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reasonably practicable to secure that, where sex and relationships education is

given to any registered pupils at the school”.

(3)   

After that subsection there is inserted—

“(1ZA)   

The schools to which this section applies are—

(a)   

maintained schools;

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(b)   

city technology colleges;

(c)   

city colleges for the technology of the arts;

(d)   

Academies.

   

A reference in this section or section 404 to the governing body of a

school, in relation to a school within paragraph (b), (c) or (d), shall be

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read as a reference to the proprietor of the school.”

(4)   

In subsection (1A)—

(a)   

for “when sex education is given to registered pupils at maintained

schools” there is substituted “when sex and relationships education is

given to registered pupils at schools to which this section applies”;

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(b)   

in paragraph (a), after “, and” there is inserted “learn the nature of civil

partnership and the importance of strong and stable relationships.”;

(c)   

paragraph (b) is omitted.

(5)   

In subsection (1C), for “sex education” there is substituted “sex and

relationships education”.

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(6)   

In section 579 of that Act (general interpretation), in the definition of “sex

education” in subsection (1)—

(a)   

for “sex education” there is substituted “sex and relationships

education”;

(b)   

at the end there is inserted—

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“but does not include education about human reproduction

provided as part of any science teaching;”.

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Exemption from sex and relationships education

For section 405 of EA 1996 there is substituted—

“405    

Exemption from sex and relationships education

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If the parent of a pupil under the age of 15 in attendance at a school to

which section 403 applies requests that the pupil may be wholly or

partly excused from receiving sex and relationships education at the

school, the pupil shall be so excused accordingly until—

(a)   

the request is withdrawn, or

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(b)   

the pupil attains the age of 15.”

Powers of governing bodies

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Power to provide community facilities etc

(1)   

In section 27 of EA 2002 (power of governing body to provide community

 
 

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facilities etc), after subsection (1) there is inserted—

“(1A)   

At least once in every school year the governing body of a maintained

school in England shall consider whether, and if so how, they should

exercise the power under subsection (1).”

(2)   

In section 50 of SSFA 1998 (effect of financial delegation), after subsection (3)

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there is inserted—

“(3A)   

In the case of a school in England—

(a)   

subject to regulations under paragraph (b) below, subsection

(3)(a) has effect as if amounts spent on providing facilities or

services under section 27 of the Education Act 2002 (power of

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governing body to provide community facilities etc) were spent

for purposes of the school;

(b)   

regulations may impose restrictions as to the matters on which

amounts may be spent under subsection (3)(a).”

(3)   

In subsection (4) of that section, for “In subsection (3) “purposes of the school””

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there is substituted “In the case of a school in Wales, “purposes of the school”

in subsection (3)”.

(4)   

In section 51A of SSFA 1998 (expenditure incurred for community purposes),

in subsections (1) and (2), after “a maintained school” there is inserted “in

Wales”.

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Power to form company to establish Academy, etc

(1)   

The governing body of a maintained school in England may—

(a)   

form, or participate in forming, a company to enter into an agreement

under section 482 of EA 1996 (agreement with Secretary of State to

establish etc an Academy), and

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(b)   

do anything which appears to them to be necessary or expedient in

connection with a proposal that an agreement under that section be

entered into with a company formed (or proposed to be formed) by

them under paragraph (a).

   

References in this subsection to a company are to a company registered under

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the Companies Act 2006 as a company limited by guarantee.

(2)   

The governing body of a maintained school in England—

(a)   

may be a member of a company which they have formed, or

participated in forming, under subsection (1)(a), and

(b)   

may be a member of a company which is not within paragraph (a) but

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which is party to an agreement under section 482 of EA 1996.

(3)   

The power conferred by subsection (1)(b) includes, in particular, power—

(a)   

to incur expenditure;

(b)   

to enter into arrangements or agreements with any person.

(4)   

This section is not to be read as limiting any powers that the governing body

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of a maintained school have otherwise than by virtue of this section.

(5)   

In this section “maintained school” means a community, foundation or

voluntary school or a community or foundation special school.

 
 

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Powers to assist etc proprietor of Academy and be a member of a foundation

(1)   

Paragraph 3 of Schedule 1 to EA 2002 (powers of governing body) is amended

as follows.

(2)   

After sub-paragraph (2) there is inserted—

“(2A)   

The governing body of a maintained school in England (other than the

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governing body of a maintained nursery school) may provide advice

and assistance to the proprietor of an Academy.

(2B)   

The governing body of a maintained school in England may be a

member of the foundation of another maintained school in England.

   

In this sub-paragraph “foundation” has the meaning given by section

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21(3) of the 1998 Act, except that it does not include a foundation

established under that Act.”

