information

I10S. 38 wholly in force at 1.9.1999; s. 38 not in force at Royal Assent see s. 145(3); s. 38(3) in force at 1.10.1998 by S.I. 1998/2212, art. 2, Sch. 1, Pt. I; s. 38 in force at 1.9.1999 in so far as not already in force by S.I. 1999/2323, art. 2(1), Sch. 1 (with arts. 3-5, Schs. 5-7).

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(1)The governing body of a maintained school shall in accordance with regulations—

(a)establish procedures for dealing with all complaints relating to the school other than those falling to be dealt with in accordance with any procedures required to be established in relation to the school by virtue of any other statutory provision; and

(b)publicise the procedures so established.

(2)The governing body of a maintained school may require pupils in attendance at the school to attend at any place outside the school premises for the purpose of receiving any instruction or training included in the secular curriculum for the school.

(3)The governing body and head teacher of—

(a)a community or voluntary controlled school, or

(b)a community special school,

shall comply with any direction given to them by the local education authority concerning the health or safety of persons on the school’s premises or taking part in any school activities elsewhere.

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Commencement Information

I11S. 39 partly in force; s. 39 not in force at Royal Assent see s. 145(3); s. 39(1) in force for certain purposes at 1.10.1998 by S.I. 1998/2212, art. 2, Sch. 1, Pt. I; s. 39(2)(3) in force at 1.9.1999 by S.I. 1999/2323, art. 2(1), Sch. 1 (with arts. 3-5, Schs. 5-7).

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40 Control of use of school premises by governing body.E+W

Schedule 13 has effect in relation to the control by the governing body of a maintained school of the occupation and use of the school premises.

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41 Responsibility for fixing dates of terms and holidays and times of sessions.E+W

(1)In the case of a community, voluntary controlled or community special school—

(a)the local education authority shall determine the dates when the school terms and holidays are to begin and end; and

(b)the governing body shall determine the times of the school sessions.

(2)In the case of a foundation, voluntary aided or foundation special school the governing body shall determine—

(a)the dates and times when the school terms and holidays are to begin and end, and

(b)the times of the school sessions.

(3)Regulations may make provision—

(a)as to the procedure to be followed where the governing body of a school within subsection (1) propose to make any change in the times of the school sessions;

(b)as to the implementation of any such proposal;

(c)for enabling the local education authority to determine, for any purposes of the regulations, whether any person is to be treated as a parent of a registered pupil at the school;

(d)that for all or any prescribed purposes of the regulations references to parents are to be read as excluding those who are not individuals.

(4)In this section “the times of the school sessions” means the times at which each of the school sessions (or, if there is only one, the school session) is to begin and end on any day.

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42 Governors’ reports and other information.E+W

[F53(1)Once in every school year the governing body of a maintained school shall prepare a report (a “governors’ report”) dealing with such matters, and otherwise complying with such requirements, as may be specified in regulations.

(2)Such regulations may—

(a)impose requirements on the governing body of a maintained school with respect to—

(i)the giving of copies of a governors’ report to such persons as may be prescribed, and

(ii)making such copies available for inspection at the school;

(b)make provision for—

(i)enabling the governing body to determine the language or languages in which a governors’ report is to be produced and the form or forms in which it is to be produced;

(ii)requiring them to comply with any direction given by the local education authority with respect to any additional language to be used or with respect to any additional form in which the report is to be produced.

(3)The governing body of a maintained school shall provide the local education authority with such reports in connection with the discharge of their functions as the authority may require (either on a regular basis or from time to time) for the purposes of the exercise of any of their functions.

(4)The head teacher of a maintained school shall provide the governing body or (as the case may be) the local education authority with such reports in connection with the discharge of his functions as the governing body or the authority may require (either on a regular basis or from time to time) for the purposes of the exercise of any of their functions.

(5)Where a requirement under subsection (4) is imposed on the head teacher by the authority—

(a)the authority shall notify the governing body of that requirement; and

(b)the head teacher shall give the governing body a copy of any report made by him in complying with it.]

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Amendments (Textual)

F53S. 42 repealed (1.10.2002 for E. otherwise prosp.) by Education Act 2002 (c. 32), ss. 215(2), 216, Sch. 22 Pt. 3 (with ss. 210(8), 214(4)); S.I. 2002/2439, art. 3 (with Sch.)

