Main points of the education Bill

17th March 2006 at 00:00
"Trust" schools: State-funded independent schools will be easier to set up.

They can be controlled by outside organisations, such as businesses or charities, which do not have to provide funding. (England only.) Admissions: Schools must "act in accordance" with rather than "having regard" to the admissions code which is to be policed by local forums.

Interviews and new academic selection banned. Easier for schools to introduce banded admissions. (England and Wales only.) Failing schools: Given a year to improve or face closure. Local authorities able to intervene quicker and force struggling schools to federate.

(England only.) Disadvantaged families: Free transport to good schools. (England only.) Local authorities: Given strategic commissioning role with duties to ensure each child reaches their educational potential and to promote sustainable school travel. Able to create new community schools subject to Education Secretary's veto. (England only.) Parents: Local authorities must consider their demands for new schools.

Trust schools where sponsors appoint majority of governors must set up parent councils. (England only.) Behaviour: School staff given clear legal right to discipline pupils, use reasonable force and give detentions outside school hours; scope of parenting orders and contracts extended; parents required to take responsibility for pupils during first five days of exclusion.

(England and Wales, except measure on exclusions, which is England only.) Ofsted: Merged with other children's services inspectorates. (England only.) School dinners: Tough new nutritional standards for food and drink.

(England and Wales.) 14-19 curriculum: Pupils get entitlement to new specialised diplomas.

(England only.)

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