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Part 4 — Miscellaneous

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(a)   

an Act of the Scottish Parliament, or

(b)   

any Northern Ireland legislation as defined in section 24(5) of the

Interpretation Act 1978 (c. 30).

110     

Supply of information: free school lunches etc.

(1)   

This subsection applies to information held for the purposes of functions

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relating to tax credits—

(a)   

by the Commissioners of Inland Revenue, or

(b)   

by a person providing services to them, in connection with the

provision of those services.

(2)   

This subsection applies to information held for the purposes of functions

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relating to social security—

(a)   

by the Secretary of State, or

(b)   

by a person providing services to him, in connection with the provision

of those services.

(3)   

Information to which subsection (1) or (2) applies may be supplied—

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(a)   

to the Secretary of State, or any person providing services to him, or

(b)   

to the Assembly, or any person providing services to the Assembly,

   

for use for the purpose of determining eligibility for free school lunches and

milk.

(4)   

Information to which subsection (2) applies may be supplied to a local

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education authority for use for that purpose.

(5)   

Information received by virtue of subsection (3) may be supplied—

(a)   

to another person to whom it could have been supplied under that

subsection, or

(b)   

to a local education authority,

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for use for that purpose.

(6)   

The references in subsections (4) and (5)(b) to a local education authority

include references to any person exercising on behalf of such an authority

functions relating to eligibility for free school lunches and milk.

(7)   

For the purposes of this section, a person is eligible for free school lunches and

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milk if school lunches and milk are required to be provided for him, on request,

free of charge—

(a)   

in accordance with section 512ZB(2) and (3) of the Education Act 1996

(c. 56),

(b)   

in accordance with regulations under section 342 of that Act (non-

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maintained special schools), or

(c)   

in accordance with an agreement under section 482 of that Act

(Academies, etc.).

(8)   

In this section, “school lunch” has the same meaning as in section 512 of the

Education Act 1996.

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(9)   

This section does not limit the circumstances in which information may be

supplied apart from this section.

 
 

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111     

Unauthorised disclosure of information received under section 110

(1)   

A person (“X”) who discloses information which he has received by virtue of

any of subsections (3) to (5) of section 110 and which relates to a particular

person commits an offence unless the information is disclosed—

(a)   

in the case of information received by virtue of subsection (3) of that

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section, in accordance with subsection (5) of that section,

(b)   

in the course of any duty X has in connection with the exercise of

functions relating to eligibility for free school lunches and milk,

(c)   

in accordance with an enactment or an order of a court, or

(d)   

with consent given by or on behalf of the person to whom the

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information relates.

(2)   

In subsection (1)(b), “eligibility for free school lunches and milk” is to be read

in accordance with section 110(7).

(3)   

It is a defence for a person charged with an offence under subsection (1) to

prove that he reasonably believed that his disclosure was lawful.

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(4)   

A person guilty of an offence under subsection (1) is liable—

(a)   

on conviction on indictment, to imprisonment for a term not exceeding

two years, to a fine or to both, or

(b)   

on summary conviction, to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 12

months, to a fine not exceeding the statutory maximum or to both.

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(5)   

In relation to an offence committed before the commencement of section 154(1)

of the Criminal Justice Act 2003 (c. 44), the reference in subsection (4)(b) to 12

months is to be read as a reference to 6 months.

112     

Power to provide that function of determining eligibility remains with LEA

In section 512A of the Education Act 1996 (c. 56) (transfer of functions under

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section 512 of that Act to governing bodies), in subsection (4) for paragraph (b)

substitute—

“(b)   

if the duty corresponds to the one mentioned in subsection

(2)(b) or (c)—

(i)   

the order may provide that, notwithstanding the other

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provisions of the order, the function of determining

whether pupils at the school fall within section 512ZB(4)

is to be exercisable by the local education authority, and

(ii)   

section 533(3) shall not apply to school lunches or milk

provided by the governing body in pursuance of the

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order.”

113     

Information about the school workforce: introductory

(1)   

Subsections (2) and (3) apply for the purposes of section 114.

