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(a)   

the provision of education or training at the institution in

question, and

(b)   

the provision of boarding accommodation under section 13 of

the Learning and Skills Act 2000 (persons with learning

difficulties).

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(3)   

Any transport provided in pursuance of arrangements under

subsection (1) must be provided free of charge.

(4)   

A local education authority in England may pay the whole or any part,

as they think fit, of the reasonable travelling expenses of any adult

learner receiving education or training at an institution outside both the

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further education and higher education sectors for whose transport no

arrangements are made under subsection (1).

(5)   

In considering whether or not they are required by subsection (1) to

make arrangements in relation to a particular person, a local education

authority must have regard, amongst other things, to the age of the

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person and the nature of the routes which he could reasonably be

expected to take.

(6)   

Arrangements made by a local education authority under subsection

(1) must make provision for persons receiving full-time education or

training at institutions mentioned in subsection (1) which is no less

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favourable than the provision made in pursuance of the arrangements

for persons of the same age with learning difficulties (within the

meaning of section 13 of the Learning and Skills Act 2000) for whom the

authority secure the provision of education at any other institution.

(7)   

“Adult learner” means a person who is neither a child nor a person of

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sixth form age.

(8)   

The reference in subsection (7) to a person of sixth form age is to be

construed in accordance with subsection (1) of section 509AC.”

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Amendment of section 444 of EA 1996

(1)   

Section 444 of EA 1996 (offence of failing to secure regular attendance at school

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of registered pupil) is amended as follows.

(2)   

After subsection (3) insert—

“(3A)   

Subsection (3B) applies where the child’s home is in England and the

school at which he is a registered pupil is a qualifying school.

(3B)   

The child shall not be taken to have failed to attend regularly at the

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school if the parent proves—

(a)   

that the school at which the child is a registered pupil is not

within walking distance of the child’s home,

(b)   

that no suitable arrangements have been made by the local

education authority for boarding accommodation for him at or

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near the school,

(c)   

that no suitable arrangements have been made by the local

education authority for enabling him to become a registered

pupil at a qualifying school nearer to his home, and

(d)   

that—

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(i)   

the local education authority have a duty to make travel

arrangements in relation to the child under section

508B(1) for the purpose of facilitating the child’s

attendance at the school and have failed to discharge

that duty, or

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(ii)   

the local education authority have a duty to make travel

arrangements in relation to the child by virtue of

subsection (2)(c) of section 508E (school travel schemes)

for the purpose of facilitating the child’s attendance at

the school and have failed to discharge that duty.

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(3C)   

Subsection (3D) applies where the child’s home is in England and the

school at which he is a registered pupil is a school other than a

qualifying school.

(3D)   

The child shall not be taken to have failed to attend regularly at the

school if the parent proves—

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(a)   

that the school at which the child is a registered pupil is not

within walking distance of the child’s home,

(b)   

that no suitable arrangements have been made by the local

education authority for boarding accommodation for him at or

near the school, and

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(c)   

that no suitable arrangements have been made by the local

education authority for enabling him to become a registered

pupil at a qualifying school nearer to his home.

(3E)   

Subsection (4) applies where the child’s home is in Wales.”

(3)   

After subsection (4) insert—

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“(4A)   

For the purposes of subsections (3A) to (3D), “qualifying school” has

the same meaning as it has for the purposes of Schedule 35B (meaning

of “eligible child” for the purposes of section 508B).

(4B)   

For the purposes of subsection (3B)(d)—

(a)   

the reference to “travel arrangements” in sub-paragraph (i) has

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the same meaning as in section 508B, and

(b)   

the reference to “travel arrangements” in sub-paragraph (ii) has

the same meaning as in paragraph 3 of Schedule 35C.”

(4)   

In subsections (5) and (6) for “subsection (4)” substitute “subsections (3B), (3D)

and (4)”.

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(5)   

The amendments made by this section do not apply in relation to any failure of

a child to attend at a school or other place in relation to which section 444 of EA

1996 applies which occurs on a day before this section comes into force.

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Learning and Skills Council for England: transport etc for persons of sixth

form age

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(1)   

In section 509AA of EA 1996 (provision of transport etc for persons of sixth

form age)—

(a)   

in subsection (9)—

(i)   

for “Secretary of State” substitute “appropriate authority”, and

(ii)   

for “he” substitute “it”,

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(b)   

after subsection (9) insert—

“(9A)   

The “appropriate authority” means—

(a)   

in the case of a local education authority in England, the

Secretary of State, and

(b)   

in the case of a local education authority in Wales, the

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National Assembly for Wales.”, and

(c)   

in subsection (10), after “Secretary of State” insert “(in relation to local

education authorities in England) or the National Assembly for Wales

(in relation to local education authorities in Wales)”.