Commencement Information

I12S. 42 wholly in force at 1.9.1999; s. 42 not in force at Royal Assent see s. 145(3); s. 42(1)(2) in force for specified purpose at 1.4.1999 by S.I. 1999/1016, art. 2(1), Sch. 1 (with arts. 3-6, Sch. 4); s. 41 in force at 1.9.1999 in so far as not already in force by S.I. 1999/2323, art. 2(1), Sch. 1 (with arts. 3-5, Schs. 5-7) .

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(1)Once in every school year the governing body of a maintained school shall hold a meeting (an “annual parents’ meeting”) which is open to—

(a)all parents of registered pupils at the school;

(b)the head teacher; and

(c)such other persons as the governing body may invite.

(2)The purpose of the meeting shall be to provide an opportunity for discussion of—

(a)the governors’ report;

(b)the discharge by the governing body, the head teacher and the local education authority of their functions in relation to the school;

(c)the aims and values of the school;

(d)how the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils is to be promoted at the school;

(e)how pupils are to be prepared for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of adult life and citizenship;

(f)the standards of educational achievement of pupils; and

(g)how the governing body are to promote the good behaviour, discipline and well-being of pupils.

(3)A governing body may, however, refrain from holding an annual parents’ meeting in a particular school year if—

(a)the school is a community or foundation special school which is established in a hospital and the governing body are of the opinion that it would be impracticable to hold such a meeting in that year; or

(b)the school is a maintained school other than one within paragraph (a), the governing body are of the opinion that it would be impracticable to hold such a meeting in that year, and at least 50 per cent. of the registered pupils at the school are boarders at the time when they form that opinion.

(4)Regulations may make provision—

(a)for the proceedings at an annual parents’ meeting to be under the control of the governing body;

(b)as to the procedure to be followed at any such meeting, including provision restricting the right to vote on any question put to the meeting to parents of registered pupils at the school;

(c)imposing requirements on the governing body, the head teacher and the local education authority in relation to resolutions which have been passed at any such meeting, including requirements framed by reference to any opinion formed by the governing body;

(d)for enabling the governing body or (as the case may be) the local education authority to determine, for any purposes of the regulations, whether any person is to be treated as the parent of a registered pupil at the school.

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Commencement Information

I13S. 43 wholly in force at 1.9.1999; s. 43 not in force at Royal Assent see. s. 145(3); s. 43(4) in force at 1.4.1999 by S.I. 1999/1016, art. 2(1), Sch. 1 (with arts. 3-6, Sch. 4); s. 43 in force at 1.9.1999 in so far as not already in force by S.I. 1999/2323, art. 2(1), Sch. 1 (with arts. 3-5, Schs. 5-7).

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44 Arrangements for government of new schools.E+W

(1)Where proposals for the establishment of a maintained school fall to be implemented under paragraph 5 or 10 of Schedule 6, the local education authority shall make arrangements providing for the constitution of a temporary governing body for the school.

(2)Once constituted in accordance with arrangements made under subsection (1) the temporary governing body shall continue in existence until such time as the governing body are constituted for the school under an instrument of government.

(3)The local education authority shall secure that the governing body are so constituted—

(a)as soon as is reasonably practicable after the time when the requirement for there to be an instrument of government for the school takes effect in accordance with subsection (4), and

(b)in any event not later than the last day of the term in which the school first admits pupils.

(4)The requirement for there to be an instrument of government for a school (imposed by section 37) shall take effect in relation to a school falling within subsection (1) above as from the school opening date; and for the purposes of this Part proposals for the establishment of a maintained school shall be taken to be implemented on that date.

(5)Regulations may make provision with respect to—

(a)the making and termination of arrangements for the constitution of temporary governing bodies, including such arrangements made in anticipation of proposals falling to be implemented as mentioned in subsection (1);

(b)the constitution, meetings and proceedings of temporary governing bodies, the payment of allowances to temporary governors, and the appointment of clerks to such bodies;

(c)the transition from a temporary governing body to a governing body constituted under an instrument of government; and

(d)such other matters relating to temporary governing bodies as the Secretary of State considers appropriate.

