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S.C.A.  Standing Committee Proceedings: 22nd March 2005            

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Community schools, foundation and voluntary aided schools

 

Mr Mark Hoban

 

Angela Watkinson

 

Mr Peter Atkinson

 

Withdrawn  NC9

 

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘(1)    

If a community or foundation school wishes to change its status to a voluntary

 

aided school, the governors need to seek the approval of—

 

(a)    

a simple majority of the registered parents of registered pupils at the

 

school; and

 

(b)    

the appropriate diocesan authority.

 

(2)    

Where the conditions under subsection (1) have been met, no notices for

 

consultation need to be published and the proposal does not need to be referred to

 

the school organisation committee.’.

 


 

Closure of special schools: authorisation

 

Mr Mark Hoban

 

Angela Watkinson

 

Mr Peter Atkinson

 

Not called  NC11

 

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘(1)    

No special school in England shall be closed without the prior authorisation of the

 

Secretary of State.

 

(2)    

The Secretary of State shall by regulations prescribe a suitable mechanism to

 

allow him to perform his duties under this section.

 

(3)    

No special school in Wales shall be closed without the prior authorisation of the

 

Assembly.

 

(4)    

The Assembly shall by regulations prescribe a suitable mechanism to allow it to

 

perform its duties under this section.’.

 


 

Changes to category of school

 

Mr Richard Allan

 

Dr John Pugh

 

Not selected  NC19

 

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘(1)    

Schedule 8 to the School Standards and Framework Act 1998 (c. 31) (changes to

 

the category of school) is amended as follows.

 

(2)    

In paragraph 2(2) at the end insert “except that regulations shall include provision

 

requiring that—


 
 

S.C.A.  Standing Committee Proceedings: 22nd March 2005            

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(a)    

the relevant body shall consult such persons as appear to them to be

 

appropriate, including the parents of all registered pupils of the school;

 

and

 

(b)    

any proposal to change the category to a foundation school shall be

 

considered for approval in the first instance by the school organisation

 

committee.’.

 


 

Mr Stephen Twigg

 

Agreed to  31

 

Clause  119,  page  65,  line  4,  at end insert—

 

‘section (Proposals for discontinuance of rural primary school) (proposals

 

for discontinuance of rural primary school);

 

section (Proposals relating to maintained special school) (proposals

 

relating to maintained special school);’.

 

Clause, as amended, Agreed to.

 

Clauses 120 to 123 Agreed to.

 


 

Mr Stephen Twigg

 

Agreed to  38

 

Schedule  19,  page  150,  line  15,  at end insert—

 

Protection of Children Act 1999

Section 9(2)(ca).’.

 
 

(c. 14)

  
 

Mr Stephen Twigg

 

Agreed to  39

 

Schedule  19,  page  150,  line  25,  at end insert—

  

‘In Schedule 14, paragraphs 1 and 5 to 7.’.

 
 

Schedule, as amended, Agreed to.

 

Clauses 124 and 125 Agreed to.

 


 

Mr Stephen Twigg

 

Agreed to  32

 

Clause  126,  page  67,  line  35,  after ‘5’, insert ‘, 22A’.

 

Mr Stephen Twigg

 

Agreed to  33

 

Clause  126,  page  67,  line  44,  leave out ‘22 to 24’ and insert ‘22, 23, 24’.


 
 

S.C.A.  Standing Committee Proceedings: 22nd March 2005            

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Mr Stephen Twigg

 

Agreed to  34

 

Clause  126,  page  68,  line  3,  leave out ‘the Secretary of State’ and insert—

 

‘(a)    

for sections (Proposals for discontinuance of rural primary school) and

 

(Proposals relating to maintained special school), and paragraph 8A of

 

Schedule 12 (and section 71 so far as relating to that paragraph)—

 

(i)    

in relation to England, the Secretary of State, and

 

(ii)    

in relation to Wales, the Assembly, and

 

(b)    

for the other provisions of the Part, the Secretary of State.’.

 

Clause, as amended, Agreed to.

 

Clause 127 Agreed to.

 


 

Mr Stephen Twigg

 

Agreed to  35

 

Clause  128,  page  68,  line  33,  leave out subsection (3).

 

Clause, as amended, Agreed to.

 


 

Remaining New Clauses

 

Abolition of Independent Appeals Panels

 

Mr Mark Hoban

 

Angela Watkinson

 

Mr Peter Atkinson

 

Withdrawn  NC12

 

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘Subsections (3)(c), (4)(a), (6) and (7) of section 52 of the Education Act 2002 (c.

 

32) (panels to hear appeals against decisions not to reinstate pupils) shall cease to

 

have effect.’.

 


 

Pupil referral units: supply and publication of information

 

Mr Mark Hoban

 

Angela Watkinson

 

Mr Peter Atkinson

 

Withdrawn  NC13

 

To move the following Clause:—


 
 

S.C.A.  Standing Committee Proceedings: 22nd March 2005            

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‘The Secretary of State or the Assembly may by regulations require a pupil

 

referral unit maintained by local education authority to collect and publish data

 

on—

 

(a)    

education, achievement and attainment;

 

(b)    

authorised absence;

 

(c)    

unauthorised absence;

 

(d)    

the proportion of children required to attend the unit on a full time basis;

 

and

 

(e)    

any other information as may be prescribed.’.

 


 

Annual parents’ meeting

 

Mr Mark Hoban

 

Angela Watkinson

 

Mr Peter Atkinson

 

Not called  NC14

 

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘(1)    

It shall be left to the discretion of the governing body of each maintained school

 

in England and Wales to decide whether or not to hold an annual parents’

 

meeting.

 

(2)    

The governing body and headteacher shall decide on the nature, length and style

 

of any meeting which is to be held.’.

 


 

Reducing administrative burdens on schools, etc.

 

Mr Mark Hoban

 

Angela Watkinson

 

Mr Peter Atkinson

 

Withdrawn  NC15

 

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘(1)    

The Secretary of State shall exercise his functions so as to have regard to the

 

desirability of avoiding excessive administrative burdens on governing bodies,

 

headteachers, teachers and other school staff of all maintained schools, special

 

schools, pupil referral units and local education authorities in England.

 

(2)    

The Secretary of State shall each year lay before each House of Parliament for

 

approval by affirmative resolution a report giving details of—

 

(a)    

the general level of administration within all types of maintained schools

 

and local education authorities;

 

(b)    

the measures which he has taken and which he proposes to take to reduce

 

administrative burdens; and


 
 

S.C.A.  Standing Committee Proceedings: 22nd March 2005            

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(c)    

an evaluation of the effectiveness of those measures.’.

 


 

Admissions code of practice: revised status

 

Mr Richard Allan

 

Dr John Pugh

 

Not selected  NC20

 

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘In section 84 of the School Standards and Framework Act 1998 (c. 31) (code of

 

practice) in subsection (3) for “have regard to” substitute “act in accordance

 

with”.’.

 


 

Arrangements for school organisation proposals involving three or more schools

 

Mr Richard Allan

 

Dr John Pugh

 

Not selected  NC21

 

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘Sections 64 to 66 do not apply in England to proposals about three or more

 

schools in the same local education authority area when published simultaneously

 

by the local education authority and the governing bodies of aided and foundation

 

schools or the promoters of new aided or foundation schools.’.

 

Bill, as amended, to be reported.


 
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