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Children, Schools and Families Bill [HL]



AMENDMENTS
TO BE MOVED
IN COMMITTEE

Clause 6

BARONESS VERMA

LORD BATES

Page 7, line 33, at end insert—

“( ) state a minimum participation rate of at least 40 per cent of eligible parents for the survey to be regarded as having been carried out.”

Clause 11

LORD ALTON OF LIVERPOOL

Lord Alton of Liverpool gives notice of his intention to oppose the Question that Clause 11 stand part of the Bill.

Clause 12

LORD ALTON OF LIVERPOOL

Lord Alton of Liverpool gives notice of his intention to oppose the Question that Clause 12 stand part of the Bill.

Clause 13

LORD ALTON OF LIVERPOOL

Lord Alton of Liverpool gives notice of his intention to oppose the Question that Clause 13 stand part of the Bill.

Clause 14

LORD ALTON OF LIVERPOOL

Lord Alton of Liverpool gives notice of his intention to oppose the Question that Clause 14 stand part of the Bill.

After Clause 14

LORD ALTON OF LIVERPOOL

Insert the following new Clause—

“Polls of parents of registered pupils

(1) A local authority shall, where subsection (2) applies in relation to any school maintained by that authority, conduct a poll to ascertain the views of registered parents of registered pupils at that school in connection with the provision of relevant education.

(2) This subsection applies where—

(a) the local autority has received a petition signed by ten percent or more of the registered parents of registered pupils at a school maintained by the authority; and

(b) the petition requests a poll on a specific proposition in connection with the provision at that school of relevant education; and

(c) no poll under this section has been conducted at that school within the previous two years.

(3) The poll must invite all registered parents of registered pupils at the school to indicate whether they agree or disagree with the specific proposition.

(4) The poll on the specific proposition must be conducted within two months of the date on which the conditions in subsection (2) are fulfilled.

(5) If a majority of those voting in the poll support the specific proposition the local authority shall take such steps as are reasonably practicable to secure that the school complies with the effect of that proposition within three months of the date on which the poll ends.

(6) For the purposes of this section—

(a) “relevant education” means education about sex or sexuality;

(b) “registered” means shown in the register kept under section 434 of the Education Act 1996;

(c) a specific proposition may not include any proposition with which it would be unlawful for the school to comply, or any proposition on the content of the statutory National Curriculum or the required provision for religious education;

(d) the petition referred to in subsection (2) must be received by an officer of the local authority who must be designated for the purpose by the local authority.”

Insert the following new Clause—

“Sex education: rights of parents

(1) The Secretary of State shall by regulations establish a scheme—

(a) to notify registered parents of registered pupils in schools to which section (Polls of parents of registered pupils) applies of—

(i) the effect of, and their rights under, that section,

(ii) the name and address of the officer designated under subsection (6)(d) of that section;

(b) to notify registered parents of registered pupils in maintained schools of their rights under this subsection;

(c) for each maintained school to consult with registered parents of registered pupils at that school about the manner of provision of education in accordance with section 403 of the Education Act 1996 and about the contents of any written statement made in pursuance of section 404(1)(a) of that Act;

(d) for the full disclosure by each maintained school to registered parents of registered pupils at that school of—

(i) the materials used at that school in the provision of education in accordance with section 403 of the Education Act 1996, and

(ii) a policy for that school on the use of any person, other than a teacher employed in the school, for providing or assisting in providing education in accordance with section 403 of the Education Act 1996, such policy to include information on the purposes for which such persons will be used and the nature of any organisations which they may represent; and

(e) for the issuing of guidance under section 403(1A) of the Education Act 1996 in respect of the matters specified in that section and noting the effect of this subsection and of section (Poll of parents of registered pupils).

(2) For the purposes of this section—

(a) “materials” includes, but is not limited to, any book, teaching aid, visual or photographic material, video, or computer programme;

(b) “maintained school” has the meaning given by section 6(4) of the Education Act 2002;

(c) “registered” means shown in the register kept under section 434 of the Education Act 1996.

(3) Regulations made under this section shall be made by statutory instrument and shall not be made unless a draft of the instrument has been laid before, and approved by a resolution of, both Houses of Parliament.”

Clause 19

BARONESS VERMA

LORD BATES

Page 18, line 9, after “other” insert “educational”

Page 18, line 14, at end insert—

“( ) After subsection (2) there is inserted—

“( ) A person may not be appointed as, or remain, a school improvement partner unless he is for the time being approved by the governing body and head teacher of the school.””

Clause 20

BARONESS VERMA

LORD BATES

Page 18, line 25, leave out lines 25 to 30 and insert—

(a) for subsection (2) there is substituted—

“( ) For the purposes of this section—

(a) information as to the views of prescribed persons about the school;

(b) information about the continuing education of pupils leaving a school;

(c) information about the employment or training taken up by such pupils on leaving a school;

is to be treated as information about the school.””

Clause 23

BARONESS VERMA

LORD BATES

Page 22, line 40, at end insert—

“( ) Regulations under subsection (2) may only be made after consulting with the Council.”

Clause 24

BARONESS VERMA

LORD BATES

Page 24, line 20, at end insert—

“( ) Regulations may only be made under subsection (1) after the council has issued a statement expressing its support for the introduction of a licence to practice as described in section 23 of the Children, Schools and Families Act 2010.”

Page 24, leave out lines 32 to 34

Schedule 1

BARONESS VERMA

LORD BATES

Page 39, line 9, after “shall” insert “for its own internal use,”

Page 39, line 12, at end insert—

“( ) The register referred to in subsection (1) shall not be publicly available.”

Page 39, line 35, at end insert—

“( ) A decision under subsection (2) shall be made within 20 working days of the receipt of the application from the parent by the local authority.”

Page 41, leave out lines 17 to 19

Page 41, line 22, leave out from “which” to “any” in line 23

Page 41, line 26, leave out “a statement mentioned in paragraph (b), or other”

Page 41, line 28, at end insert—

“( ) The prescribed information mentioned in paragraph (4)(b) shall not be burdensome and need not require detailed curriculum, or teaching plans.”


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