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Notices of Amendments

 

given up to and including

 

Tuesday 7 July 2015

 

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Public Bill Committee


 

Education and Adoption Bill


 

Note

 

This document includes all amendments remaining before the Committee and

 

includes any withdrawn amendments at the end. The amendments have been

 

arranged in accordance with the Order of the Committee [30 June 2015].

 

 


 

Kevin Brennan

 

Steve McCabe

 

Graham Jones

 

34

 

Clause  5,  page  4,  line  44,  after “may” insert “by order”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

The amendment requires Parliamentary accountability and visibility in the direction making

 

power of the Secretary of State.

 

Kevin Brennan

 

Steve McCabe

 

Graham Jones

 

35

 

Clause  5,  page  5,  line  2,  at end insert “and any term which requires the local

 

authority to expend additional resources than it had budgeted for will be met by the

 

Secretary of State”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

The clause leaves open the possibility that the Secretary of State could pay unreasonable amounts


 
 

Notices of Amendments: 7 July 2015                     

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Education and Adoption Bill, continued

 
 

of money to Interim executive Board members she appoints. This amendment requires the

 

Secretary of State to pay.

 

Kevin Brennan

 

Steve McCabe

 

Graham Jones

 

36

 

Clause  5,  page  5,  line  4,  at end insert—

 

“(5B)    

 

(a)    

Where a school has been designated by order under section 69(4) of the

 

School Standards and Framework Act 1998, the interim executive board

 

shall be under a duty to secure that—

 

(i)    

the religion or religious denomination of the school is preserved

 

and developed, and

 

(ii)    

the school is conducted in accordance with the school’s

 

instrument of government (except in relation to the composition

 

of the governing body) and the foundation’s governing

 

documents, including, where appropriate, any trust deed relating

 

to the school.

 

(b)    

In exercising any powers under this schedule, the Secretary of State shall

 

comply with any agreement between the local authority and the

 

appropriate diocesan authority, if any, and person or persons by whom

 

the foundation governors are appointed, in relation to the membership

 

and operation of the interim executive board.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

The amendment is to preserve the religious character of religious schools when the Secretary of

 

State takes responsibility for an Interim Executive Board.

 


 

Kevin Brennan

 

Steve McCabe

 

Graham Jones

 

37

 

Clause  6,  page  5,  line  25,  at end insert—

 

“( )    

Subsection (2) has no effect if the local authority is exercising a power under

 

sections 63, 64 or 66.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

The amendment is to avoid the confusion to a school if the local authority is exercising a power of

 

intervention.

 

Kevin Brennan

 

Steve McCabe

 

Graham Jones

 

38

 

Clause  6,  page  5,  line  39,  at end insert—

 

“(3)    

A notice by the Secretary of State under this section cannot take effect until 21

 

days after it has been given.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

The amendment is to provide for an orderly transition from a local authority established IEB to a

 

Secretary of State directed IEB.

 



 
 

Notices of Amendments: 7 July 2015                     

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Education and Adoption Bill, continued

 
 

Kevin Brennan

 

Steve McCabe

 

Graham Jones

 

39

 

Clause  7,  page  6,  line  5,  at beginning insert—

 

    

“If the Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Education, Children’s Services

 

and Skills advises”.

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

The amendment requires the Secretary of State to take advice before using new provision.

 

Kevin Brennan

 

Steve McCabe

 

Graham Jones

 

40

 

Clause  7,  page  6,  line  5,  leave out “must” and insert “may”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

There may be a good reason why the school should not be academised, and this amendment allows

 

for mature reflection of the need for academisation.

 

Kevin Brennan

 

Steve McCabe

 

Graham Jones

 

46

 

Clause  7,  page  6,  line  6,  after “intervention”, insert “for the first time after 1

 

January 2016”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

The Bill does not make clear when the Government will implement this new power. This

 

amendment would provide that the power could not be used retrospectively.

 

Kevin Brennan

 

Steve McCabe

 

Graham Jones

 

41

 

Clause  7,  page  6,  line  6,  leave out “61 or”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

The amendment removes the borderline Ofsted “Inadequate” judgement schools (schools

 

requiring significant improvement, or notice to improve) from the scope of this new provision.

