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PART 1WLocal curriculum for pupils in Key Stage 4

Joint-workingW

12Planning the local curriculumW

After section 116H of the Education Act 2002 (c. 32) insert—

116IPlanning the local curriculum

(1)The following persons must assist a [F1local authority] in planning the local curriculum or curricula for its area—

(a)the governing body and head teacher of any maintained secondary school maintained by the authority;

(b)the governing body and principal or other head of an institution within the further education sector in the authority's area.

(2)In subsection (1), “planning the local curriculum or curricula” means the process by which a [F1local authority] decides under section 116A which courses of study to include in the local curriculum or curricula for its area.

(3)The persons mentioned in subsection (1) must—

(a)have regard to any guidance given from time to time; and

(b)comply with any directions given,

by the Welsh Ministers as to the exercise of their functions under that subsection.

Textual Amendments

Commencement Information

I1S. 12 in force at 7.12.2009 by S.I. 2009/3174, art. 2(1)(f)

13Delivery of local curriculum entitlements: joint-workingW

After section 116I of the Education Act 2002 (c. 32) insert—

116JDelivery of local curriculum entitlements: joint-working

(1)The objective of this section is to maximise the availability of courses of study included in a local curriculum formed under section 116A.

(2)In relation to the local curriculum or curricula for the area of a [F1local authority], the persons mentioned in subsection (4) must take all reasonable steps in order to achieve the objective of this section.

(3)The duty under subsection (2) includes, but is not limited to, a duty to seek to enter into cooperation arrangements where, having considered whether it would further the objective of this section to do so, the persons mentioned in subsection (4) have concluded that entering into such arrangements would further that objective.

(4)The persons are—

(a)the [F1local authority];

(b)the governing body of a secondary school maintained by the authority; and

(c)the governing body of an institution within the further education sector which is situated within the area of the authority.

(5)In this section and section 116K “co-operation arrangements” means—

(a)arrangements under which any person provides, on behalf of the governing body of a maintained secondary school, a course of study included within the relevant local curriculum for the school;

(b)arrangements made under regulations under section 26 (collaboration between schools); and

(c)arrangements made under regulations under section 166 of the Education and Inspections Act 2006 (collaboration arrangements: maintained schools and further education bodies).

(6)For the purposes of this section, in relation to a maintained secondary school, “relevant local curriculum” means—

(a)where the [F1local authority] by which the school is maintained has formed a single local curriculum for its area, that curriculum; or

(b)where the [F1local authority] by which the school is maintained has formed more than one local curriculum for its area, the curriculum in respect of which the school is designated under section 116C(2).

Textual Amendments

Commencement Information

I2S. 13 in force at 7.12.2009 by S.I. 2009/3174, art. 2(1)(g)

14Joint-working: guidance and directionsW

After section 116J of the Education Act 2002 (c. 32) insert—

116KJoint-working: guidance and directions

(1)A [F1local authority], a governing body of a maintained secondary school and the governing body of an institution within the further education sector in Wales must have regard to any guidance given from time to time by the Welsh Ministers as to the discharge of their duties under section 116J.

(2)Guidance given under subsection (1) may relate to the content of co-operation arrangements.

(3)The persons mentioned in subsection (1) must comply with any direction given by the Welsh Ministers as to the entering into of co-operation arrangements.

(4)A direction under subsection (3)—

(a)may require persons to enter into specified arrangements;

(b)may specify the terms upon which arrangements are to be entered into (whether generally or in respect of specified arrangements);

(c)in the case of a direction to enter into specified arrangements with a person who is not mentioned in subsection (1), must not be given unless that person consents to the direction.

Textual Amendments

Commencement Information

I3S. 14 in force at 7.12.2009 by S.I. 2009/3174, art. 2(1)(h)