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Careers educationE+W

250Careers education in schools: EnglandE+W

(1)Section 43 of the Education Act 1997 (c. 44) (provision of careers education in schools) is amended as follows.

(2)After subsection (2) insert—

(2ZA)Subsection (2ZB) applies to a programme of careers education provided in pursuance of subsection (1) to registered pupils at a school in England that is within subsection (2)(a), (c) or (e).

(2ZB)The programme must include information on—

(a)options available in respect of 16-18 education or training, and

(b)apprenticeships.

(3)In subsection (3) for “subsection (2B)) is” substitute “ subsections (2ZB) and (2B)) is (or are) ”.

(4)In subsection (6), at the appropriate place insert—

apprenticeship” includes employment and training leading to the issue of an apprenticeship certificate under section 3 or 4 of the Apprenticeships, Skills, Children and Learning Act 2009;.

Information about local authority expenditureE+W

251Information about planned and actual expenditureE+W

(1)The Secretary of State may direct a local authority in England to provide information about its planned and actual expenditure in connection with—

(a)its education functions;

(b)its children's social services functions.

(2)The Secretary of State may also direct a local authority in England to provide information about accountable resources held, received or expended by any person in relation to a school maintained by the authority.

(3)Information to which a direction under this section relates must be provided in accordance with the direction.

(4)A direction under this section may (in particular) include provision about—

(a)the period to which information is to relate;

(b)the form and manner in which information is to be provided;

(c)the persons to whom information is to be provided;

(d)the publication of information.

(5)If a direction under this section requires information to be provided to a person other than the Secretary of State, the direction may also require that person to make the information available for inspection in accordance with the direction.

252Information about expenditure: supplementaryE+W

(1)This section applies for the purposes of section 251.

(2)The education functions of a local authority in England are the functions conferred on or exercisable by the authority in its capacity as a local education authority.

(3)The children's social services functions of a local authority in England are—

(a)functions conferred on or exercisable by the authority which are social services functions, so far as those functions relate to children;

(b)functions conferred on the authority under sections 23C to 24D of the Children Act 1989 (c. 41), so far as not within paragraph (a);

(c)functions conferred on the authority, in its capacity as a children's services authority in England, under sections 10 to 12, 12C, 12D and 17A of the Children Act 2004 (c. 31).

(4)Accountable resources”, in relation to a school maintained by a local authority, means resources that are not provided by the authority in its capacity as a local education authority, but in respect of which an obligation is imposed on the school's governing body by virtue of regulations under section 44 of the Education Act 2002 (c. 32) (accounts of maintained schools).

(5)The Secretary of State may by order amend this section for one or more of the following purposes—

(a)adding to the functions that are education functions or children's social services functions;

(b)removing or changing the description of functions that are education functions or children's social services functions.

(6)In this section—

  • children's services authority in England” has the meaning given by section 65(1) of the Children Act 2004 (c. 31);

  • social services functions” has the same meaning as in the Local Authority Social Services Act 1970 (c. 42) (see section 1A of that Act).

253Information about expenditure: consequential amendmentsE+W

(1)The School Standards and Framework Act 1998 (c. 31) is amended as follows.

(2)In section 52 (the title of which becomes “Financial statements: Wales”), in subsections (1) and (2) after “local education authority” insert “ in Wales ”.

(3)Omit section 53 (certification of statements by Audit Commission).

Support for participation in education and trainingE+W

254Provision of social security information for purposes of functions under Education and Skills Act 2008E+W

(1)The Education and Skills Act 2008 (c. 25) is amended as follows.

(2)Omit section 15 (supply of social security information for purposes of Part 1).

(3)Section 17 (sharing and use of information held for purposes of support services or functions under Part 1) is amended as follows.

(4)In subsection (1), for “provide relevant information to each other” substitute

(a)provide relevant information to each other;

(b)make arrangements for the holding by either of them of information provided, or which could be provided, under paragraph (a).