 

Bill Esterson

 

24

 

Clause  7,  page  6,  line  8,  at end insert—

 

“(A1A)    

Prior to making an Academy Order in respect of a maintained school under

 

subsection (A1), the Secretary of State must arrange for an independent

 

assessment of the impact of conversion into an Academy on vulnerable pupils,

 

including but not limited to—

 

(a)    

children with statements of special educational needs,

 

(b)    

children with special educational needs without statements,

 

(c)    

looked after children,

 

(d)    

children with disabilities, and

 

(e)    

children with low prior attainment not otherwise falling under (a) to (d).

 

(A1B)    

A report of any assessment conducted under subsection (A1A) shall be laid

 

before each House of Parliament by the Secretary of State.


 
 

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(A1C)    

Where a report under subsection (A1B) indicates any risks of negative impacts on

 

vulnerable pupils, the Secretary of State must accompany the report with a

 

statement of the steps he is taking to satisfy himself that reasonable mitigating

 

steps will be planned and implemented to reduce such risks.”

 

Kevin Brennan

 

Steve McCabe

 

Graham Jones

 

42

 

Clause  7,  page  6,  line  8,  at end insert—

 

“(A2)    

For the avoidance of doubt, subsection (A1) does not apply to a maintained

 

nursery school or a Pupil Referral Unit.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

The amendment is to clarify whether the new provision applies to maintained nursery schools and

 

Pupil Referral Units.

 

Kevin Brennan

 

Steve McCabe

 

Graham Jones

 

43

 

Clause  7,  page  6,  line  10,  leave out “61 or”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

The amendment removes the borderline Ofsted “Inadequate” judgement schools (schools

 

requiring significant improvement, or notice to improve) from the scope of this new provision.

 

Kevin Brennan

 

Steve McCabe

 

Graham Jones

 

44

 

Clause  7,  page  6,  line  10,  at end insert—

 

“(4)    

The Education and Inspections Act 2006 is amended as follows:

 

(a)    

in section 63 (Power of local authority to require governing body to enter

 

into arrangement) in subsection (1) after “60A” insert “, 61 or 62”

 

(b)    

in section 64 (Power of local authority etc to appoint additional

 

governors) in subsection (1), after “intervention” insert “other than by

 

virtue of sections 61 or 62”

 

(c)    

in section 65 (Power of local authority to provide for governing body to

 

consist of interim executive members) in subsection (1), after

 

“intervention” insert “other than by virtue of sections 61 or 62”

 

(d)    

in section 67 (Power of Secretary of State to appoint additional

 

governors) in subsection (1), after “intervention” insert “other than by

 

virtue of sections 61 or 62”

 

(e)    

in section 68 (Power of Secretary of State to direct closure of school) in

 

subsection (1), after “intervention” after “60A” insert “, 61 or 62”

 

(f)    

in section 69 (Power of Secretary of State to provide for governing body

 

to consist of interim executive members) in subsection (1), after

 

“intervention” insert “other than by virtue of sections 61 or 62””.

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

The amendment is to remove the inconsistency in legislation that the local authority and Secretary

 

of State can exercise intervention powers even though the Secretary of State is under a duty to make

 

an Academy Order.


 
 

Notices of Amendments: 7 July 2015                     

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Education and Adoption Bill, continued

 
 

Kevin Brennan

 

Steve McCabe

 

Graham Jones

 

45

 

Clause  7,  page  6,  line  10,  at end insert—

 

“( )    

in section 19 of the Academies Act 2010, in subsection (2), insert at start “Except

 

subsection (A1) of section 4” and insert after subsection (3)

 

( )    

Before the Secretary of State makes an order commencing section 4(A1) she will

 

lay before Parliament an independent report demonstrating the improvement, or

 

otherwise, of schools which have been academised, or not, after being eligible for

 

intervention by virtue of sections 61 or 62 EIA 2006.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

The amendment requires the Secretary of State to demonstrate that academisation is the best

 

solution for schools which receive an inadequate Ofsted judgement.

 


 

Kevin Brennan

 

Steve McCabe

 

Graham Jones

 

47

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

Clause  8,  page  6,  line  15,  leave out “is converted into an Academy” and insert

 

“applies for an Academy order under section 4”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment makes clear that consultation on an application for Academy status must occur

 

before an application for an Academy Order is made.

