Other personal, social, health and economic education

Children and Social Work Bill [Lords] – in the House of Commons at 2:58 pm on 7th March 2017.

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‘(1) The Secretary of State may by regulations make provision requiring personal, social, health and economic education (beyond that required by virtue of section [Education relating to relationships and sex]) to be provided—

(a) to pupils of compulsory school age receiving primary education at schools in England;

(b) to pupils receiving secondary education at schools in England.

(2) The regulations may include—

(a) provision requiring the Secretary of State to give guidance to proprietors of schools in relation to the provision of the education;

(b) provision requiring proprietors of schools to have regard to that guidance;

(c) provision requiring proprietors of schools to make statements of policy in relation to the education to be provided, and to make the statements available to parents or other persons;

(d) further provision in connection with the provision of the education.

(3) Before making the regulations, the Secretary of State must consult such persons as the Secretary of State considers appropriate.

(4) The regulations may amend any provision (including provision conferring powers) that is made by or under—

(a) section 342 of the Education Act 1996;

(b) Chapter 4 of Part 5 of the Education Act 1996;

(c) Schedule 1 to the Education Act 1996;

(d) Part 6 of the Education Act 2002;

(e) Chapter 1 of Part 4 of the Education and Skills Act 2008;

(f) the Academies Act 2010.

(5) The provision that may be made by regulations under subsection (1) by virtue of section 70 includes, in particular, provision amending, repealing or revoking any provision made by or under any Act or any other instrument or document (whenever passed or made).

(6) Regulations under subsection (1) which amend provision made by or under an Act are subject to the affirmative resolution procedure.

(7) Other regulations under subsection (1) are subject to the negative resolution procedure.

(8) Expressions used in this section, where listed in the left-hand column of the table in section 580 of the Education Act 1996, are to be interpreted in accordance with the provisions of that Act listed in the right-hand column in relation to those expressions.

(9) A power to make provision under this section does not limit any power to make provision of the same kind under another Act.”

This new clause would enable the Secretary of State to make regulations requiring personal, social, health and economic education to be provided at schools in England. The power could be exercised in relation to all schools, or just in relation to schools of a particular kind, for example Academy schools and maintained schools.—(Edward Timpson.)

Brought up, read the First and Second time, and added to the Bill.

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