(6)Regulations under subsection (5) may, in connection with any matters falling within that subsection—

(a)modify any provision made by or under any of Schedules 9 to 12;

(b)apply any such provision with or without modifications;

(c)make provision corresponding or similar to any such provision.

(7)Subject to subsection (8), the temporary governing body of a school shall be treated for the purposes of the Education Acts as if they were the governing body during the period—

(a)beginning with the school opening date, and

(b)ending with the time when the governing body are constituted for the school under an instrument of government;

and for the purposes of sections 495 to 498 of the M14Education Act 1996 (general default powers of the Secretary of State) the temporary governing body of a school shall also be so treated at any time falling before the school opening date.

(8)Despite subsection (7), nothing in any of the following provisions, namely—

(a)section 36,

(b)section 37(1) or (2), or

(c)(subject to any regulations made by virtue of subsection (5)) any of Schedules 9 to 12,

applies to any temporary governing body.

(9)In this Part “school opening date”, in relation to a new maintained school, means the date when the school first admits pupils.

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Modifications etc. (not altering text)

C51S. 44 applied (with modifications) (1.9.1999) by S.I. 1999/704, reg. 13.

C53S. 44(1) extended (1.9.1999) by S.I. 1999/2243, reg. 5(1).

S. 44(1) restricted (1.9.1999) by S.I. 1999/2243, reg. 6(1).

S. 44(1) extended (1.9.1999) by S.I. 1999/2262, reg. 5(1).

S. 44(1) amended (1.9.1999) by S.I. 1999/2262, reg.7.

C54S. 44(5) modified (20.11.1998) by S.I. 1998/2670, reg.3(1)(2)

C55S. 44(6) modified (20.11.1998) by S.I. 1998/2670, reg.3(1)

Commencement Information

I14S. 44 wholly in force at 1.9.1999; s. 44 not in force at Royal Assent see s. 145(3); s. 44(5)(6) in force at 1.10.1998 by S.I. 1998/2212, art. 2, Sch. 1, Pt. I; s. 44 in force at 1.9.1999, in so far as not already in force, by S.I. 1999/2323, art. 2(1), Sch. 1 (with arts. 3-5, Schs. 5-7).

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C56Pt. II, Chapter IV (ss. 45-53) modified (20.11.1998) by S.I. 1998/2670, reg. 3(1)(3)

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45 Maintained schools to have budget shares.E

(1)For the purposes of the financing of maintained schools by local education authorities, every such school shall have, for each financial year, a budget share which is allocated to it by the authority which maintains it.

(2)Sections [F5445A] and 47 have effect for determining the amount of a school’s budget share for a financial year.

(3)In this Chapter—

(a)references to schools maintained by a local education authority do not include schools which are not maintained schools as defined by section 20(7);

(b)references, in a context referring to a local education authority, to a maintained school or to a school maintained by such an authority shall be read as including a new school—

(i)which on implementation of proposals under [F55any enactment] will be a community, foundation or voluntary school or a community or foundation special school maintained by the authority, and

(ii)which has a temporary governing body; and

(c)references to the governing body of a maintained school or of a school maintained by a local education authority shall accordingly be read as including the temporary governing body of a new school falling within paragraph (b).

(4)In this Chapter “new school” (without more) has the meaning given by section 72(3).

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E2This version of this provision extends to England only; a separate version has been created for Wales only.

Amendments (Textual)

Modifications etc. (not altering text)

C57S. 45(3)(4) modified (20.11.1998) by S.I. 1998/2670, reg. 3(4)

45 Maintained schools to have budget shares.W

(1)For the purposes of the financing of maintained schools by local education authorities, every such school shall have, for each financial year, a budget share which is allocated to it by the authority which maintains it.

(2)Sections 46 and 47 have effect for determining the amount of a school’s budget share for a financial year.

(3)In this Chapter—

(a)references to schools maintained by a local education authority do not include schools which are not maintained schools as defined by section 20(7);

(b)references, in a context referring to a local education authority, to a maintained school or to a school maintained by such an authority shall be read as including a new school—

(i)which on implementation of proposals under [F189any enactment] will be a community, foundation or voluntary school or a community or foundation special school maintained by the authority, and

(ii)which has a temporary governing body; and

(c)references to the governing body of a maintained school or of a school maintained by a local education authority shall accordingly be read as including the temporary governing body of a new school falling within paragraph (b).