(2)   

“Qualifying worker” means any person who—

(a)   

is employed at, or otherwise engaged to work at, a school,

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(b)   

does not fall within paragraph (a) but provides, or assists in the

provision of, education under a contract of employment or for services

where the other party to the contract is—

(i)   

a children’s services authority in England or Wales, or

 
 

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(ii)   

a person exercising a function relating to the provision of

education on behalf of such an authority, or

(c)   

provides education at a further education institution.

(3)   

“Qualifying trainee” means a person (other than a qualifying worker as

defined in subsection (2)) for whom training as a member of the school

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workforce is being provided.

(4)   

In this section—

“contract of employment” has the meaning given by section 230(2) of the

Employment Rights Act 1996 (c. 18);

“further education institution” means an institution which is—

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(a)   

an institution (other than a school) which provides further

education, or

(b)   

an institution within the further education sector;

“member of the school workforce” has the same meaning as in Part 3.

(5)   

In this section and section 114, “children’s services authority in England” and

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“children’s services authority in Wales” have the same meaning as in the

Children Act 2004 (c. 31).

114     

Supply of information about school workforce

(1)   

Regulations may authorise or require—

(a)   

the proprietor of a school,

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(b)   

a children’s services authority in England or Wales, or

(c)   

any prescribed person,

   

to supply to the relevant person (as defined by subsection (2)) prescribed

information relating to persons who are or have been qualifying workers or

qualifying trainees, for use by the relevant person for a qualifying purpose.

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(2)   

In subsection (1) “the relevant person” means one or more of the following—

(a)   

the Secretary of State,

(b)   

the Assembly, or

(c)   

any prescribed person.

(3)   

Regulations may authorise the Secretary of State or the Assembly to supply to

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the other or to any prescribed person, for use for a qualifying purpose,

prescribed information relating to persons who are or have been qualifying

workers or qualifying trainees.

(4)   

A person may not be prescribed for the purposes of subsection (1)(c), (2)(c) or

(3) unless—

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(a)   

in the case of subsection (1)(c) or (2)(c), he appears to the person making

the regulations to be exercising functions of a public nature, or

(b)   

in the case of subsection (3), he appears to the person making the

regulations to be exercising such functions or carrying out research

which relates to education or training and may be expected to be of

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public benefit.

(5)   

For the purposes of this section, information is supplied to a person for use for

a qualifying purpose if it is supplied to him for use for—

(a)   

evaluation, planning, research or statistical purposes, or

(b)   

any other prescribed purpose.

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(6)   

Regulations may authorise a person falling within subsection (7) to supply to

any prescribed person (“the recipient”) any information relating to persons

who are or have been qualifying workers or qualifying trainees which—

(a)   

has been lawfully held by the recipient, or

(b)   

is information which another person was, or could have been, required

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(whether by virtue of regulations under this section or otherwise) to

supply to the recipient.

(7)   

The following persons fall within this subsection—

(a)   

the Secretary of State,

(b)   

the Assembly, and

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(c)   

any prescribed person.

(8)   

Regulations may—

(a)   

prohibit any person to whom information is supplied by virtue of this

section from further disclosing the information otherwise than in

prescribed circumstances, and

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(b)   

provide that section 497 of the Education Act 1996 (c. 56) (default

powers of Secretary of State or Assembly) is, in relation to the duties

imposed by virtue of this section, to have effect as if—

(i)   

the reference in subsection (2)(a) of that section to a local

education authority were a reference to a children’s services

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authority in England or Wales, and

(ii)   

any reference to a body to which that section applies included a

reference to a prescribed person.

(9)   

This section does not limit the circumstances in which information is

authorised or required to be supplied apart from this section.

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(10)   

In this section—

“prescribed” means prescribed by regulations;

“regulations” means—

(a)   

in relation to England, regulations made by the Secretary of

State, and

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(b)   

in relation to Wales, regulations made by the Assembly.

Attendance at alternative educational provision

115     

Power of governing body to make alternative provision for excluded pupils

In section 29 of the 2002 Act (additional functions of governing body), in

subsection (3) (power to require pupils to attend at other places for purpose of

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education) for “pupils in attendance at the school” substitute “registered

pupils”.

