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

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 6:31 pm on 7th July 2010.

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Photo of Baroness Walmsley Baroness Walmsley Liberal Democrat 6:31 pm, 7th July 2010

I thank the Minister for his reply and the noble Baroness, Lady Morgan of Drefelin, for her support. The noble Lord says that academies will have to deliver the early years foundation stage. However, it does not say that in the Bill. The difficulty has arisen because of uncertainty about the independent status-or not-of academies. According to independent schools, the definition of "independent" is a school that is inspected by the Independent Schools Inspectorate. However, that does not apply to the schools that we are discussing. Nevertheless, the Minister could not have been clearer on that matter. I suspect that the Early Childhood Forum will very much welcome a meeting with officials to set its mind totally at rest. It will probably be satisfied with the clarity of the Minister's reply, but I think that it will take advantage of the invitation anyway. I wait to hear what it says to me when that meeting has taken place. I beg leave to withdraw the amendment.

Amendment 10 withdrawn.

Amendments 10A to 10C not moved.

Amendment 11

Moved by Lord Hill of Oareford

11: Clause 1, page 2, line 9, at end insert-

"( ) Academy arrangements in relation to a school within subsection (5)(a)(i) must include provision imposing obligations on the proprietor of the school that are equivalent to the SEN obligations.

( ) "The SEN obligations" are the obligations imposed on governing bodies of maintained schools by-

(a) Chapter 1 of Part 4 of EA 1996 (children with special educational needs), and

(b) regulations made under any provision of that Chapter."