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1. (1) These Regulations may be cited as the Collaboration Arrangements (Maintained Schools and Further Education Bodies) (England) Regulations 2007 and come into force on 25th May 2007.
(2) These Regulations apply in relation to England.
2. (1) In these Regulations—
“the 1992 Act” means the Further and Higher Education Act 1992(1);
“the 2006 Act” means the Education and Inspections Act 2006;
“associate member” has the meaning given in regulation 6;
“instrument and articles” in relation to a further education body, means the instrument and articles of government in force under section 22 or 29 of the 1992 Act, as the case may be;
“institution” means an institution which the further education body is established to conduct in exercise of its powers under the 1992 Act;
“the principal” means the principal of an institution or any person acting as principal; and
“the Procedures Regulations” means the School Governance (Procedures) (England) Regulations 2003(2).
(2) Any reference in these Regulations to a governing body is a reference to the governing body of a maintained school.
3. (1) A governing body, whether alone or together with other governing bodies, may make collaboration arrangements with one or more further education bodies, subject to regulations 16 to 18 of the Procedures Regulations.
(2) A further education body, whether alone or together with other further education bodies, may make collaboration arrangements with one or more governing bodies, subject to the provisions of their instrument and articles.
(3) A further education body may make collaboration arrangements with one or more further education bodies, subject to the provisions of their instrument and articles.
(4) Where a governing body makes collaboration arrangements in accordance with paragraph (1) in respect of any of their functions relating to individual members of the school staff, the School Staffing (England) Regulations 2003(3) apply to the discharge of such functions.
(5) Where a further education body makes collaboration arrangements in accordance with paragraphs (2) or (3) in respect of any of their functions relating to individual members of the institution’s staff, the relevant provisions of the instrument and articles apply to the discharge of such functions.
(6) Subject to paragraph (7), where collaborating bodies make arrangements in accordance with paragraphs (1), (2) or (3), they may also delegate the discharge of any of their functions to a joint committee established by them.
(7) Where the collaborating body is—
(a)a governing body, that body may only delegate such functions to a joint committee as may be delegated to a committee under regulation 16 of the Procedures Regulations,
(b)a further education body, that body may only delegate such functions to a joint committee as may be delegated to a committee under the relevant provisions of its instrument and articles.
4. (1) The collaborating bodies must determine, and review annually, the constitution, terms of reference and (subject to regulation 6) membership of any joint committee they decide to establish.
(2) A joint committee must determine the quorum for any of its meetings which must not be fewer than three persons, each of whom is a member of any of the collaborating bodies.
(3) A joint committee must appoint a chair annually and may remove its chair from office at any time.
5. (1) A joint committee must appoint a clerk (who must not be a head teacher or a principal) and may remove the clerk from office at any time.
(2) A joint committee may, if the clerk fails to attend one of its meetings, appoint any one of its members (who is not a head teacher or a principal) to act as clerk for the purposes of that meeting.
(3) The clerk must—
(a)convene meetings of the joint committee;
(b)attend meetings of the joint committee and ensure that minutes of the proceedings are drawn up; and
(c)perform any other functions determined by the joint committee.
6. (1) In these Regulations “associate member” means a person who is appointed by a joint committee as a member of it but who is not a member of a collaborating body.
(2) Subject to paragraph (7), the term of office of an associate member is four years or a shorter period (not being less than one year), as determined by the joint committee at the date of his appointment.
(3) Nothing in this regulation prevents an associate member from being reappointed at the expiration of his term of office.
(4) Any person who is disqualified from holding office as a governor under regulation 21 of the School Governance (Constitution) (England) Regulations 2007(4) and any person who is ineligible to be a member of a further education body under the instrument and articles is disqualified from holding, or continuing to hold, office as an associate member of a joint committee.
(5) Subject to paragraph (6), the collaborating bodies must determine the voting rights of associate members.
(6) An associate member must not vote on any resolution concerning—
(b)pupil or student discipline;
(c)an individual pupil or student (not falling within sub-paragraph (a) or (b)) or member of staff if the associate member was excluded under regulation 7(2) from that part of the meeting during which it was considered; or
(d)the budget and financial commitments of a collaborating body.
(7) A joint committee may remove an associate member from office at any time.
