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Information: supply by public bodies.     109. - (1) For the purpose of the provision of services in pursuance of section 103(1), any of the bodies mentioned in subsection (2) may supply information about a young person-
    (a) to the Secretary of State;
    (b) to any other person involved in the provision of those services.
      (2) Those bodies are-
    (a) a local authority,
    (b) a Health Authority,
    (c) the Learning and Skills Council for England,
    (d) a probation committee, and
    (e) a youth offending team.
Recreation and social and physical training.     110. - (1) Section 508 of the Education Act 1996 (local education authorities: recreation and social and physical training) shall be amended as follows.
      (2) In subsection (1) for "secondary and further education" substitute "and secondary education".
      (3) After subsection (1) insert-
    "(1A) A local education authority may provide facilities for recreation and social and physical training as part of the facilities for further education provided (whether or not by them) for their area."
      (4) In subsection (2) for "For that purpose" substitute "For the purpose of subsection (1) or (1A)".
Sections 103 to 110: interpretation.     111. In sections 103 to 110-
    "local authority" has the meaning given by section 579(1) of the Education Act 1996 (interpretation),
    "Health Authority" has the meaning given by section 8 of the National Health Service Act 1977,
    "parent", in relation to a child, means a person who has parental responsibility for him within the meaning of section 3 of the Children Act 1989,
    "probation committee" means a committee established under section 3 of the Probation Service Act 1993,
    "police authority" has the meaning given by section 101 of the Police Act 1996,
    "young person" has the meaning given by section 103(4), and
    "youth offending team" means a team established under section 39 of the Crime and Disorder Act 1998.
Careers services.     112. The following shall be inserted after section 10A of the Employment and Training Act 1973 (careers services)-
"Inspection.     10B. - (1) The Secretary of State shall arrange for the inspection of services provided in pursuance of section 8 or 9.
    (2) For the purpose of subsection (1) the Secretary of State may request Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Schools in England-
    (a) to arrange for an inspection of and a report about the provision by any person or institution of services which are provided in pursuance of section 8 or 9;
    (b) to advise, on the basis of matters arising in the course of inspections under paragraph (a), about any matter relating to those services.
      (3) The Chief Inspector shall comply with a request under subsection (2).
      (4) A request under subsection (2)-
    (a) may be general or in relation to specific matters,
    (b) may relate to specific persons or institutions, or to specific classes of persons or institutions, providing services, and
    (c) may relate to specific areas.
      (5) Subsections (6) and (7) apply where the Secretary of State makes a request under subsection (2)(a) for the inspection of the provision of services by a specified person or institution.
      (6) A person carrying out or participating in the inspection shall have the same powers as an Inspector of Schools under the following provisions of the School Inspections Act 1996-
    (a) section 3(3)(a) and (b) (right of access), and
    (b) section 42 (computer records).
      (7) Section 42A of the 1996 Act (publication of reports) shall apply."
Other miscellaneous provisions
Induction periods for teachers.     113. - (1) Section 19 of the Teaching and Higher Education Act 1998 (requirement to serve induction period) shall be amended as follows.
      (2) In subsection (1) after paragraph (b) insert-
    (c) in such circumstances as may be prescribed, a further education institution (or a further education institution of a prescribed description)."
      (3) In subsection (2)-
    (a) in paragraph (f) omit "employed as a teacher at a school", and
    (b) in paragraph (k) after "schools" insert "or to further education institutions".
      (4) In subsection (6), for "subsection (2)" substitute "subsections (2) and (6A)".
      (5) After subsection (6) insert-
    "(6A) Regulations under subsection (1)(c) may, in particular-
    (a) provide that an induction period may not be begun without approval of the appropriate body for the serving of that induction period;
    (b) provide for approval to be general or specific;
    (c) make provision (including transitional provision) about the withdrawal of approval;
    (d) impose conditions or limitations on the appropriate body's power to give or withhold approval."
      (6) In subsection (10) after paragraph (c) insert-
    "(d) "a further education institution" means an institution within the further education sector."
      (7) After subsection (10) insert-
    "(11) In the application of this section to a further education institution-
    (a) a reference to a school term shall be taken as a reference to a term of the institution;
    (b) a reference to the head teacher of a school shall be taken as a reference to the principal of the institution."
Assessments relating to learning difficulties.     114. - (1) Subsection (2) applies if-
    (a) a local education authority maintains a statement of special educational needs for a person under section 324 of the Education Act 1996, and
    (b) the Secretary of State believes that the person will leave school at the end of his last year of compulsory schooling to receive post-16 education or training (within the meaning of Part I of this Act) or higher education (within the meaning of the Education Reform Act 1988).
      (2) The Secretary of State must arrange for an assessment of the person to be conducted at some time during the person's last year of compulsory schooling.
      (3) The Secretary of State may at any time arrange for an assessment to be conducted of a person-
    (a) who is in his last year of compulsory schooling or who is over compulsory school age but has not attained the age of 19, and
    (b) who appears to the Secretary of State to have a learning difficulty (within the meaning of section 13).
      (4) For the purposes of this section an assessment of a person is an assessment resulting in a written report of-
    (a) his educational and training needs, and
    (b) the provision required to meet them.
      (5) A local education authority must send a copy of a statement maintained by it under section 324 of the Education Act 1996 to the Secretary of State on his request.
      (6) In its application to Wales this section is to have effect as if references to the Secretary of State were to the National Assembly.
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