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Proposed SAOs

Page history last edited by Clare 10 years ago

 

December 2009:

 

This is what section 437 etc of the Ed Act 1996 would look like if the proposals in the Children Schools and Families Bill are adopted:

 

 

 

New additions are shown in blue, deletions are shown as strikethroughs.

 

 

Chapter II School attendance

School attendance orders

437 School attendance orders

(A1)   

Subsection (B1) applies if—

 

 

(a)   

it appears to a local authority in England that a child of

 

compulsory school age in their area is not receiving suitable education, and

 


(b)   

the child does not appear to the authority to be a home-educated child.


 

 

(B1)   

The authority shall serve a notice in writing on the child’s parent

 

requiring the parent to satisfy them within the period specified in the

 

notice that the child is either—

 

(a)   

receiving suitable education provided wholly or partly by

 

regular attendance at school, or otherwise than at school under section 19,


 

(b)   

registered on their home education register, or

 

 

(c)   

in the area of another authority and registered on that

authority’s home education register.

 

(1) If it appears to a local education authority in Wales that a child of compulsory school age in their area is not receiving suitable education, either by regular attendance at school or otherwise, they shall serve a notice in writing on the parent requiring him to satisfy them within the period specified in the notice that the child is receiving such education.

 

(2) The period specified in a notice under this section shall not be less than 15 days beginning with the day on which the notice is served.

 

(3) If—

(a) a parent on whom a notice has been served under subsection (B1) or (1) fails to satisfy the local education authority as specified in the notice, within the period specified in the notice, that the child is receiving suitable education, and

 

(b) in the opinion of the authority it is expedient that the child should attend school, and

 

 

  

(c) in the case of a notice served under subsection (B1),

 

the child does not appear to the authority to be a home- educated child,

 

 

 

 

 

 

the authority shall serve a school attendance order on the parent on the parent an order (referred to in this Act as a “school attendance order”), in such form as may be prescribed, requiring him to cause the child to become a registered pupil at a school named in the order

(3A)   If it appears to a local authority in England—

 

(a)   

that a child of compulsory school age in their area is a home-

 

educated child, but is not registered on their home education register, and

 

 

(b)   

that it is expedient that the child should attend school,

 

 

   

the authority shall serve a school attendance order on the child’s parent.

 

 

 

(3B)   

In determining for the purposes of subsection (3A)(b) whether it is

 

expedient that a child should attend school, an authority shall

 

disregard any education being provided to the child as a home-educated child.

 


 

 

(4) A school attendance order shall (subject to any amendment made by the local education authority) continue in force for so long as the child is of compulsory school age, unless—

 

(a) it is revoked by the authority, or

 

(b) a direction is made in respect of it under section 443(2) or 447(5).

 

(5) Where a maintained or grant-maintained school is named in a school attendance order, the local education authority shall inform the governing body and the head teacher.

 

(6) Where a maintained or grant-maintained school is named in a school attendance order, the governing body (and, in the case of a maintained school, the local education authority) shall admit the child to the school.

 

(7) Subsection (6) does not affect any power to exclude from a school a pupil who is already a registered pupil there.

 

(8) In this Chapter—

·         “maintained school” means any county or voluntary school or any maintained special school which is not established in a hospital; and

·         “suitable education”, in relation to a child, means efficient full-time education suitable to his age, ability and aptitude and to any special educational needs he may have.

 

 

(9)   

In this Act “school attendance order” means an order, in such form

 

as may be prescribed, served on a child’s parent under this section

 

and requiring the parent to cause the child to become a registered

 

pupil at a school named in the order.

 

 

438 Choice of school: child without statement of special educational needs

 

1) This section applies where a local education authority are required by virtue of section 437(3) or (3A) to serve a school attendance order in respect of a child, other than a child for whom they maintain a statement under section 324.

 

(2) Before serving the order, the authority shall serve on the parent a notice in writing—

 

(a) informing him of their intention to serve the order,

 

(b) specifying the school which the authority intend to name in the order and, if they think fit, one or more other schools which they regard as suitable alternatives, and

 

(c) stating the effect of subsections (3) to (6).

 

(3) If the notice specifies one or more alternative schools and the parent selects one of them within the period of 15 days beginning with the day on which the notice is served, the school selected by him shall be named in the order.

 

(4) If—

 

(a) within the period mentioned in subsection (3)—

(i) the parent applies for the child to be admitted to a school maintained by a local education authority and, where that authority are not the authority by whom the notice was served, notifies the latter authority of the application, or

(ii) the parent applies for the child to be admitted to a grant-maintained school and notifies the authority by whom the notice was served of the application, and

 

(b) the child is offered a place at the school as a result of the application,

that school shall be named in the order.