(3)   

In sub-paragraph (3)—

(a)   

in the words before paragraph (a), for “and (2)” there is substituted

“, (2) and (2A)”;

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(b)   

in paragraph (f), after “sub-paragraph (2)” there is inserted “or (2A)”.

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Power to propose new schools

After section 11 of EIA 2006 there is inserted—

“11A    

Restriction on power of governing body to make proposals

(1)   

The governing body of a maintained school may make proposals

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pursuant to a notice under section 7 or publish proposals under section

11(2) only if the governing body are for the time being designated for

the purposes of this section—

(a)   

by the Secretary of State, or

(b)   

by a person authorised by the Secretary of State to designate

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governing bodies for those purposes.

(2)   

The governing body of a maintained nursery school may not be

designated for the purposes of this section.”

School improvement etc

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School improvement partners

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(1)   

Section 5 of EIA 2006 (school improvement partners) is amended as follows.

(2)   

In subsection (1)—

(a)   

after “advice” there is inserted “and other services of a prescribed

description”;

(b)   

for “with a view to improving standards at the school” there is

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substituted “with a view to—

(a)   

improving standards at the school, and

(b)   

improving the well-being of pupils at the school.”

 
 

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(3)   

After subsection (5) there is inserted—

“(5A)   

In exercising functions under or by virtue of this section, an authority

must have regard to any guidance given from time to time by the

Secretary of State.”

(4)   

In subsection (6), after the definition of “regulations” there is inserted—

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““well-being” means well-being so far as relating to the matters

mentioned in section 10(2) of the Children Act 2004.”

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Provision of information about schools, etc

(1)   

In section 537 of EA 1996 (power of Secretary of State to require information

from governing bodies etc)—

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(a)   

in subsection (2), for “this section information” there is substituted “this

section—

(a)   

information as to the views of prescribed persons about

the school is to be treated as information about the

school;

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(b)   

information”;

(b)   

after subsection (8) there is inserted—

“(8A)   

If regulations under this section require a governing body or

proprietor to provide information as to the views of prescribed

persons, they may make provision also about arrangements to

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be made by the governing body or proprietor for the purpose of

obtaining that information.”

(2)   

After that section there is inserted—

“537ZA  

  Power to require information about funded education

(1)   

The appropriate national authority may by regulations make provision

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requiring a local authority to provide prescribed information relating

to—

(a)   

arrangements made by the authority for, or in connection with,

the provision of funded education (their “section 19

arrangements”),

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(b)   

the provision of funded education that is made by virtue of their

section 19 arrangements, or

(c)   

activities engaged in or services provided in connection with

the provision of funded education that is made by virtue of their

section 19 arrangements.

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(2)   

The appropriate national authority may by regulations also make

provision requiring a person who provides funded education (a

“section 19 provider”) to provide prescribed information relating to—

(a)   

the provision of that education, or

(b)   

activities engaged in or services provided by the provider in

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connection with the provision of that education.

(3)   

For the purposes of this section—

(a)   

information as to the views of prescribed persons about funded

education provided by a section 19 provider is to be treated as

information relating to the provision of that education, and

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(b)   

information about the continuing education of persons ceasing

to be provided with funded education by a section 19 provider,

or the employment or training taken up by persons on ceasing

to be provided with funded education by a section 19 provider,

is to be treated as information relating to the provision of

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funded education by that provider.

(4)   

Where the appropriate national authority exercises the power to make

regulations under this section, the power shall be exercised with a view

to making available information which is likely to—

(a)   

increase public awareness of the quality of funded education

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and of the educational standards achieved by children and

young persons to whom funded education is provided, or

(b)   

assist in assessing the degree of efficiency with which financial

resources are managed in connection with the provision of

funded education.

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(5)   

In this section—

“the appropriate national authority” means—

(a)   

in relation to a local authority or section 19 provider in

England, the Secretary of State;

(b)   

in relation to a local authority or section 19 provider in

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Wales, the Welsh Ministers;

“funded education” has the meaning given in section 537B(9);

“prescribed” means prescribed in regulations under this section.

(6)   

Subsections (4) to (12) of section 537 apply for the purposes of this

section as if—

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(a)   

the references in those subsections to regulations under section

537 were to regulations under this section;

(b)   

in subsections (4) and (6)(b), the references to the purposes of

section 537 were to the purposes of this section;

(c)   

in subsection (7)—

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(i)   

the reference to the governing body of a school

maintained by a local authority, in paragraph (a), were

to a section 19 provider;

(ii)   

paragraph (b) were omitted;

(d)   

in subsection (8A), the references to a governing body or

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proprietor were to a local authority or section 19 provider;

(e)   

the references in subsection (11) to schools were to section 19

providers.”

(3)   

After section 569 of EA 1996 there is inserted—  

“569A   

  Regulations made by the Welsh Ministers under section 537ZA

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(1)   

The power of the Welsh Ministers to make regulations under section

537ZA shall be exercised by statutory instrument.