116     

Failure of parent to secure regular attendance of child at alternative provision

After section 444 of the Education Act 1996 insert—

“444ZA  

Application of section 444 to alternative educational provision

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(1)   

Where, in the case of a child of compulsory school age who is not a

registered pupil at any school—

 
 

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(a)   

a local education authority has made arrangements under

section 19 for the provision of education for him otherwise than

at a school or at his home, and

(b)   

notice in writing of the arrangements has been given to the

child’s parent,

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subsections (1) to (7) of section 444 have effect as if the place at which

the education is provided were a school and the child were a registered

pupil at that school.

(2)   

Where—

(a)   

a child of compulsory school age has been excluded from a

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relevant school,

(b)   

he remains for the time being a registered pupil at the school,

(c)   

he is required by the appropriate authority for the school to

attend at a place outside the school premises for the purpose of

receiving any instruction or training, and

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(d)   

notice in writing of the requirement has been given to the

child’s parent,

   

subsections (1) to (7) of section 444 have effect as if the place at which

the child is required to attend were a school and the child were a

registered pupil at that school (and not at the school mentioned in

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paragraph (b)).

(3)   

In relation to a maintained school or a pupil referral unit—

(a)   

the reference in subsection (2)(a) to exclusion is a reference to

exclusion under section 52 of the Education Act 2002, and

(b)   

the requirement referred to in subsection (2)(c) is a requirement

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imposed under section 29(3) of that Act.

(4)   

A child shall not be taken to have failed to attend regularly—

(a)   

in a case falling within subsection (1), at the place at which

education is provided for him, or

(b)   

in a case falling within subsection (2), at the place at which he is

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required to attend,

unless he has failed to attend regularly since the giving of the notice

mentioned in subsection (1)(b) or (2)(d).

(5)   

Section 572, which provides for the methods by which notices may be

served under this Act, does not preclude the notice mentioned in

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subsection (1)(b) or (2)(d) from being given to a child’s parent by any

other effective method.

(6)   

In proceedings for an offence under section 444 in a case falling within

subsection (1) of this section, the parent shall be acquitted if he proves

that the child is receiving suitable education otherwise than by regular

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attendance at a school or at the place mentioned in subsection (1).

(7)   

In section 444 “leave”—

(a)   

in relation to a place at which education is provided as

mentioned in subsection (1) of this section, means leave granted

by any person authorised to do so by the local education

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authority;

(b)   

in relation to a place at which a child is required to attend as

mentioned in subsection (2)(c) of this section, means leave

 
 

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granted by any person authorised to do so by the appropriate

authority for the school.

(8)   

In this section—

(a)   

“relevant school” means—

(i)   

a maintained school,

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(ii)   

a pupil referral unit,

(iii)   

an Academy,

(iv)   

a city technology college, or

(v)   

a city college for the technology of the arts;

(b)   

“appropriate authority” means—

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(i)   

in relation to a maintained school, the governing body,

(ii)   

in relation to a pupil referral unit, the local education

authority, and

(iii)   

in relation to a school falling within paragraph (a)(iii),

(iv) or (v), the proprietor of the school.”

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Supplementary

117     

Further amendments relating to Part 4

Schedule 18 contains further amendments related to the provisions of this Part.

118     

Meaning of “the 2002 Act” in Part 4

In this Part “the 2002 Act” means the Education Act 2002 (c. 32).

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Part 5

General

119     

Functions to be exercisable by National Assembly for Wales

(1)   

Any function conferred on the Secretary of State by the amendments made by

the provisions mentioned in subsection (2), so far as exercisable in relation to

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Wales, is to be taken to have been transferred to the Assembly by an Order in

Council under section 22 of the Government of Wales Act 1998 (c. 38).

(2)   

Those provisions are—

section 45 (power to direct closure of school);

section 70 (proposals for discontinuance of rural primary school);

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section 71 (proposals relating to maintained special school);

section 106 (admission arrangements to make special provision for

looked-after children);

Schedule 7 (inspection of child minding, day care and nursery education);

Schedule 16 (funding of maintained schools);

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Schedule 17 (restrictions on disposal of land);

Schedule 18 (further amendments related to Part 4).

 
 

 
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