(4)In this Chapter “new school” (without more) has the meaning given by section 72(3).

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E7This version of this provision extends to Wales only; a separate version has been created for England only.

Amendments (Textual)

Modifications etc. (not altering text)

C57S. 45(3)(4) modified (20.11.1998) by S.I. 1998/2670, reg. 3(4)

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(1)For the purposes of this Part, a local education authority’s “LEA budget” for a financial year is the amount appropriated by the authority for meeting all expenditure by the authority in that year of a class or description prescribed for the purposes of this subsection.

(2)For the purposes of this Part, a local education authority’s “schools budget” for a financial year is the amount appropriated by the authority for meeting all expenditure by the authority in that year of a class or description prescribed for the purposes of this subsection (which may include expenditure incurred otherwise than in respect of schools).

(3)For the purposes of this Part, a local education authority’s “individual schools budget” for a financial year is the amount remaining after deducting from the authority’s schools budget for that year such planned expenditure by the authority in respect of that year as they may determine should be so deducted in accordance with regulations.

(4)Regulations under subsection (3) may—

(a)prescribe classes or descriptions of expenditure which are authorised or required to be deducted from an authority’s schools budget;

(b)provide, in relation to any prescribed class or description of expenditure specified in the regulations, that such expenditure may only be deducted subject to either or both of the following, namely—

(i)such limit or limits (however framed) as may be specified by or determined in accordance with the regulations, and

(ii)such other conditions as may be so specified or determined.

(5)Before the end of January in any financial year, a local education authority shall—

(a)determine the proposed amount of their schools budget for the following financial year, and

(b)give notice of their determination to the Secretary of State and to the governing body of every school maintained by the authority.]

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Amendments (Textual)

F56S. 45A inserted (1.10.2002 for E. otherwise prosp.) by Education Act 2002 (c.32), ss. 41(1), 216 (with ss. 210(8), 214(4)); S.I. 2002/2439, art. 3 (with Sch.)

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(1)If it appears to the Secretary of State that, in all the circumstances, the amount proposed in a notice under section 45A(5) as a local education authority’s schools budget for a financial year is inadequate, the Secretary of State may, within the period of fourteen days beginning with the day on which the notice was given, give the authority a notice under subsection (4) or (5).

(2)If at the end of January in any financial year a local education authority have failed to give the Secretary of State a notice under section 45A(5) in relation to their schools budget for the following financial year, the Secretary of State may, at any time after the end of that January, give the authority a notice under subsection (4) or (5).

(3)In this section and section 45C “the year under consideration” means the financial year to which the notice under section 45A(5) relates or, in a case falling within subsection (2), the financial year in relation to which such a notice ought to have been given.

(4)A notice under this subsection is a notice determining the minimum amount of the authority’s schools budget for the year under consideration.

(5)A notice under this subsection is a notice which—

(a)specifies the amount which the Secretary of State would have determined as the minimum amount of the authority’s schools budget for the year under consideration if he had acted under subsection (4), and

(b)states the Secretary of State’s intention to determine the minimum amount of the authority’s schools budget for the following financial year.

(6)A notice under subsection (4) or (5) must include a statement of the Secretary of State’s reasons for giving the notice.

(7)The Secretary of State may act under different subsections in relation to different authorities.

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Amendments (Textual)

F57Ss. 45B, 45C inserted (1.10.2002 for E. otherwise prosp.) by Education Act 2002 (c.32), ss. 42, 216 (with ss. 210(8), 214(4)); S.I. 2002/2439, art. 3 (with Sch.)

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(1)The local education authority may, within the period of fourteen days beginning with the date of a notice under section 45B(4), give the Secretary of State notice of their objection to his determination, giving reasons for their objection.

(2)Where the local education authority have given notice of their objection under subsection (1), the notice under section 45B(4) shall cease to have effect, but the Secretary of State may by order prescribe the minimum amount of the authority’s schools budget for the year under consideration.

(3)The amount prescribed under subsection (2) must not be greater than the amount specified in the notice under section 45B(4).

(4)An order under subsection (2) may relate to two or more authorities.

(5)No order under subsection (2) may be made in relation to one or more authorities in England unless a draft of the order has been laid before and approved by a resolution of the House of Commons.

