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537 Power of Secretary of State to require information from governing bodies etc.E+W

F1[(1)The Secretary of State may by regulations make provision requiring—

(a)the governing body of every school which is—

(i)maintained by a [F2local authority], or

(ii)a special school which is not maintained by such an authority, and

(b)the proprietor of every

[F3(i) independent school,] [F4or

(ii)alternative provision Academy which is not an independent school,]

to provide such information about the school as may be prescribed.]

(2)For the purposes of this section information about the continuing education of pupils leaving a school, or the employment or training taken up by such pupils on leaving, is to be treated as information about the school.

(3)Where the Secretary of State exercises his power to make regulations under this section he shall do so with a view to making available information which is likely to—

(a)assist parents in choosing schools for their children;

(b)increase public awareness of the quality of the education provided by the schools concerned and of the educational standards achieved in those schools; or

(c)assist in assessing the degree of efficiency with which the financial resources of those schools are managed.

(4)Information which is required by virtue of regulations under this section shall be provided—

(a)in such form and manner,

(b)on such occasions, and

(c)to such person or persons, in addition to or in place of the Secretary of State,

as may be prescribed [F5; and regulations under this section may provide that, in such circumstances as may be prescribed, the provision of information to a person other than the Secretary of State is to be treated, for the purposes of any provision of such regulations or this section, as compliance with any requirement of such regulations relating to the provision of information to the Secretary of State.].

(5)No information provided in accordance with regulations under this section shall name any pupil to whom it relates.

(6)The Secretary of State may—

(a)publish information provided in accordance with regulations under this section in such form and manner as he considers appropriate;

(b)make arrangements for such information to be published in such form and manner, and by such persons, as he may specify for the purposes of this section;

(c)make regulations requiring [F6local authorities] to publish prescribed categories of such information, together with such supplementary information as may be prescribed, in such form and manner as may be prescribed.

(7)The Secretary of State may make regulations requiring—

(a)the governing body of any school which is maintained by a [F2local authority] F7. . .,

(b)the proprietor of any city technology college [F8, city college for the technology of the arts or [F9Academy]], or

(c)any [F2local authority],

to provide prescribed persons with prescribed categories of information published under subsection (6).

(8)Information provided under subsection (7) shall be provided in such form and manner as may be prescribed.

F10(9). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

F10(10). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

(11)Without prejudice to the generality of section 569(4), regulations under this section may make provision for the designation by the Secretary of State, in accordance with the regulations, of particular schools or classes of schools for the purposes of the application of particular provisions of the regulations in relation to such schools.

(12)This section is not to be taken as restricting, or otherwise affecting, any other powers that the Secretary of State may have to make regulations with respect to, or otherwise to require, the provision of information by any person.

(13)This section does not apply to nursery schools.

Textual Amendments

F3Words in s. 537(1)(b) renumbered as s. 537(1)(b)(i) (1.4.2012) by Education Act 2011 (c. 21), s. 82(3), Sch. 13 para. 9(15); S.I. 2012/924, art. 2

F4S. 537(1)(b)(ii) and word inserted (1.4.2012) by Education Act 2011 (c. 21), s. 82(3), Sch. 13 para. 9(15); S.I. 2012/924, art. 2

F5Words in s. 537(4) added (14.6.1997) by 1997 c. 44, s. 57(1), Sch. 7 para. 37; S.I. 1997/1468, art. 2(1), Sch. 1 Pt. I

F7Words in s. 537(7)(a) repealed (1.9.1999) by 1998 c. 31, s. 140(1)(3), Sch. 30 para. 152(b), Sch. 31 (with ss. 138(9), 144(6)); S.I. 1999/2323, art. 2(1), Sch. 1

F8Words in s. 537(7)(b) substituted (28.7.2000 for certain purposes, otherwise prosp.) by 2000 c. 21, ss. 149, 154, Sch. 9 para. 60 (with s. 150)

F9Words in s. 537(7)(b) substituted (26.7.2002) by Education Act 2002 (c. 32), ss. 65(3), 216(2), Sch. 7 para. 6(5) (with ss. 210(8), 214(4)); S.I. 2002/2002, art. 2

F10S. 537(9)(10) repealed (1.9.2003 for E., 1.1.2004 for W.) by Education Act 2002 (c. 32), s. 216(4), Sch. 22 Pt. 3 (with ss. 210(8), 214(4)); S.I. 2003/1667, art. 4; S.I. 2003/2961, art. 6, Sch. Pt. III

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