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School Education (Amendment) (Scotland) Act 2002

2002 asp 2

The Bill for this Act of the Scottish Parliament was passed by the Parliament on 20th December 2001 and received Royal Assent on 22 January 2002

An Act of the Scottish Parliament to amend the law about the provision of education for children under school age for whom placing requests have been made; and to make provision relating to the abolition of the post of assistant headteacher.


1 Placing requests: children under school ageS

(1)In section 28A of the Education (Scotland) Act 1980 (c.44) (duty of education authority to comply with placing requests)—

(a)in subsection (1)—

(i)for “child of school age” there shall be substituted “ qualifying child ”; and

(ii)for “and (3A)” there shall be substituted “ , (3A) and (3F) ”;

(b)after subsection (3D) there shall be inserted—

(3F)Where an education authority are carrying out the duty imposed on them by subsection (1) above in respect of a child such as is mentioned in subsection (6)(c) below, they shall place the child in the specified school—

(a)on the date (being the date fixed for that school under section 32(1) and (2) of this Act) next following the making of the placing request; or

(b)where that date has passed, as soon after that date as is reasonably practicable.;


(c)after subsection (5) there shall be added—

(6)In this section—

  • primary school” does not include a nursery school or a nursery class; and

  • qualifying child” means—


    a child of school age;


    a child who has commenced attendance at a primary school but is not of school age; or


    a child who is not of school age and who, on the date (being the date fixed under subsections (1) and (2) of section 32 of this Act for the purposes of subsection (6) of that section) next following the making of the request under subsection (1) above, will be eligible under this Act to commence attendance at a primary school..

(2)Subsection (1) above does not apply in relation to section 28A of that Act as substituted, in relation to a recorded child, by paragraph 3 of Schedule A2 to that Act.

(3)In section 28G of that Act (placing requests by young persons), after—

(a)“a”, where it third occurs; and

(b)“the”, where it second occurs,

there shall be inserted “ qualifying ”.

F12 Provisions relating to the abolition of the post of assistant headteacherS

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3 Short title and commencementS

(1)This Act may be cited as the School Education (Amendment) (Scotland) Act 2002.

(2)This Act (except this section) comes into force on such day as the Scottish Ministers may by order made by statutory instrument appoint; and different days may be so appointed for different purposes.

Subordinate Legislation Made

P1S. 3(1) power fully exercised: different dates appointed for specified provisions by S.S.I. 2002/74, arts. 2, 3