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The Education Bill 
January 2011

Explanatory Notes which are prepared b he department sponsoring the bill are extracted here. Only  the summary is shown as the notes themselves are 69 pages long! To read more go to: 073748/education-bill


  1. These Explanatory Notes relate to the Education Bill as introduced in the
    House of Commons on 26 January 2011. They have been prepared by the Department for Education (DfE) and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) in order to assist the reader of the Bill and to help inform debate on it. They do not form part of the Bill and have not been endorsed by Parliament.


  1. The Education Bill is founded on the principles and proposals in the
    Department for Education November 2010 White Paper, The Importance of Teaching 068570/the-importance-of-teaching/The Bill includes measures to increase the authority of teachers to discipline pupils and ensure good behaviour, with a general power to search pupils for items banned under the school’s rules, the ability to issue same-day detentions and pre-charge anonymity when faced with an allegation by a pupil of a criminal offence.
  2. The Bill will remove duties on schools and local authorities to give them
    greater freedom to decide how to fulfil their functions. The Academies programme will be extended, with Academies for 16 to 19 year olds and alternative provision Academies.
  3. The Bill will change school accountability, with more focused Ofsted
    inspections and wider powers to intervene in under-performing schools. Ofqual, the independent qualifications regulator, will be required to secure that the standards of English qualifications are comparable with qualifications awarded outside the UK. The Bill will abolish five arm’s length bodies, with many of their functions ending and those which are to continue being discharged by the Secretary of State, who will be directly accountable to Parliament for them.

HCB 137—EN 55/1

  1. The Bill also makes provision to give effect to proposals to increase college freedoms and make changes to the skills entitlements that were set out in the strategy documents, Skills for Sustainable Growth (UNR: 10/1274) and Further Education – New Horizon (UNR: 10/1272) published by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills in November 2010 .
  2. The Bill will enable the Government to introduce an entitlement to free early years provision for disadvantaged two year olds and take forward two elements of the Government’s response to the Browne Review on higher education funding: enabling a real rate of interest to be charged on higher education student loans and allowing fees for part-time undergraduate courses to be capped.
  3. Further relevant background to the Bill is contained in the “Overview of the Structure of the Bill” section which details the contents of each Part of the Bill.





Editors Notes

The  bill is currently going through parliament. The first reading on the 26th January was unopposed. The second reading, on the 8th of February was also unopposed and the bill is now at the committee stage

To track the progress of the bill go to: 10-11/education/stages.html