(2)   

In section 509AB of EA 1996 (further provision about transport policy

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statements)—

(a)   

in subsection (5), for the words from “by the Secretary” to the end

substitute “under this section—

(a)   

by the Learning and Skills Council for England (in the

case of an authority in England), or

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(b)   

by the National Assembly for Wales (in the case of an

authority in Wales).”,

(b)   

in subsection (6)(d), for the words from “by the Secretary” to the end

substitute “for the purposes of this section by the Learning and Skills

Council for England (in the case of an authority in England) or the

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National Assembly for Wales (in the case of an authority in Wales).”,

and

(c)   

after subsection (7) insert—

“(8)   

Any guidance issued by the Learning and Skills Council for

England under this section must be published in such manner

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as the Council thinks fit.”

(3)   

In section 509AC of EA 1996 (interpretation of sections 509AA and 509AB)—

(a)   

in subsection (6), after “subsection (5)” insert “in relation to its

application in the case of local education authorities in England”, and

(b)   

after subsection (6) insert—

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“(7)   

The National Assembly for Wales may by order amend the

definition of “academic year” in subsection (5) in relation to its

application in the case of local education authorities in Wales.”

(4)   

In section 18 of the Learning and Skills Act 2000 (c. 21) (supplementary

functions of Learning and Skills Council for England), after subsection (5)

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insert—

“(6)   

The Secretary of State may by order confer or impose on the Council

such powers or duties falling within subsection (7) as he thinks fit.

(7)   

A power or duty falls within this subsection if it is exercisable in

connection with—

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(a)   

the Secretary of State’s function under section 509AA(9) of the

Education Act 1996 (power to direct LEA to make arrangements

additional to those specified in transport policy statement), or

(b)   

any function of the Secretary of State under any of sections 496

to 497B of the Education Act 1996 as regards anything done,

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proposed to be done or omitted to be done by a local education

authority in England under section 509AA or 509AB of that

Act.”

 
 

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LEAs in England: duty to have regard to religion or belief in exercise of travel

functions

After section 509AC of EA 1996 insert—

“509AD  

LEAs in England: duty to have regard to religion or belief in exercise

of travel functions

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(1)   

A local education authority in England must have regard, amongst

other things, in exercising any of their travel functions in relation to or

in connection with the travel of a person or persons to or from a school,

institution or other place, to any wish of a parent of such a person for

him to be provided with education or training at a particular school,

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institution or other place where that wish is based on the parent’s

religion or belief.

(2)   

The “travel functions” of a local education authority in England are

their functions under any of the following provisions—

section 508A (duty to promote sustainable modes of travel etc);

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section 508B (travel arrangements for eligible children);

section 508C (travel arrangements etc for other children);

section 508E and Schedule 35C (school travel schemes);

section 508F (transport etc for certain adult learners);

section 509AA (transport etc for persons of sixth form age).

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(3)   

For the purposes of this section—

(a)   

“religion” means any religion,

(b)   

“belief” means any religious or philosophical belief,

(c)   

a reference to religion includes a reference to lack of religion,

and

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(d)   

a reference to belief includes a reference to lack of belief.”

77      

Further amendments relating to travel to schools etc

Schedule 10 contains further amendments relating to travel to schools and

other places where education or training is received.

Food and drink provided on school premises etc

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Provision of food and drink on school premises etc

(1)   

For section 114 of SSFA 1998 (nutritional standards for school lunches) and the

cross-heading preceding it substitute—

“Food and drink provided on school premises etc

114A    

 Requirements for food and drink provided on school premises etc

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(1)   

Regulations may prescribe requirements which, subject to such

exceptions as may be provided for by or under the regulations, are to

be complied with in connection with—

(a)   

food or drink provided on the premises of any school

maintained by a local education authority, or

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(b)   

food or drink provided at a place other than school premises by

a local education authority or the governing body of a school

maintained by such an authority to any registered pupil at the

school.

(2)   

Regulations under this section may in particular—

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(a)   

specify nutritional standards, or other nutritional requirements,

which are to be complied with;

(b)   

require that drinking water is to be available, free of charge, on

the premises of any school maintained by a local education

authority;

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(c)   

require that specified descriptions of food or drink are not to be

provided.

(3)   

Requirements prescribed by virtue of subsection (1)(a) do not apply to

food or drink brought on to the premises of a school maintained by a

local education authority where the food or drink is brought on to those

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premises by any person for his own consumption.

(4)   

Where a local education authority or the governing body of a school

maintained by such an authority provide food or drink—

(a)   

to anyone on the premises of the school, or

(b)   

to any registered pupil at the school at a place other than school

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premises,

   

that authority or, as the case may be, that governing body must secure

that any applicable provisions of the regulations are complied with.

(5)   

Subsection (4) applies whether the food or drink is provided in

pursuance of any statutory requirement or otherwise.