(2)   

A statutory instrument containing regulations under section 537ZA

made by the Welsh Ministers shall be subject to annulment in

pursuance of a resolution of the National Assembly for Wales.

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(3)   

Regulations made by the Welsh Ministers under section 537ZA may

make different provision for different cases, circumstances or areas and

 
 

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may contain such incidental, supplemental, saving or transitional

provisions as the Welsh Ministers think fit.”

(4)   

In EA 2002, section 30A (school profiles) is omitted.

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Schools eligible for intervention: powers of local authority

(1)   

Section 63 of EIA 2006 (power of local authority to require governing body to

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enter into arrangements) is amended as follows.

(2)   

In paragraph (d) of subsection (1)—

(a)   

the words “or joining” are omitted;

(b)   

at the end there is inserted “, that falls within subsection (1A),

(e)   

to take specified steps for the purpose of altering the

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school to make it fall within subsection (1B), or

(f)   

in the case of a foundation or foundation special school

to which section 25 applies, to publish proposals under

that section for the removal of the school’s foundation.”

(3)   

After subsection (1) there is inserted—

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“(1A)   

A federation falls within this subsection if the schools that form the

federation include the school that is eligible for intervention and at least

one school whose governing body immediately before the creation of

the federation was for the time being designated for the purposes of

this subsection—

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(a)   

by the Secretary of State, or

(b)   

by a person authorised by the Secretary of State to designate

governing bodies for those purposes.

(1B)   

A school falls within this subsection if—

(a)   

it is a foundation or foundation special school which has a

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foundation,

(b)   

in order for the foundation to be properly constituted, its

members must include at least one person who is for the time

being designated for the purposes of this subsection—

(i)   

by the Secretary of State, or

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(ii)   

by a person authorised by the Secretary of State to

designate persons for those purposes, and

(c)   

the school’s instrument of government provides for a majority

of the governing body to be foundation governors.”

(4)   

After subsection (4) there is inserted—

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“(5)   

In subsection (1)(d) the reference to “creating” a federation that falls

within subsection (1A) includes a reference to creating such a

federation by joining a school to an existing federation.

(6)   

In this section “foundation” means a foundation established otherwise

than under SSFA 1998.”

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Schools causing concern: powers of Secretary of State, etc

(1)   

Part 4 of EIA 2006 (schools causing concern: England) is amended as follows.

(2)   

In section 60 (performance standards and safety warning notice), in subsection

 
 

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(6), before paragraph (a) there is inserted—

“(za)   

the Secretary of State,”.

(3)   

In section 60A (teachers’ pay and conditions warning notice), in subsection (6),

before paragraph (a) there is inserted—

“(za)   

the Secretary of State,”.

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(4)   

In section 68 (power of Secretary of State to direct closure of school), in

subsection (1), for “by virtue of section 62 (school requiring special measures)”

there is substituted “other than by virtue of section 60A”.

(5)   

In section 69A (the heading of which becomes “Power of Secretary of State to

direct authority to give performance standards and safety warning notice”)—

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(a)   

subsection (5) is omitted;

(b)   

in subsection (8), paragraph (b) and the word “, and” before it are

omitted;

(c)   

for subsection (9) there is substituted—

“(9)   

If the response states that the authority have decided not to give

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a warning notice to the governing body in the specified terms—

(a)   

the response must set out the authority’s reasons for the

decision, and

(b)   

the Secretary of State may direct the authority to give the

warning notice to the governing body in those terms

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(and to withdraw any previous warning notice given to

the governing body under section 60).

(9A)   

If the Secretary of State directs the authority under subsection

(9)(b) to give a warning notice to the governing body in the

specified terms, the authority must comply with the direction

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under subsection (9)(b) before the end of the period of 5

working days beginning with the day on which that direction is

given.”;

(d)   

for subsection (10) there is substituted—

“(10)   

Section 60 has effect, in relation to a notice served under it in

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compliance with a direction under subsection (9)(b), as if—

(a)   

in subsection (1), paragraphs (b) and (c) were omitted;

(b)   

in subsection (4), paragraph (c) were omitted;

(c)   

subsections (5) and (7) to (9) were omitted;

(d)   

in the definition of “the compliance period” in

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subsection (10), for the words from “means” to “on

which he does so” there were substituted “means the

period beginning with the day on which the warning

notice is given”.

(11)   

A direction under this section must be in writing.”

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(6)   

In section 69B (power of Secretary of State to direct authority to give teachers’

pay and conditions warning notice)—

(a)   

in subsection (7), paragraph (b) and the word “, and” before it are

omitted;

(b)   

in subsection (9), paragraph (b) and the word “, and” before it are

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omitted;

 
 

 
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