(5)In subsection (7), in the definition of “relevant information”, after paragraph (b), insert—

“but does not include information provided under section 72 of the Welfare Reform and Pensions Act 1999;”.

(6)At the end add—

(9)Nothing in this section authorises the disclosure of any information in contravention of any provision of, or made under, this or any other Act (whenever passed or made) which prevents disclosure of the information.

(7)Section 76 (supply of social security information for purposes of support services) is amended as follows.

(8)Omit subsection (1).

(9)For subsections (3) and (4) substitute—

(3)For the purposes of subsection (2), “personal information” in relation to a young person, means the person's name, address and date of birth.

(3A)The Secretary of State may make arrangements with a person for the supply of social security information for the purposes of the provision of services for young persons in pursuance of section 68 or 70(1)(b).

(3B)Social security information may be supplied to—

(a)the Secretary of State, or

(b)a person providing services to the Secretary of State under subsection (3A).

(3C)A person to whom social security information is supplied under subsection (3B) may supply the information to a local education authority or other person involved in the provision of services for young persons or relevant young adults in pursuance of section 68 or 70(1)(b) for the purpose of the provision of those services.

(3D)Information supplied to a person in reliance on subsection (3C) or this subsection may be supplied in accordance with, or with arrangements made under, section 17(1).

(3E)Information supplied to a person in reliance on subsection (3B), (3C) or (3D) may be disclosed—

(a)for the purpose of the provision of services in pursuance of section 68 or 70(1)(b),

(b)for the purpose of enabling or assisting the exercise of any function of a local education authority under Part 1,

(c)in accordance with any provision of, or made under, any other Act,

(d)in accordance with an order of a court or tribunal,

(e)for the purpose of actual or contemplated proceedings before a court or tribunal,

(f)with consent given by or on behalf of the person to whom the information relates, or

(g)in such a way as to prevent the identification of the person to whom it relates.

(4)It is an offence for a person to disclose restricted information otherwise than in accordance with this section.

(4A)For the purposes of subsection (4), “restricted information”, in relation to a person, means information that was disclosed to the person—

(a)in reliance on subsection (3B), (3C) or (3D), or

(b)in circumstances that constitute an offence under this section.

255Provision of other information in connection with support servicesE+W

(1)The Education and Skills Act 2008 (c. 25) is amended as follows.

(2)In section 69(1) (directions), after paragraph (a) insert—

(aa)requiring the authority to secure that any person by whom such services are provided (whether the authority or any other person) provides such relevant information (within the meaning of section 76A) as the Secretary of State may require to—

(i)the Secretary of State, or

(ii)a person providing services to the Secretary of State under section 76A;.

(3)After section 76 insert—

76ASupply of information by Secretary of State or person providing services

(1)The Secretary of State may make arrangements with any other person for the holding and supply of information in connection with, or for the purposes of, the provision of services in pursuance of section 68 or 70(1)(b).

(2)In this section “relevant information”, in relation to a person by whom services are provided under section 68 or 70(1)(b), means information which—

(a)is obtained by a person involved in the provision of those services in, or in connection with, the provision of those services,

(b)relates to a person for whom those services are provided;

but does not include information provided under section 72 of the Welfare Reform and Pensions Act 1999.

(3)Relevant information may be supplied to—

(a)the Secretary of State, or

(b)a person providing services to the Secretary of State under this section.

(4)Information supplied under subsection (3) may be supplied to any person involved in the provision of services in pursuance of section 68 or 70(1)(b) for the purposes of the provision of those services.

(5)Except as provided by subsection (4), information supplied in reliance on subsection (3) must not be disclosed in such a way that the identity of the individual is disclosed to, or capable of being discovered by, the person to whom it is disclosed.

(6)Nothing in this section authorises the disclosure of any information in contravention of any provision of, or made under, this or any other Act (whenever passed or made) which prevents disclosure of the information.