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(6)   

Where—

(a)   

food or drink is provided on the premises of a school

maintained by a local education authority,

(b)   

the provision is by a person (“X”) other than the authority or the

governing body of the school, and

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(c)   

X uses or occupies the whole or a part of the premises in

circumstances related to a use or occupation agreement made

(whether by X or any other person) with the authority or the

governing body,

   

that authority or, as the case may be, that governing body must secure

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that any applicable provisions of the regulations are complied with.

(7)   

A “use or occupation agreement”, in relation to the premises of a

school, is an agreement or other arrangement relating to the use or

occupation of the whole or any part of the premises.

(8)   

Without prejudice to the generality of section 138(7), regulations under

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this section may prescribe—

(a)   

different requirements in relation to different classes or

descriptions of school as specified in the regulations;

(b)   

different requirements in connection with food or drink

provided by or to different classes or descriptions of person as

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specified in the regulations;

(c)   

requirements which apply during different periods of the day

as specified in the regulations.

 
 

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(9)   

A “place other than school premises” means a place other than the

premises of any school maintained by a local education authority.

(10)   

References in this section to food or drink provided by a local education

authority or the governing body of a school include references to food

or drink provided in pursuance of an agreement or other arrangement

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made by such an authority or body for the provision of food or drink.”

(2)   

In section 512(4) of EA 1996 (LEA functions concerning provision of meals), for

“section 114(2) of the School Standards and Framework Act 1998 (lunches

provided by LEAs to meet nutritional standards)” substitute “section 114A(4)

of the School Standards and Framework Act 1998 (requirements for food and

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drink provided on school premises etc)”.

(3)   

Any regulations made under section 114 of SSFA 1998 which have effect

immediately before the commencement of this section have effect after that

commencement as if made under section 114A of that Act (as substituted by

subsection (1)).

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Power to charge for provision of meals etc

(1)   

In section 512ZA of EA 1996 (duty of LEA to charge for meals etc)—

(a)   

in subsection (1), for “shall” substitute “may”,

(b)   

in subsection (2), for “A local education authority shall” substitute

“Where a local education authority exercise the power to charge under

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subsection (1), they must”, and

(c)   

in the heading, for “Duty” substitute “Power”.

(2)   

In section 533 of EA 1996 (duties of governing bodies with respect to provision

of school meals etc)—

(a)   

in subsection (3), for the words from “shall” to the end substitute “may

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charge for anything so provided.”,

(b)   

after that subsection, insert—

“(4)   

Where the governing body of a school exercise the power to

charge under subsection (3), they must charge every person the

same price for the same quantity of the same item.”, and

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(c)   

in the heading, for “Duties” substitute “Functions”.

Part 7

Discipline, behaviour and exclusion

Chapter 1

School Discipline

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Certain schools required to have behaviour policy

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Responsibility of governing body for discipline

(1)   

The governing body of a relevant school must ensure that policies designed to

promote good behaviour and discipline on the part of its pupils are pursued at

the school.

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(2)   

In particular, the governing body—

(a)   

must make, and from time to time review, a written statement of

general principles to which the head teacher is to have regard in

determining any measures under section 81(1), and

(b)   

where they consider it desirable that any particular measures should be

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so determined by the head teacher or that he should have regard to any

particular matters—

(i)   

shall notify him of those measures or matters, and

(ii)   

may give him such guidance as they consider appropriate.

(3)   

Before making or revising the statement required by subsection (2)(a) the

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governing body must consult (in such manner as appears to them to be

appropriate)—

(a)   

the head teacher,

(b)   

such other persons who work at the school (whether or not for

payment) as it appears to the governing body to be appropriate to

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consult,

(c)   

parents of registered pupils at the school, and

(d)   

a sample of the registered pupils at the school.

(4)   

In exercising their functions under subsection (2) the governing body must

have regard to any guidance given from time to time—

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(a)   

in relation to England, by the Secretary of State, and

(b)   

in relation to Wales, by the Assembly.

(5)   

In this section and section 81

“relevant school” means—

(a)   

a community, foundation or voluntary school,

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(b)   

a community or foundation special school,

(c)   

a maintained nursery school,

(d)   

a pupil referral unit, or

(e)   

a school approved by the Secretary of State or the Assembly

under section 342 of EA 1996 (approval of non-maintained

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special schools);

“governing body”, in relation to a school approved by the Secretary of

State or the Assembly under section 342 of EA 1996, means the

proprietor of the school.

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Determination by head teacher of behaviour policy

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(1)   

The head teacher of a relevant school must determine measures, which may

include the making of rules and provision for disciplinary penalties (as defined

by section 82), to be taken with a view to—

(a)   

promoting, among pupils, self-discipline and proper regard for

authority,

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(b)   

encouraging good behaviour and respect for others on the part of

pupils and, in particular, preventing all forms of bullying among

pupils,

(c)   

securing that the standard of behaviour of pupils is acceptable,

(d)   

securing that pupils complete any tasks reasonably assigned to them in

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connection with their education, and

(e)   

otherwise regulating the conduct of pupils.

 
 

 
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