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Education and Inspections Act 2006

Section 7: Invitation for proposals for establishment of new schools

46.This section provides that a local education authority in England may publish a notice inviting proposals (other than from local education authorities) for the establishment of a new foundation, voluntary, or foundation special school, or Academy.

47.Its provisions in part re-enact those of section 66 of the 2005 Act, which applied to secondary schools only, and now extends them to primary schools and special schools.

48.Subsection (3) specifies the basic information that the notice must contain, and provides that other information, and the manner in which the notice must be published, may be prescribed in regulations.

49.Subsection (4) provides that regulations shall prescribe the information that proposals brought forward in response to the notice must contain, and that they shall be submitted to the authority before the date specified in the notice.

50.Subsection (5) provides that after the date specified in the notice, a local education authority must publish any proposals received, and may publish proposals of its own for a foundation or foundation special school or, in cases where section 8 allows this, for a community or community special school.

51.Subsection (6) provides that regulations may prescribe the time within which proposals must be published, the manner in which they must be published, and the information which they must contain.

52.Subsection (7) provides for Schedule 2 to have effect in relation to the consideration, approval, and implementation of proposals.

53.Schedule 2 provides for the proposals to be decided by the local education authority or adjudicator, in place of the school organisation committee and adjudicator. Amongst other things the Schedule includes provision for objections and comments to be made in respect of proposals; for related proposals to be decided together; for proposals under section 7, 10 or 11 to be decided by the adjudicator if they include proposals by local education authorities or relate to the establishment of certain foundation schools; for the Secretary of State to be able to direct that proposals under section 7 should be decided by the adjudicator; and for diocesan authorities, the Learning and Skills Council for England, proposers and governing bodies to be able to ensure that proposals are referred to the adjudicator in certain circumstances.  It also makes provision for the implementation of proposals.

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