Further education corporationsE+W

256Further education corporations in England: co-operation and promotion of well-beingE+W

(1)The Further and Higher Education Act 1992 (c. 13) is amended as follows.

(2)In section 19 (supplementary powers of a further education corporation), after subsection (8) add—

(9)A further education corporation may provide advice or assistance to any other person where it appears to the corporation to be appropriate for them to do so for the purpose of or in connection with the provision of education by the other person.

(3)After that section insert—

19ADuty in relation to promotion of well-being of local area

(1)This section applies to a further education corporation established in respect of an educational institution in England.

(2)In exercising their functions under sections 18 and 19, the corporation must—

(a)have regard, amongst other things, to the objective of promoting the economic and social well-being of the local area, and

(b)in doing so, have regard to any guidance issued by the Secretary of State about co-operation with a view, directly or indirectly, to advancing that objective.

(3)In subsection (2)—

(a)the reference to the well-being of an area includes a reference to the well-being of people who live or work in the area;

(b)co-operation”, in relation to a further education corporation, means any form of co-operation, including consulting, seeking advice or assistance from, providing advice or assistance to, or collaborating or otherwise participating in joint working with, other educational institutions, employers or other persons (who may be, or include, persons outside the local area).

(4)In this section, “the local area”, in relation to a further education corporation, means the locality of the institution in respect of which they are established.

(5)Nothing in this section is to be taken to affect the operation of section 49A.

Student loansE+W+N.I.

257Student loans under the 1998 Act: IVAsE+W+N.I.

(1)The Teaching and Higher Education Act 1998 (c. 30) is amended as set out in subsections (2) and (3).

(2)In section 22(3) (new arrangements for giving financial support to students), after paragraph (f) insert—

(g)with respect to sums which a borrower receives, or is entitled to receive, under such a loan before or after a voluntary arrangement under Part 8 of the Insolvency Act 1986 or Part 8 of the Insolvency (Northern Ireland) Order 1989 (individual voluntary arrangements) takes effect in respect of the borrower;

(h)excluding or modifying the application of Part 8 of that Act, or Part 8 of that Order, in relation to liability to make repayments in respect of such a loan (whether the repayments relate to sums which the borrower receives, or is entitled to receive, before or after a voluntary arrangement takes effect in respect of the borrower).

(3)In section 46(8) (provisions extending to Northern Ireland), in the entry relating to section 22, for “(3)(e) or (f)” substitute “ (3)(e), (f), (g) or (h) ”.

(4)Nothing in this section affects a voluntary arrangement that takes effect before this section comes into force.

258Student loans under the 1990 Act: IVAs and bankruptcyE+W+N.I.

(1)Subsections (2) to (5) have effect in relation to the Education (Student Loans) Act 1990 (c. 6) to the extent that that Act continues in force by virtue of any savings made, in connection with its repeal by the Teaching and Higher Education Act 1998 (c. 30), by an order under section 46(4) of that Act.

(2)In Schedule 2 (loans for students), in paragraph 5(1) for “or 310” substitute “ , 310 or 310A ”.

(3)In Schedule 2, after paragraph 5 insert—

5A(1)This paragraph applies to a sum by way of public sector student loan or subsidised private sector student loan that a person (“the debtor”) receives or is entitled to receive before or after a voluntary arrangement under Part 8 of the Insolvency Act 1986 takes effect in respect of the debtor.

(2)The sum is to be ignored for the purposes of the voluntary arrangement.

5B(1)Part 8 of the Insolvency Act 1986 (individual voluntary arrangements) has effect in relation to a student loan debt with the following modifications.

(2)A student loan debt is to be treated as not included among the debtor's debts.

(3)A person to whom a student loan debt is owed is to be treated as not being one of the debtor's creditors.

(4)A “student loan debt” is a debt or liability to which a debtor is or may become subject in respect of a public sector student loan or subsidised private sector student loan.