 

(5) If—

 

(a) within the period mentioned in subsection (3), the parent applies to the local education authority by whom the notice was served for education to be provided for the child at a school which is not maintained by a local education authority and is not a grant-maintained school, and

 

(b) the child is offered a place at the school under arrangements made by the authority under which the fees payable in respect of the education provided at the school are to be paid by them under section 517,

that school shall be named in the order.

 

(6) If, within the period mentioned in subsection (3)—

 

(a) the parent—

(i) applies for the child to be admitted to a school which is not maintained by a local education authority and is not a grant-maintained school, and in respect of which no application is made under subsection (5), and

(ii) notifies the local education authority by whom the notice was served of the application,

 

(b) the child is offered a place at the school as a result of the application, and

 

(c) the school is suitable to his age, ability and aptitude and to any special educational needs he may have,

that school shall be named in the order.

 
439 Specification of schools in notices under section 438(2)

 

(1) Subject to subsection (3), a local education authority shall not, if it appears to them that subsection (2) applies in relation to any school, specify the school in a notice under section 438(2) unless they are responsible for determining the arrangements for the admission of pupils to the school.

 

(2) This subsection applies where, if the child concerned were admitted to the school in accordance with a school attendance order resulting from the notice, the number of pupils at the school in the child’s age group would exceed the number fixed—

 

(a) in the case of a maintained school, in accordance with section 416, or

 

(b) in the case of a grant-maintained school, in accordance with sections 426 to 428,

as the number of pupils in that age group which it is intended to admit to the school in the school year in which he would be admitted.

 

(3) Subsection (1) does not prevent a local education authority specifying in a notice under section 438(2) any maintained or grant-maintained school if—

 

(a) there is no maintained or grant-maintained school in their area which—

(i) the authority are not (apart from this subsection) prevented by subsection (1) from specifying, and

(ii) is, in the opinion of the authority, a reasonable distance from the home of the child concerned, and

 

(b) in the opinion of the authority, the school in question is a reasonable distance from the home of the child concerned.

 

(4) A local education authority shall not specify in a notice under section 438(2) a school from which the child concerned is permanently excluded.

 

(5) Before deciding to specify a particular maintained or grant-maintained school in a notice under section 438(2) a local education authority shall consult—

 

(a) the governing body, and

 

(b) if another local education authority are responsible for determining the arrangements for the admission of pupils to the school, that authority.

 

(6) Where a local education authority decide to specify a particular maintained or grant-maintained school in a notice under section 438(2) they shall, before serving the notice, serve notice in writing of their decision on—

 

(a) the governing body and head teacher of the school, and

 

(b) if another local education authority are responsible for determining the arrangements for the admission of pupils to the school, that authority.

 

(7) A governing body or local education authority on whom notice is served under subsection (6) may, within the period of 15 days beginning with the day on which the notice was received, apply to the Secretary of State for a direction under this section and, if they do so, shall inform the local education authority which served the notice.

 

(8) Where the Secretary of State gives a direction under this section, the school or schools to be specified in the notice under section 438(2) shall be determined in accordance with the direction.

 
440 Amendment of order at request of parent: child without statement of special educational needs

 

(1) This section applies where a school attendance order is in force in respect of a child, other than a child for whom the local education authority maintain a statement under section 324.

 

(2) If at any time—

 

(a) the parent applies for the child to be admitted to a school maintained by a local education authority or grant-maintained school which is different from the school named in the order,

 

(b) the child is offered a place at the school as a result of the application, and

 

(c) the parent requests the local education authority by whom the order was served to amend it by substituting that school for the one currently named,

the authority shall comply with the request.

 

(3) If at any time—

 

(a) the parent applies to the authority for education to be provided for the child at a school which is not maintained by a local education authority or a grant-maintained school and which is different from the school named in the order,

 

(b) the child is offered a place at the school under arrangements made by the authority under which the fees payable in respect of the education provided at the school are to be paid by them under section 517, and

 

(c) the parent requests the authority to amend the order by substituting that school for the one currently named,

the authority shall comply with the request.

 

(4) If at any time—

 

(a) the parent applies for the child to be admitted to a school which is not maintained by a local education authority and is not a grant-maintained school, which is different from the school named in the order and in respect of which no application is made under subsection (3),

 

(b) as a result of the application, the child is offered a place at the school, being a school which is suitable to his age, ability and aptitude and to any special educational needs he may have, and

 

(c) the parent requests the authority to amend the order by substituting that school for the one currently named,

the authority shall comply with the request.

