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: http://www.education.gov.uk/aboutdfe/departmentalinformation/educationbill/a0 073748/education-bill
- These Explanatory Notes relate to the Education Bill as introduced in the
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.
SUMMARY AND BACKGROUND
- The Education Bill is founded on the principles and proposals in the
Education November 2010 White Paper, The Importance of Teaching http://www.education.gov.uk/schools/teachingandlearning/schoolswhitepaper/b0 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.
- The Bill will remove duties on schools and local authorities to give them
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.
- The Bill will change school accountability, with more focused Ofsted
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.
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- 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 .
- 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.
- 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.