(4)In Schedule 2, after paragraph 6 insert—

Insolvency: Northern Ireland

7(1)There shall not be treated as part of a bankrupt's estate or claimed for his estate under article 280 or 283 of the Insolvency (Northern Ireland) Order 1989 any sums to which this paragraph applies that the bankrupt receives or is entitled to receive after the commencement of the bankruptcy.

(2)No debt or liability to which a bankrupt is or may become subject in respect of a sum to which this paragraph applies shall be included in the bankrupt's bankruptcy debts.

(3)This paragraph applies to a sum by way of public sector student loan or subsidised private sector student loan payable to the bankrupt pursuant to an agreement entered into by the bankrupt before or after the commencement of the bankruptcy.

8(1)This paragraph applies to a sum by way of public sector student loan or subsidised private sector student loan that a person (“the debtor”) receives or is entitled to receive before or after a voluntary arrangement under Part 8 of the Insolvency (Northern Ireland) Order 1989 takes effect in respect of the debtor.

(2)The sum is to be ignored for the purposes of the voluntary arrangement.

9(1)Part 8 of the Insolvency (Northern Ireland) Order 1989 (individual voluntary arrangements) has effect in relation to a student loan debt with the following modifications.

(2)A student loan debt is to be treated as not included among the debtor's debts.

(3)A person to whom a student loan debt is owed is to be treated as not being one of the debtor's creditors.

(4)A “student loan debt” is a debt or liability to which a debtor is or may become subject in respect of a public sector student loan or subsidised private sector student loan.

(5)In section 4, for subsection (4) (extent) substitute—

(4)This Act does not extend to Northern Ireland, with the following exceptions—

(a)section 1, so far as necessary for the purpose of defining “public sector student loan” and “subsidised private sector student loan”;

(b)section 2;

(c)as respects institutions in Northern Ireland, the power to make regulations under paragraph 2 of Schedule 2;

(d)paragraphs 7 to 9 of Schedule 2.

(6)Nothing in this section affects a voluntary arrangement that takes effect, or a bankruptcy that commences, before this section comes into force.

Foundation degrees: WalesE+W

259Power to award foundation degrees: WalesE+W

(1)In section 76(1)(b) of the Further and Higher Education Act 1992 (c. 13) (power of Privy Council to specify further education institutions in England that may award foundation degrees) omit “in England”.

(2)Within the period of four years beginning with the commencement of subsection (1) of this section, the Welsh Ministers must lay before the National Assembly for Wales a report about its effect.

Complaints: WalesE+W

260Complaints: WalesE+W

(1)Section 29 of the Education Act 2002 (c. 32) (additional functions of governing body) is amended as follows.

(2)In subsection (1) after “maintained school” insert “ in England ”.

(3)In subsection (2) for the words from “(in relation to England)” to the end substitute “ by the Secretary of State ”.

(4)After subsection (2) insert—

(2A)The Welsh Ministers may make regulations establishing procedures in relation to relevant complaints.

(2B)For the purposes of subsection (2A), a “relevant complaint” is a complaint which relates to a maintained school in Wales, or to the provision of facilities or services under section 27 by the governing body of such a school, other than a complaint which falls to be dealt with in accordance with any procedures required to be established in relation to the school by virtue of a statutory provision other than this section.

(2C)Where the Welsh Ministers establish procedures by regulations under subsection (2A), the governing body of a maintained school in Wales shall—

(a)adopt the procedures, and

(b)publicise them in the way specified in the regulations.

(2D)In adopting or publicising procedures established by virtue of subsection (2A), the governing body shall have regard to any guidance given from time to time by the Welsh Ministers.

Local Government Act 1974E+W

261Local Government Act 1974: minor amendmentE+W

In paragraph 5(2) of Schedule 5 to the Local Government Act 1974 (c. 7) (exclusion of matters relating to teaching etc. in any school maintained by local authority), after “authority” insert “ , except so far as relating to special educational needs (within the meaning given by section 312 of the Education Act 1996) ”.

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