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19Parenting contracts in cases of [F1misbehaviour at] school or truancyE+W

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(1)This section applies where a pupil has been excluded on disciplinary grounds from a relevant school for a fixed period or permanently.

[F2(1A)This section also applies where a [F3local authority] or the governing body of a relevant school have reason to believe that a child who is a registered pupil at a relevant school has engaged in behaviour connected with the school which—

(a)has caused, or is likely to cause—

(i)significant disruption to the education of other pupils, or

(ii)significant detriment to the welfare of the child himself or of other pupils or to the health or safety of any staff, or

(b)forms part of a pattern of behaviour which (if continued) will give rise to a risk of future exclusion from the school on disciplinary grounds.

(1B)For the purposes of subsection (1A) the child's behaviour is connected with the school to the extent that it consists of—

(a)conduct at the school, or

(b)conduct elsewhere in circumstances in which it would be reasonable for the school to regulate his conduct.]

(2)This section also applies where a child of compulsory school age has failed to attend regularly at —

[F4(a)a relevant school at which he is a registered pupil,

(b)any place at which education is provided for him in the circumstances mentioned in subsection (1) [F5or (1A)] of section 444ZA of the Education Act 1996, and

(c)any place at which he is required to attend in the circumstances mentioned in subsection [F6(1B) or] (2) of that section.]

(3)A [F3local authority] or the governing body of a relevant school may enter into a parenting contract with a parent of the pupil or child.

(4)A parenting contract is a document which contains—

(a)a statement by the parent that he agrees to comply with such requirements as may be specified in the document for such period as may be so specified, and

(b)a statement by the [F3local authority] or governing body that it agrees to provide support to the parent for the purpose of complying with those requirements.

(5)The requirements mentioned in subsection (4) may include (in particular) a requirement to attend a counselling or guidance programme.

(6)The purpose of the requirements mentioned in subsection (4)—

(a)in a case falling within subsection (1) [F7or (1A)], is to improve the behaviour of the pupil,

(b)in a case falling within subsection (2), is to ensure that the child attends regularly at the relevant school at which he is a registered pupil.

(7)A parenting contract must be signed by the parent and signed on behalf of the [F3local authority] or governing body.

(8)A parenting contract does not create any obligations in respect of whose breach any liability arises in contract or in tort.

(9)[F3local authorities] and governing bodies of relevant schools must, in carrying out their functions in relation to parenting contracts, have regard to any guidance which is issued by the appropriate person from time to time for that purpose.

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F1Words in s. 19 heading substituted (1.9.2007 for E., 31.10.2010 for W.) by Education and Inspections Act 2006 (c. 40), ss. 97(4), 188(3); S.I. 2007/1801, art. 3(c); S.I. 2010/2543, art. 2(g)

F2S. 19(1A)(1B) inserted (1.9.2007 for E., 31.10.2010 for W.) by Education and Inspections Act 2006 (c. 40), ss. 97(2), 188(3); S.I. 2007/1801, art. 3(c); S.I. 2010/2543, art. 2(g)

F4S. 19(2)(a)-(c) substituted for words in (2) (1.9.2005 for E., 1.9.2006 for W.) by Education Act 2005 (c. 18), s. 125(4), Sch. 18 para. 15 (with s. 119); S.I. 2005/2034, art. 4; S.I 2006/1338, art. 3, Sch. 1

F7Words in s. 19(6) substituted (1.9.2007 for E., 31.10.2010 for W.) by Education and Inspections Act 2006 (c. 40), ss. 97(3), 188(3); S.I. 2007/1801, art. 3(c); S.I. 2010/2543, art. 2(g)

Commencement Information

I1S. 19 in force at 27.2.2004 for E. by S.I. 2003/3300, art. 4(a)

I2S. 19 in force at 11.5.2006 for W. by S.I. 2006/1278, art. 2

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