(6)Where—

(a)a notice under section 45B(4) has been given to a local education authority and no notice of objection has been given during the period specified in subsection (1), or

(b)an order has been made under subsection (2),

the local education authority shall determine a schools budget for the year under consideration which is not less than the amount specified in relation to the authority in the notice or order.]

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Amendments (Textual)

F57Ss. 45B, 45C inserted (1.10.2002 for E. otherwise prosp.) by Education Act 2002 (c.32), ss. 42, 216 (with ss. 210(8), 214(4)); S.I. 2002/2439, art. 3 (with Sch.)

46Determination of LEA’s local schools budget and individual schools budget.E+W

[F58(1)For the purposes of this Part a local education authority’s “local schools budget” for a financial year is the amount appropriated by the authority for meeting all expenditure by the authority in that year of a class or description prescribed for the purposes of this subsection (which may include expenditure incurred otherwise than in respect of schools).

(2)For the purposes of this Part a local education authority’s “individual schools budget” for a financial year is the amount remaining after deducting from the authority’s local schools budget for that year such planned expenditure by the authority in respect of the year as they may determine should be so deducted in accordance with regulations.

(3)Regulations under subsection (2) may—

(a)prescribe classes or descriptions of expenditure which are authorised or required to be deducted from an authority’s local schools budget; and

(b)provide, in relation to any prescribed class or description of expenditure specified in the regulations, that such expenditure may only be so deducted subject to either or both of the following, namely—

(i)such limit or limits (however framed) as may be specified by the regulations; and

(ii)such other conditions as may be so specified.]

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Amendments (Textual)

F58S. 46 repealed (1.10.2002 for E. otherwise prosp.) by Education Act 2002 (c. 32), ss. 41(3), 215(2), 216, Sch. 22 Pt. 3 (with ss. 210(8), 214(4)); S.I. 2002/2439, art. 3 (with Sch.)

47 Determination of school’s budget share.E+W

(1)For the purposes of this Part a maintained school’s budget share for a financial year is such amount as the local education authority may determine, in accordance with regulations, to allocate to the school out of the authority’s individual schools budget for that year.

(2)Regulations under this section may, in particular, make provision—

(a)as to the time when schools’ budget shares are to be initially determined by local education authorities;

(b)specifying—

(i)factors or criteria which such authorities are to take into account, or

(ii)requirements as to other matters with which such authorities are to comply,

in determining such shares, whether generally or in such cases as are specified in the regulations;

(c)requiring adjustments to be made to such shares by such authorities in respect of—

(i)pupils permanently excluded from schools maintained by them, or

(ii)pupils admitted to schools maintained by them who have been permanently excluded from other maintained schools;

(d)as to the treatment of new schools, including provision authorising the determination of nil amounts as the budget shares of such schools;

(e)authorising or requiring such authorities to take account of matters arising during the course of a financial year—

(i)by redetermining budget shares for that year, or

(ii)by making adjustments to such shares for the following year,

in accordance with the regulations, and requiring them in that connection to disregard such matters as may be specified in the regulations;

(f)requiring consultation to be carried out by such authorities in relation to the factors or criteria which are to be taken into account in determining such shares and as to the time and manner of such consultation;

(g)enabling the Secretary of State, where it appears to him to be expedient to do so, to authorise such authorities to determine (or redetermine) budget shares, to such extent as he may specify, in accordance with arrangements approved by him (in place of those provided for by the regulations).

(3)Regulations made in pursuance of subsection (2)(c) may provide for the adjustments to be made on such basis as may be prescribed, which may involve the deduction from one school’s budget share of an amount which is greater or less than that allocated to another school’s budget share in respect of the excluded pupil.

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F59Cross-heading and s. 47A inserted (2.9.2002 for E. otherwise prosp.) by Education Act 2002 (c. 32), ss. 43, 216 (with ss. 210(8), 214(4)); S.I. 2002/2002, art. 4

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(1)Every local education authority shall in accordance with regulations establish for their area before such date as may be prescribed a body, to be known as a schools forum, representing the governing bodies and head teachers of schools maintained by the authority and, if the authority so determine, also representing such bodies as the authority may from time to time in accordance with regulations determine.

(2)Subsection (1) does not apply in relation to the Common Council of the City of London or the Council of the Isles of Scilly.

