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Deregulation Act 2015

Publication of reports

793.Paragraph 6 removes a number of duties of governing bodies relating to the dissemination of Ofsted reports and reports of religious inspections. The provisions amended by this paragraph form part of the law of England and Wales but apply to England only. The amendments come into force on a day to be appointed by the Secretary of State in a commencement order.

794.Paragraph 6(2)(a) repeals the duty of the governing body to provide a copy of a report about the investigation of a complaint about a school to registered parents of registered pupils at the school to which the complaint relates. Paragraph 6(2)(b) repeals the duty of the governing body to make a copy of any interim statement available for inspection by members of the public, to provide one copy of the statement free of charge to any person who asks for one, and to secure that every registered parent of a registered pupil at the school receives a copy of the statement.

795.Paragraph 6(3) replaces the duty of the governing body to make a copy of all inspection reports it receives available for public inspection, to provide a copy to anyone who asks for one, and to make arrangements for parents of pupils at the school to receive a copy of the report with a new duty to secure that every registered parent of a registered pupil at the school is informed of the overall assessment contained in the report of the quality of education provided in the school.

796.Paragraph 6(4) replaces the duty of the governing body to ensure that any report on outcomes from a religious inspection is made available for inspection by members of the public, that a copy is sent to every parent of pupils who receive denominational education at the school (or who take part in acts of collective worship to which the inspection relates) and that a copy is provided to anyone else who asks. Instead, it requires governing bodies to secure that every registered parent of a registered pupil at the school is informed of the overall assessment contained in the report of the quality of the denominational education provided by the school and the content of the school’s collective worship.

797.Paragraph 6(5). From September 2012 schools have been required, under the School Information (England) Regulations 2008 (the “2008 Regulations”), as amended, to publish on their website information as to where and by what means parents may access the most recent Ofsted report about the school. These regulations also ensure that schools provide a paper copy of any information to parents on request and free of charge. Paragraph 6(5) amends the 2008 Regulations to require a voluntary or foundation school which has been designated as having a religious character, to provide information as to where and by what means parents may access the most recent report about the denominational education and content of the school’s collective worship as sent to the governing body.

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