 
441 Choice of school: child with statement of special educational needs

 

(1) Subsections (2) and (3) apply where a local education authority are required by virtue of section 437(3) or (3A) to serve a school attendance order in respect of a child for whom they maintain a statement under section 324.

 

(2) Where the statement specifies the name of a school, that school shall be named in the order.

 

(3) Where the statement does not specify the name of a school—

 

(a) the authority shall, in accordance with paragraph 10 of Schedule 27, amend the statement so that it specifies the name of a school, and

 

(b) that school shall then be named in the order.

 

(4) Where—

 

(a) a school attendance order is in force in respect of a child for whom the local education authority maintain a statement under section 324, and

 

(b) the name of the school specified in the statement is changed,

the local education authority shall amend the order accordingly.

 
442 Revocation of order at request of parent

 

(A1)   

Subsections (B1) to (D1) apply where a school attendance order

 

 

served by a local authority in England is in force in respect of a child.

 

 

(B1)   

If the child is registered on the authority’s home education register,

 

 

the authority shall revoke the order.

 

(C1)   

If the authority are satisfied that the child—

 

 

(a)   

is in the area of another authority, and

 

 

(b)   

is registered on that authority’s home education register,

 

 

   

they shall revoke the order.

 

 

(D1)   

If at any time the parent applies to the authority requesting that the

order be revoked on the ground that arrangements have been made

 

for the child to receive suitable education, otherwise than at a school,

 

under section 19, the authority shall comply with the request, unless

 

they are of the opinion that no satisfactory arrangements to this effect

 

have been made.

 

(1) This section applies where a school attendance order

Subsection (2) applies where a school attendance order served by a local authority in Wales

is in force in respect of a child.

 

(2) If at any time the parent applies to the local education authority requesting that the order be revoked on the ground that arrangements have been made for the child to receive suitable education otherwise than at school, the authority shall comply with the request, unless they are of the opinion that no satisfactory arrangements have been made for the education of the child otherwise than at school.

 

(3) If a parent is aggrieved by a refusal of the local education authority to comply with a request under subsection (D1) or (2), he may refer the question to the Secretary of State.

 

(4) Where a question is referred to the Secretary of State under subsection (3), he shall give such direction determining the question as he thinks fit.

 

(5) Where the child in question is one for whom the authority maintain a statement under section 324—

 

(a) subsections “(B1) to (D1) and (2) to (4) do not apply if the name of a school or other institution is specified in the statement, and

 

(b) in any other case a direction under subsection (4) may require the authority to make such amendments in the statement as the Secretary of State considers necessary or expedient in consequence of his determination.

 

School attendance: offences and education supervision orders

 
443 Offence: failure to comply with school attendance order

 

“(A1)   

A parent on whom a school attendance order is served in respect of

 

a child by a local authority in England, and who fails to comply with

the requirements of the order, is guilty of an offence unless—

 

 

(a)   

the parent proves that he is causing the child to receive

 

suitable education, otherwise than at school, under section 19

 


 (b)   

the child is registered on the authority’s home education register, or

 


 

(c)   

the parent proves that the child is in the area of another

 

authority, and the child is registered on that authority’s home

 

education register.

 

(1) If a parent on whom a school attendance order is served by a local authority in Wales fails to comply with the requirements of the order, he is guilty of an offence, unless he proves that he is causing the child to receive suitable education otherwise than at school.

 

(2) If, in proceedings for an offence under this section, the parent is acquitted, the court may direct that the school attendance order shall cease to be in force.

 

(3) A direction under subsection (2) does not affect the duty of the local education authority to take further action under section 437 if at any time the authority are of the opinion that, having regard to any change of circumstances, it is expedient to do so.

 

(4) A person guilty of an offence under this section is liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding level 3 on the standard scale.

 

 

 

[Also, later in the act]:

 

 

        

In section 580 of EA 1996 (index), in the entry for “school attendance order”,

 

 

for “section 437(3)” there is substituted “section 437(9)”.

 

 

 

 

 

Comments (3)

Clare said

at 5:33 pm on Dec 1, 2009

In a hurry - will try and fix formatting later

Kate said

at 6:28 pm on Dec 1, 2009

That's really useful Clare. Depressing, but useful.

Clare said

at 9:21 pm on Dec 1, 2009

I see that Lizelle is also doing something more detailed on her web site but being as I had already done this for my own benefit I thought I may as well post it.

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