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SCHEDULE 2MATTERS TO BE DEALT WITH IN SINGLE EDUCATION PLANS

PART 2Strategies

2.  A Single Education Plan must include, for the period referred to in regulation 5, the strategies referred to in this Part.

3.  A statement setting out the authority’s strategy for improving the performance of schools maintained by the authority, including their strategies for the following—

(a)support for schools—

(i)whose performance is significantly worse than for other schools in Wales with comparable levels of pupils entitled to free school meals; or

(ii)which have been inspected by a registered inspector, whose inspection report states that in the inspector’s opinion special measures are required to be taken in relation to the school, or the school requires significant improvement, and that the Chief Inspector agrees with that opinion; or

(iii)which have been inspected by a member of the Inspectorate whose inspection report states that in the inspector’s opinion special measures are required to be taken in relation to the school, or the school requires significant improvement;

(b)support for schools in improving pupil transition between the second key stage and third;

(c)support to schools to improve standards of literacy or numeracy, including provision for improving the basic skills of under-attainers;

(d)provision for pupils with learning needs which are significantly greater than those of the majority of their peers;

(e)support for schools which is aimed at keeping pupils in school and reintegrating excluded pupils;

(f)support to schools to develop community focus;

(g)support for linguistic continuity in the Welsh language; and

(h)support to schools to improve pupil attendance.

4.  A statement setting out the authority’s strategy, and the provision they propose to make, whether part time or full time, for pupils who by reason of illness, exclusion, or otherwise are not attending school, and for raising the standards of education of such pupils.

5.  A statement setting out the authority’s strategy for planning school places (including the action they consider is needed to match supply of school places with identified need), taking into account—

(a)any projected reduction or growth in pupil numbers in any part of the authority’s area which would result in a surplus or deficit of available places;

(b)any existing levels of surplus places and incidence of overcrowding;

(c)demand for Welsh medium places;

(d)demand for places at faith schools;

(e)the need to bring all school buildings up to a fit standard for delivery of the National Curriculum for Wales and, where appropriate, to do so in a way which facilitates community use of school premises;

(f)the legal requirements to secure compliance with the statutory limit on infant class sizes prescribed under section 1 of the 1998 Act(1), and the desirability of limiting junior classes to 30 pupils;

(g)the need to secure nursery education (in accordance with requirements imposed by virtue of Regulations under section 118 of the 1998 Act)(2);

(h)their legal responsibilities under the Disability Discrimination Act 1995(3), or any other legislation, to improve access for disabled pupils and to facilitate access for disabled employees and other users of school premises;

(i)the need to provide post-16 school places; and

(j)the need to provide for pupils with special educational needs in special schools maintained by the authority, or in special units attached to other categories of schools so maintained, or by placement in non-maintained special schools or in independent schools.

6.  A statement setting out how the authority proposes to monitor progress in respect of each of its strategies referred to in this Part.

(1)

The Education (Infant Class Sizes) (Wales) Regulations 1998 (S.I. 1998/1943) specifies the infant class size limits to ordinarily be 30.

(2)

See the Education (Nursery Education and Early Years Development and Childcare Plans) (Wales) Regulations 2003, S.I. 2003/893, (W.113) as amended by Education (Nursery Education and Early Years Development and Childcare Plans) (Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2005 S.I. 2005/1813, (W. 143).