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Education Act 2011

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  1. Introduction

  2. Summary and Background

  3. Overview of the Structure of the Act

    1. Part 1: Early years provision

    2. Part 2: Discipline

    3. Part 3: School workforce

    4. Part 4: Qualifications and the Curriculum

    5. Part 5: Educational institutions: other provisions

    6. Part 6: Academies

    7. Part 7: Post-16 education and training

    8. Part 8: Direct payments

    9. Part 9: Student finance

    10. Part 10: General

  4. Territorial Extent and Application

    1. Scotland

    2. Northern Ireland

    3. Wales

  5. Glossary

  6. Commentary on Sections

    1. Part 1: Early Years Provision

      1. Section 1: Free of charge early years provision

    2. Part 2: Discipline

      1. Section 2: power of members of staff to search pupils

      2. Section 3: Power of members of staff at further education institutions to search students

      3. Section 4: Exclusion of pupils from schools in England: review

      4. Schedule 1

      5. Section 5: Repeal of requirement to give notice of detention to parent: England

      6. Section 6: Repeal of duty to enter into behaviour and attendance partnership

    3. Part 3: School Workforce

      1. Abolition of the General Teaching Council for England

        1. Section 7: Abolition of the General Teaching Council for England

        2. Section 8: Functions of Secretary of State in relation to teachers

        3. Section 9: Requirement for teachers in England to serve induction period

        4. Section 10: Abolition of the : transitional provision

        5. Section 11: Abolition of the : consequential amendments

        6. Section 12: Abolition of the : transfer schemes

      2. Reporting restrictions

        1. Section 13: Restrictions on reporting alleged teacher misconduct

      3. Abolition of the Training and Development Agency for Schools

        1. Section 14: Abolition of the Training and Development Agency for Schools

        2. Section 15: Training the school workforce: functions of Secretary of State and Welsh Ministers

        3. Section 16: Abolition of the : consequential amendments

        4. Section 17: Abolition of the : transfer schemes

      4. Abolition of the School Support Staff Negotiating Body

        1. Section 18: Abolition of the School Support Staff Negotiating Body

      5. Staff: minor amendments

        1. Section 19: Staffing of maintained schools: suspension of delegated budget

    4. Part 4: Qualifications and the Curriculum

      1. International comparison surveys

        1. Section 20: Requirement for schools to participate in international surveys

      2. Ofqual

        1. Section 21: The Chief Regulator of Qualifications and Examinations

        2. Schedule 7

        3. Section 22: The qualifications standards objective

        4. Section 23: Enforcement powers

      3. Qualifications: Wales

        1. Section 24: Enforcement powers of Welsh Ministers

      4. Abolition of the Qualifications and Curriculum Development Agency

        1. Section 25: Abolition of the Qualifications and Curriculum Development Agency

        2. Section 26: Abolition of the : consequential amendments

        3. Schedule 8

        4. Section 27: Abolition of the : transfer schemes

      5. Careers education and guidance

        1. Section 28: Education and training support services in England

        2. Section 29: Careers guidance in schools in England

      6. Repeal of the diploma entitlement

        1. Section 30: repeal of diploma entitlement for 16 to 18 year olds

        2. Section 31: repeal of diploma entitlement for fourth key stage

    5. Part 5: Educational Institutions: Other Provisions

      1. Repeal of duties of governing bodies, local authorities and others

        1. Section 32: Duty to prepare and publish a school profile

        2. Section 33: Duty to appoint school improvement partners

        3. Section 34: Duties in relation to school admissions

        4. Section 35: Duties in relation to school meals

      2. Admissions

        1. Section 36: Objections to admission arrangements

      3. New schools

        1. Section 37: Establishment of new schools

        2. Schedule 11

      4. Governing bodies: constitution and dissolution

        1. Section 38: Constitution of governing bodies: maintained schools in England

        2. Section 39: Discontinuance of federated school: governing body not to be dissolved

      5. Standards

        1. Section 40: School inspections: exempt schools

        2. Section 41: School inspections: matters to be covered in Chief Inspector’s report

        3. Section 42: Inspection of further education institutions: exempt institutions

        4. Section 43: Inspection of boarding accommodation

        5. Section 44: Schools causing concern: powers of Secretary of State

        6. Section 45: Complaints: repeal of power to complain to Local Commissioner

      6. Finance

        1. Section 46: Local authorities’ financial schemes

        2. Section 47: Payments in respect of dismissal,

        3. Section 48: Determination of permitted charges

      7. Further education institutions

        1. Section 49: Further education institutions: amendments

        2. Schedule 12

      8. Pupil referral units

        1. Section 50: financing of pupil referral units

        2. Section 51: repeal of provision changing name of pupil referral units

    6. Part 6: Academies

      1. Academy arrangements

        1. Section 52: Academies: removal of requirement to have specialism

        2. Section 53: Academy arrangements: post-16 education and alternative provision

        3. Section 54: Consequential amendments: 16 to 19 Academies and alternative provision Academies

        4. Schedule 13

      2. Academy orders

        1. Section 55: Academy orders: involvement of religious bodies

        2. Section 56: Academies: consultation on conversion

        3. Section 57: Academy conversions: federated schools

        4. Section 58: Academy orders: local authority powers

        5. Section 59: Transfer of property, rights and liabilities to Academies

      3. Academies: other provisions

        1. Section 60: Academies: new and expanded educational institutions

        2. Section 61: charges at boarding Academies

        3. Section 62: staff at Academies with religious character

        4. Section 63: Academies: land

        5. Schedule 14

        6. Section 64: Academy admissions arrangements: references to adjudicator

        7. Section 65: Academies: minor amendments

        8. Schedule 15

    7. Part 7: Post-16 Education and Training

      1. Abolition of the Young People’s Learning Agency for England

        1. Section 66: Abolition of the Young People’s Learning Agency for England

        2. Section 67: abolition of the : consequential amendments

        3. Schedule 16

        4. Section 68: Abolition of the : transfer schemes

      2. Apprenticeships

        1. Section 69: The apprenticeship offer

        2. Schedule 18

        3. Section 70: Securing the provision of apprenticeship training

        4. Section 71: apprenticeship certificates

      3. The Chief Executive of Skills Funding

        1. Section 72: Consultation by Chief Executive of Skills Funding

        2. Section 73: Functions of the Chief Executive of Skills Funding

      4. Raising the participation age: commencement

        1. Section 74: Duty to participate in education or training: commencement

    8. Part 8: Direct Payments

      1. Section 75: Direct payments: persons with special educational needs or subject to learning difficulty assessment

    9. Part 9: Student Finance

      1. Section 76: Student loans: interest rates

      2. Section 77: Limit on student fees: part-time courses

  7. Commencement Dates

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