(3)The purpose of a schools forum is to advise the relevant authority on such matters relating to the authority’s schools budget as may be prescribed by regulations under section 45A(3) or by regulations under this subsection.

(4)Regulations under section 45A(3) or under subsection (3) may include provision requiring a relevant authority to have regard to advice given by their schools forum, or requiring a relevant authority to consult their schools forum in relation to prescribed matters or before taking prescribed decisions.

(5)Regulations may make provision as to the constitution, meetings and proceedings of a schools forum.

(6)Regulations made by virtue of subsection (5) may include provision enabling the Secretary of State in prescribed circumstances to remove from membership of a schools forum any non-schools member.

(7)Regulations may make provision with respect to expenses of a schools forum.

(8)Except as provided by regulations, the expenses of a schools forum shall be defrayed by the relevant authority.

(9)In this section—

  • non-schools member”, in relation to a schools forum, means a member other than a schools member;

  • relevant authority”, in relation to a schools forum, means the local education authority by whom the forum is established;

  • schools member”, in relation to a schools forum, means a member elected to represent governing bodies or head teachers of schools maintained by the relevant authority.]

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48 LEAs’ financial schemes.E+W

(1)Each local education authority shall prepare a scheme dealing with such matters connected with the financing of the schools maintained by the authority [F60or the exercise by the governing bodies of those schools of the power conferred by section 27 of the Education Act 2002 (power of governing body to provide community facilities etc.)] as are required to be dealt with in the scheme by or by virtue of—

(a)regulations made by the Secretary of State; or

(b)any provision of this Part.

(2)Regulations under subsection (1) may, in particular, require a scheme to deal with—

(a)the carrying forward from one financial year to another of surpluses and deficits arising in relation to schools’ budget shares;

(b)amounts which may be charged against schools’ budget shares;

(c)amounts received by schools which may be retained by their governing bodies and the purposes for which such amounts may be used;

(d)the imposition, by or under the scheme, of conditions which must be complied with by schools in relation to the management of their delegated budgets, including conditions prescribing financial controls and procedures;

[F61(dd)the imposition, by or under the scheme, of conditions which must be complied with by schools in relation to the exercise of the powermentioned in subsection (1), including conditions prescribing financial controls and procedures;]

(e)terms on which services and facilities are provided by the authority for schools maintained by them.

(3)Where there is any inconsistency between a scheme prepared by a local education authority under subsection (1) and any other rules or regulations made by the authority which relate to the funding or financial management of schools which they maintain, the terms of the scheme shall prevail.

(4)Schedule 14 (which provides for the approval or imposition of schemes by the Secretary of State and for the revision of schemes) shall have effect.

(5)In this Part any reference to “the scheme”, in relation to a maintained school, is a reference to the scheme prepared (or by virtue of paragraph 1(6) of Schedule 14 treated as prepared) by the local education authority under this section, as from time to time revised under paragraph 2 of that Schedule.

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F60Words in s. 48(1) inserted (2.9.2002 for E. otherwise prosp.) by Education Act 2002 (c. 32), ss. 40, 216, Sch. 3 para. 2(2) (with ss. 210(8), 214(4)); S.I. 2002/2002, art. 4

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C58S. 48 excluded (10.3.1999) by S.I. 1999/362, reg. 6(5).

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49 Maintained schools to have delegated budgets.E

(1)Every maintained school shall have a delegated budget.

(2)A new school shall have a delegated budget as from the school opening date, unless a different date applies by virtue of subsection (3).

(3)Such a school shall have a delegated budget—

(a)as from a date earlier than the school opening date if the local education authority so determine; or

(b)as from a later date if the authority so determine with the written approval of the Secretary of State; or

(c)as from such date as the Secretary of State may determine, if the authority have determined that the school should have a delegated budget as from a later date but that date is not approved by him.

(4)Subject to—

(a)section 50 (right of governing body to spend budget share where school has a delegated budget),

(b)paragraph 4 of Schedule 15 (power of governing body to spend amounts out of budget share where delegation of budget suspended),

(c)section 489(2) of the M15Education Act 1996 (education standards grants), and

(d)any provisions of the scheme,

a local education authority may not delegate to the governing body of any maintained school the power to spend any part of the authority’s [F62LEA budget or schools budget] .

