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43 Provision of careers education in schools [F1in Wales]E+W

(1)All registered pupils at a school [F2in Wales] to which this section applies must be provided, during the relevant phase of their education, with a programme of careers education.

(2)This section applies to—

[F3(a)community, foundation and voluntary schools;]

F4(b). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

[F5(c)community F6... special schools (other than those established in hospitals);]

F7(d). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ; and

(e)pupil referral units.

F8(2A). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

F8(2B). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

(3)It is the duty of each of the following to secure that subsection (1) F9... is complied with, namely—

(a)in the case of a school falling within subsection (2)(a) to (c), the governing body of the school and its head teacher,

F10(b). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . , and

(c)in the case of a pupil referral unit, the [F11local authority] maintaining the unit and the teacher in charge of it.

F12(4). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

(5)For the purposes of this section the relevant phase of a pupil’s education is the period—

(a)beginning at the same time as the school year in which the majority of pupils in his class attain the age of 14; and

(b)ending with the expiry of the school year in which the majority of pupils in his class attain the age of 16.

(6)In this section—

  • career” includes the undertaking of any training, employment or occupation or any course of education;

  • careers education” means education designed to prepare persons for taking decisions about their careers and to help them implement such decisions;

  • class[F13has the same meaning as in section 42A;]

  • F14. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

  • F14. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Textual Amendments

F1Words in s. 43 heading inserted (1.9.2012) by Education Act 2011 (c. 21), ss. 29(3)(g), 82(3); S.I. 2012/1087, art. 3

F2Words in s. 43(1) inserted (1.9.2012) by Education Act 2011 (c. 21), ss. 29(3)(a), 82(3); S.I. 2012/1087, art. 3

F3S. 43(2)(a) substituted (1.9.1999) by 1998 c. 31, s. 140(1), Sch. 30 para. 217(a) (with ss. 138(9), 144(6)); S.I. 1999/2323, art. 2(1), Sch. 1

F5S. 43(2)(c) substituted (1.9.1999) by 1998 c. 31, s. 140(1), Sch. 30 para. 217(c) (with ss. 138(9), 144(6)); S.I. 1999/2323, art. 2(1), Sch. 1

F7S. 43(2)(d) omitted (1.9.2012) by virtue of Education Act 2011 (c. 21), ss. 29(3)(b), 82(3); S.I. 2012/1087, art. 3

F8S. 43(2A)(2B) omitted (1.9.2012) by virtue of Education Act 2011 (c. 21), ss. 29(3)(c), 82(3); S.I. 2012/1087, art. 3

F9Words in s. 43(3) omitted (1.9.2012) by virtue of Education Act 2011 (c. 21), ss. 29(3)(d)(i), 82(3); S.I. 2012/1087, art. 3

F10S. 43(3)(b) omitted (1.9.2012) by virtue of Education Act 2011 (c. 21), ss. 29(3)(d)(ii), 82(3); S.I. 2012/1087, art. 3

F12S. 43(4) omitted (1.9.2012) by virtue of Education Act 2011 (c. 21), ss. 29(3)(e), 82(3); S.I. 2012/1087, art. 3

F13Words in s. 43(6) substituted (1.9.2012) by Education Act 2011 (c. 21), ss. 29(3)(f)(i), 82(3); S.I. 2012/1087, art. 3

F14Words in s. 43(6) omitted (1.9.2012) by virtue of Education Act 2011 (c. 21), ss. 29(3)(f)(ii), 82(3); S.I. 2012/1087, art. 3

Modifications etc. (not altering text)

C1Ss. 43, 44 modified (1.8.2001) by S.I. 2001/1987, reg. 2

C2S. 43: functions of a local education authority made exercisable (E.) (1.4.2002) by authorised persons by Contracting Out (Local Education Authority Functions) (England) Order 2002 (S.I. 2002/928) art. 3, {Sch. 3(k)}

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