Clause 86 requires an independent educational institution to apply to Ofsted for approval for any change that is material. “Material” is defined as a change involving any of the items listed in clause 82(3),
“(e) whether the institution provides accommodation for students;
(f) whether the institution is specially organised to make special educational provision for students with special educational needs”
If an institution changes to provide one of those two things, that is regarded as material.
The purpose of this probing amendment is to ascertain whether it would be material change, as specified in subsection (f), if a school catered for just one student with those needs, or whether the school would have to become wholly or mainly involved in special educational needs for it to be regarded as such. My question relates to the definition of what constitutes “material” in subsection (f).
I will be brief, to help the Committee, and will answer the hon. Gentleman’s question simply. In legal terms, the use of the word “students” in the plural in this context includes institutions specially organised for just one student with special educational needs. The amendment would clarify unnecessarily matters that are covered by the existing drafting. On the basis of that direct, short answer to his direct question, I hope that he will withdraw the amendment.