(5)Any amount made available by a local education authority to the governing body of a maintained school (whether under section 50 or otherwise)—

(a)shall remain the property of the authority until spent by the governing body or the head teacher; and

(b)when spent by the governing body or the head teacher, shall be taken to be spent by them or him as the authority’s agent.

(6)Subsection (5)(b) does not apply to any such amount where it is spent—

(a)by way of repayment of the principal of, or interest on, a loan, or

(b)(in the case of a voluntary aided school) to meet [F63expenditure payable by the governing body under paragraph 3(1) of Schedule 3] or paragraph 14(2) of Schedule 6.

(7)In this Part—

(a)references to a school having a delegated budget are references to the governing body of the school being entitled to manage the school’s budget share; and

(b)where a school has a delegated budget the governing body are accordingly said to have a right to a delegated budget.

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E3This version of this provision extends to England only; a separate version has been created for Wales.

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Modifications etc. (not altering text)

C59S. 49(6)(b) modified (20.11.1998) by S.I. 1998/2670, reg. 3(5)

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49 Maintained schools to have delegated budgets.W

(1)Every maintained school shall have a delegated budget.

(2)A new school shall have a delegated budget as from the school opening date, unless a different date applies by virtue of subsection (3).

(3)Such a school shall have a delegated budget—

(a)as from a date earlier than the school opening date if the local education authority so determine; or

(b)as from a later date if the authority so determine with the written approval of the Secretary of State; or

(c)as from such date as the Secretary of State may determine, if the authority have determined that the school should have a delegated budget as from a later date but that date is not approved by him.

(4)Subject to—

(a)section 50 (right of governing body to spend budget share where school has a delegated budget),

(b)paragraph 4 of Schedule 15 (power of governing body to spend amounts out of budget share where delegation of budget suspended),

(c)section 489(2) of the M15Education Act 1996 (education standards grants), and

(d)any provisions of the scheme,

a local education authority may not delegate to the governing body of any maintained school the power to spend any part of the authority’s local schools budget.

(5)Any amount made available by a local education authority to the governing body of a maintained school (whether under section 50 or otherwise)—

(a)shall remain the property of the authority until spent by the governing body or the head teacher; and

(b)when spent by the governing body or the head teacher, shall be taken to be spent by them or him as the authority’s agent.

(6)Subsection (5)(b) does not apply to any such amount where it is spent—

(a)by way of repayment of the principal of, or interest on, a loan, or

(b)(in the case of a voluntary aided school) to meet expenses payable by the governing body under paragraph 3(1) or (2) of Schedule 3 or paragraph 14(2) of Schedule 6.

(7)In this Part—

(a)references to a school having a delegated budget are references to the governing body of the school being entitled to manage the school’s budget share; and

(b)where a school has a delegated budget the governing body are accordingly said to have a right to a delegated budget.

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E8This version of this provision extends to Wales only; a separate version has been created for England.

Modifications etc. (not altering text)

C59S. 49(6)(b) modified (20.11.1998) by S.I. 1998/2670, reg. 3(5)

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50 Effect of financial delegation.E+W

(1)Where a maintained school has a delegated budget in respect of the whole or part of a financial year the local education authority shall secure that in respect of that year there is available to be spent by the governing body—

(a)where the school has a delegated budget in respect of the whole of that year, a sum equal to the school’s budget share for the year, or

(b)where the school has a delegated budget in respect of only part of that year, a sum equal to that portion of the school’s budget share for the year which has not been spent.

(2)The times at which, and the manner in which, any amounts are made available by the authority to the governing body in respect of any such sum shall be such as may be provided by or under the scheme.

(3)Subject to any provision made by or under the scheme, the governing body may spend any such amounts as they think fit—

(a)for any purposes of the school; or

(b)(subject also to any prescribed conditions) for such purposes as may be prescribed.

(4)In subsection (3) “purposes of the school” does not include purposes wholly referable to the provision of—

[F64(za)facilities and services under section 27 of the Education Act 2002 (power of governing body to provide community facilities etc.),]

(a)part-time education suitable to the requirements of persons of any age over compulsory school age, or

(b)full-time education suitable to the requirements of persons who have attained the age of 19;

but any such purposes may be prescribed by regulations under paragraph (b) of that subsection.