Education Bill

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 3:08 pm on 17th June 2002.

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Photo of Baroness Blatch Baroness Blatch Shadow Deputy Leader of the House of Lords 3:08 pm, 17th June 2002

moved Amendment No. 1:

Before Clause 1, insert the following new clause—

"EXEMPTION OF INNOVATIVE PROJECTS

(1) This section has effect notwithstanding anything in Chapter 1 of this Act.

(2) A maintained school governing body may resolve to implement an innovative project which, in the opinion of the governing body, contributes to the raising of educational standards achieved by registered pupils at the school, subject to—

(a) consultation with the parents or guardians of children at the school,

(b) consultation with surrounding schools that would be affected by any project proposed under the first paragraph of this subsection, and

(c) informing the local education authority.

(3) Subject to subsection (4), the governing body may resolve to exempt any innovative project from any requirement imposed by education legislation on the governing body.

(4) The Secretary of State shall by order designate any requirement imposed by education legislation on a school governing body as not subject to exemption, relaxation or modification by a governing body, even in the case of an innovative project.

(5) Any project carried out under subsection (2) shall be evaluated, recorded and reported to parents."