Academies Bill [HL] — Report (2nd Day)

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 5:15 pm on 7th July 2010.

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Photo of Baroness Royall of Blaisdon Baroness Royall of Blaisdon Shadow Leader of the House of Lords 5:15 pm, 7th July 2010

My Lords, I am grateful to the Minister for his very full response. I certainly accept that there is nothing in current legislation stipulating that academies must abide by the admissions code. I accept that the safeguards are adequate for 200-plus academies but when it comes to 2,000-plus, which there may well be if free schools become academies, then perhaps greater safeguards are needed.

I tend to agree with the right reverend Prelate the Bishop of Lincoln that sometimes it is necessary for things which are implicit to be made explicit, as that inspires confidence. I certainly urge the Minister to take the opportunity to make explicit the fact that academies have to abide by the admissions code by putting that into the Bill. However, I accept the arguments that he made and beg leave to withdraw the amendment.

Amendment 8 withdrawn.

Amendment 9

Moved by Baroness Massey of Darwen

9: Clause 1, page 2, line 3, at end insert "except that Personal, Social and Health Education shall be a curriculum requirement"