Education Bill

AMENDMENTS
TO BE MOVED
IN GRAND COMMITTEE

After Clause 35

LORD BLACKWELL

 

Insert the following new Clause—

“Duty to provide for the needs of high ability pupils

In determining the nature of their educational provision, all maintained schools, academies and free schools must have regard to meeting the special learning requirements of children within their admissions group who have or subsequently demonstrate high ability or aptitude for learning.”

 

Insert the following new Clause—

“Co-operation to provide for the needs of high ability pupils

(1) A group of schools (“the participating schools”) consisting of—

(a) a federation of maintained schools;

(b) a federation of academies; or

(c) any combination of maintained schools, academies and free schools that consider themselves to be located in sufficient proximity;

may enter into a collaboration agreement for the purpose of providing for the needs of high ability pupils within their collective pupil group.

(2) A collaboration agreement under subsection (1) may allow for one or more schools within the collaboration agreement to provide specialist teaching for a high ability class within each subject or year group which would be open to any pupil at any age within any of the participating schools who met the criteria for high ability learning.

(3) The criteria for pupils to be assessed as likely to benefit from joining the high ability class under subsection (2) must be based on aptitude and ability as determined by the schools, under procedures agreed by their governing body or bodies.

(4) The collaboration agreement under subsection (1) shall specify what transfers of budgets between schools are appropriate to fund these arrangements, and the governing bodies of participating schools will have the authority to authorise such payments.

(5) The participating schools may make common provision to provide for transport for pupils where appropriate to enable them to travel to the school where the high ability class is located.”

Clause 40

LORD BLACKWELL

 

Page 36, line 37, at end insert—

“(iii) pupils of high ability or aptitude for learning”

BARONESS COUSSINS

 

Page 36, line 37, at end insert—

“(c) the extent to which pupils at the school are learning and being assessed in modern foreign languages”

Clause 52

LORD BLACKWELL

 

Page 42, line 39, at end insert “, and

“( ) it is specially organised to make special educational provision for the needs of pupils with high ability or aptitude for learning; or high ability or aptitude in musical, artistic or other specialist skills approved in guidance provided by the Secretary of State.”

Before Clause 54

LORD BLACKWELL

 

Insert the following new Clause—

“Academy orders: independent schools

(1) Section 6 of the Academy Act 2010 (effect of Academy order) is amended as follows.

(2) In subsection (4) (definition of “selective school”), after paragraph (b) insert—

“(c) it is an independent school with a selective admissions policy converting to an academy”.”

Clause 60

BARONESS TURNER OF CAMDEN

 

Page 48, line 28, at end insert—

“(1) In section 58 of the School Standards and Framework Act 1998 (appointment and dismissal of teachers with a religious character) after subsection (3) insert—

“(3A) The head teacher of such a school shall not, while holding the post of head teacher of the school, be a reserved teacher.”

(2) Section 60 of the SSFA 1998 (staff at foundation or voluntary school with religious character) is amended as follows.

(3) In subsection (4) leave out “in a case where the head teacher is not to be a reserved teacher.”

(4) In subsection (6) leave out “in Wales”.”

After Clause 61

LORD BLACKWELL

 

Insert the following new Clause—

“Admissions arrangements for Academies providing for high ability or aptitude pupils

Where an Academy is specially organised to make special educational provision for the needs of pupils with high ability or aptitude for learning, or high ability or aptitude for musical, artistic or other specialist skills under section 1A(2)(c), it may operate an admissions process which is designed to select those children most likely to benefit from the specialist provision at that school.”

Prepared 21st June 2011