7. (1) Subject to regulation 9 and to the Schedule the following persons are entitled to attend any meeting of a joint committee—
(a)any member of the joint committee, provided he is not a member of a governing body who has been suspended in accordance with regulation 15 of the Procedures Regulations;
(b)a head teacher of a collaborating body, whether or not he is a member of the joint committee;
(c)a principal of a collaborating body, whether or not he is a member of the joint committee;
(d)the clerk to the joint committee; and
(e)such other persons as the joint committee may determine.
(2) A joint committee may exclude an associate member from any part of its meeting when the business under consideration concerns an individual member of staff, or an individual pupil or student.
8. (1) The clerk must convene meetings of the joint committee and, when exercising this function, he must comply with any direction given by—
(a)the joint committee;
(b)the chair of the joint committee, so far as such direction is not inconsistent with any direction given under sub-paragraph (a).
(2) Subject to any direction given in accordance with paragraph (1), at least seven clear days in advance the clerk must give to each member of the joint committee and to the head teachers and principals of the collaborating bodies (whether or not they are members of the joint committee)—
(a)written notice of the meeting,
(b)a copy of the agenda for the meeting, and
(c)any reports or other papers to be considered at the meeting,
provided that where the chair of the joint committee so determines on the ground that there are matters demanding urgent consideration, it will be sufficient if the written notice of the meeting states that fact and the notice, agenda and reports or other papers to be considered at the meeting are given within such shorter period as he directs.
(3) The proceedings of a joint committee are not invalidated by—
(a)any vacancy among its number; or
(b)any defect in the appointment of any member of the joint committee.
(4) No vote on any matter may be taken at a meeting of a joint committee unless the majority of members of the joint committee present are members of a collaborating body.
(5) Every question to be decided at a meeting of a joint committee must be determined by a majority of the votes of the members of the joint committee present and voting on the question.
(6) Where there is an equal division of votes the person who is acting as chair for the purposes of the meeting has a second or casting vote, provided that person is a member of a collaborating body.
9. (1) In this regulation and in the Schedule “relevant person” means a member of the joint committee, a head teacher or a principal of a collaborating body (in each case, whether or not he is a member of the joint committee) or the clerk to the joint committee.
(2) Subject to paragraph (4), where—
(a)in relation to any matter there may be a conflict between the interests of a relevant person and the interests of a collaborating body;
(b)a fair hearing is required and there is any reasonable doubt about a relevant person’s ability to act impartially in relation to any matter; or
(c)a relevant person has a pecuniary interest in any matter,
that person, if present at a meeting of the joint committee at which the matter is the subject of consideration, must disclose his interest, withdraw from the meeting and not vote on the matter in question.
(3) Nothing in this regulation or in the Schedule shall be construed as precluding—
(a)the joint committee from—
(i)allowing a person who appears to them to be able to give evidence to attend any hearing conducted by them into any matter and to present his evidence; or
(ii)hearing representations from a relevant person acting in a capacity other than that of a relevant person;
(b)a relevant person from entering into a contract with a collaborating body from which he is entitled to profit.
(4) A person who is acting as the clerk to a meeting of the joint committee is not required to withdraw from a meeting by this regulation or the Schedule unless his appointment to office, his remuneration, or disciplinary action against him is the subject of consideration, but if this regulation or the Schedule would have otherwise required him to withdraw, he must not act in any capacity other than that of clerk.
(5) Where there is any dispute as to whether a relevant person is required by this regulation to withdraw from a meeting of the joint committee and not vote that question must be determined by the other members of the joint committee present at the meeting.
(6) The Schedule makes provision for pecuniary interests and other specified conflicts of interest.
10. (1) Minutes of the proceedings of a meeting of a joint committee must be drawn up by the clerk or by the person acting as the clerk for the purposes of the meeting and must be signed (subject to the approval of the joint committee) by the chair of the next meeting of the joint committee.
(2) Subject to paragraph (3) the joint committee must as soon as reasonably practicable—
(a)make available for inspection at the request of any interested person, and
(b)give to the collaborating bodies
a copy of the agenda and signed minutes or the draft minutes, if they have been approved by the chair, for every meeting and any report or other paper considered at the meeting.
(3) The joint committee may exclude from any item required to be made available in pursuance of paragraph (2) any material relating to—
(a)a named person who works, or who it is proposed should work, for a collaborating body;
(b)a named pupil or student at, or candidate for admission to, a collaborating body;
(c)any other matter that, by reason of its nature, the joint committee is satisfied should remain confidential.
Minister of State
Department for Education and Skills
25th April 2007
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