 

Kevin Brennan

 

Steve McCabe

 

Graham Jones

 

48

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

Clause  8,  page  6,  leave out lines 18 to 22

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

A consequence of requiring consultation before an application for an Academy Order [see

 

amendment 47].

 

Kevin Brennan

 

Steve McCabe

 

Graham Jones

 

49

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

Clause  8,  page  6,  line  24,  leave out “any” and insert “a majority of”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

Currently, legislation does not require a majority decision of the Governing Body of a Federation

 

to apply for a federated school to become an Academy. This amendment rectifies this position.

 



 
 

Notices of Amendments: 7 July 2015                     

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Education and Adoption Bill, continued

 
 

Kevin Brennan

 

Steve McCabe

 

Graham Jones

 

50

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

Clause  9,  page  6,  line  29,   leave out from second “section” to end of line 31 and

 

insert “4 has effect”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

Clause 9 provides for consultation about who should sponsor an Academy in certain cases. This

 

amendment widens the scope of the new section 5A to include all Academy sponsors.

 

Kevin Brennan

 

Steve McCabe

 

Graham Jones

 

51

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

Clause  9,  page  6,  line  32,   after “into”, insert “or terminating”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment provides for consultation when there is a change of sponsor.

 

Kevin Brennan

 

Steve McCabe

 

Graham Jones

 

52

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

Clause  9,  page  6,  line  34,   at end insert—

 

“(za)    

parents,

 

(zb)    

school staff,

 

(zc)    

local community,

 

(zd)    

local authority,”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment widens the group of persons that must be consulted about the identity of the

 

academy sponsor or when there is a change of Academy sponsor.

 

Kevin Brennan

 

Steve McCabe

 

Graham Jones

 

53

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

Clause  9,  page  7,  line  15,   at end insert—

 

“(2)    

After section 5A of the Academies Act (inserted by subsection (1)) insert—

 

“5AA  

Designation of Academy sponsors

 

(1)    

An Academy sponsor may make proposals to enter into Academy

 

arrangements under section 1 (Academy Arrangements) only if the

 

Academy sponsor is for the time being designated for the purpose—

 

(a)    

by the Secretary of State; and

 

(b)    

has been approved for this purpose by Her Majesty’s Chief

 

Inspector of Education, Children’s Services and Skills.

 

(2)    

This section does not apply where the Academy sponsor is proposing to

 

enter into an arrangement for a single school.””

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

There is a need for public scrutiny of Academy sponsors. This amendment provides for the

 

Secretary of State to maintain a list of Academy sponsors and for sponsors to be approved by

 

Ofsted. Subsection (2) relieves sponsors of schools converting to Single Academy Trusts of the

 

need to be designated.


 
 

Notices of Amendments: 7 July 2015                     

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Education and Adoption Bill, continued

 
 

Kevin Brennan

 

Steve McCabe

 

Graham Jones

 

54

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

Clause  9,  page  7,  line  15,   at end insert—

 

“(3)    

In section 17 (Interpretation of Act) in the appropriate place in subsection (2)

 

insert—

 

“Academy sponsor” is a person to whom the Secretary of State has entered,

 

or is proposing to enter, into Academy arrangements under section 1

 

(Academy Arrangements), or a person who wishes to enter into Academy

 

Arrangements with the Secretary of State.””

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

Although the Bill uses the term “Academy sponsor”, the Academies Act does not define an

 

Academy sponsor. This amendment corrects that omission.

 


 

Kevin Brennan

 

Steve McCabe

 

Graham Jones

 

55

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

Clause  10,  page  7,  line  21,   after second “school”, insert “, if relevant, the persons

 

listed in section 5A(2)”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment adds to the persons who are placed under a duty to facilitate academisation to

 

include those listed in the new section 5A(2) as found in Clause 9.

 

Kevin Brennan

 

Steve McCabe

 

Graham Jones

 

56

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

Clause  10,  page  7,  line  24,   after “body”, insert “, or, if relevant, the persons listed

 

in section 5A(2)”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

A consequence of amendment 55.

 

Kevin Brennan

 

Steve McCabe

 

Graham Jones

 

57

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

Clause  10,  page  7,  line  28,  at end insert—

 

“(3)    

A reasonable step does not include a step that would result in additional

 

expenditure by a local authority or a school governing body.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment seeks clarification about the meaning of “reasonable step”.

 



 
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