The Education (Non-Maintained Special Schools) (England) Regulations 2011

JurisdictionUK Non-devolved
CitationSI 2011/1627

2011 No. 1627

Education

The Education (Non-Maintained Special Schools) (England) Regulations 2011

Made 4th July 2011

Laid before Parliament 8th July 2011

Coming into force 1st September 2011

The Secretary of State for Education makes the following Regulations in exercise of the powers conferred by sections 328(6), 342(2), (4), (5) and (5A), 342B and 569(4) of the Education Act 19961.

S-1 Citation, commencement, application and revocation

Citation, commencement, application and revocation

1.—(1) These Regulations may be cited as the Education (Non-Maintained Special Schools) (England) Regulations 2011 and come into force on 1st September 2011.

(2) These Regulations apply to non-maintained special schools2in England.

(3) The following Regulations are revoked—

(a)

(a) the Education (Non-Maintained Special Schools) (England) Regulations 19993,

(b)

(b) the Education (Non-Maintained Special Schools) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 20024, and

(c)

(c) the Education (Non-Maintained Special Schools) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 20075.

S-2 Interpretation

Interpretation

2.—(1) In these Regulations—

the 1996 Act” means the Education Act 1996;

the 1997 Act” means the Police Act 19976;

“the 2002 Act” means the Education Act 20027;

“the 2005 Act” means the Education Act 20058;

“the Chief Inspector” means Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Education, Children’s Services and Skills9;

“employment business” has the meaning given by section 13(3) of the Employment Agencies Act 197310and includes a local authority and a person carrying on an employment business;

“enhanced criminal record certificate” means a certificate within the meaning of section 113B(3) of the 1997 Act11, which includes suitability information relating to children within the meaning of section 113BA(2) of that Act;

“maintained special school” means a community or foundation special school12;

“National Minimum Standards” means the national minimum standards relating to residential special schools13published under section 87C(1) of the Children Act 198914and in a case where a non-maintained special school is also a children’s home, the national minimum standards relating to children’s homes15issued by the Secretary of State under section 23 of the Care Standards Act 2000;

“proprietor” in relation to a non-maintained special school means the governing body of the school;

“work” includes work of any kind, whether under a contract of service or apprenticeship, under a contract for services or otherwise than under a contract or as a volunteer.

(2) For the purposes of these Regulations an application for an enhanced criminal record certificate is made if—

(a)

(a) the application is—

(i) countersigned by the proprietor as a person registered under section 120(1) of the 1997 Act or countersigned on the proprietor’s behalf by such a person, and

(ii) submitted to the Secretary of State in accordance with section 113B of that Act; or

(b)

(b) in accordance with section 113B(2A)16of the 1997 Act, the application is transmitted electronically to the Secretary of State by the proprietor as a person registered under section 120(1) of that Act or is so transmitted on the proprietor’s behalf by such a person.

(3) For the purposes of these Regulations a person is appointed to a position if that person is—

(a)

(a) engaged to work at a school, other than a person supplied by an employment business, or

(b)

(b) appointed to the governing body of a school.

(4) A person (X) is to be treated as meeting any staff qualification requirements if X—

(a)

(a) fulfils any requirements with respect to qualifications or registration which apply to X by virtue of regulations made under sections 132 to 135 of the 2002 Act17and regulations made under section 19 of the Teaching and Higher Education Act 199818,

(b)

(b) meets any conditions with respect to health and physical capacity, which apply to X by virtue of regulations made under section 141 of the 2002 Act19, and

(c)

(c) is not barred from regulated activity relating to children, to vulnerable adults or to both under section 3 of the Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006.

S-3 Conditions of approval and requirements to be complied with

Conditions of approval and requirements to be complied with

3.—(1) The requirements which are to be complied with as a condition of approval by the Secretary of State20under section 342(1) of the 1996 Act are set out in Part 1 of the Schedule.

(2) The requirements which are to be complied with by a school while approved under section 342(1) of the 1996 Act are set out in Part 2 of the Schedule.

S-4 Withdrawal of approval

Withdrawal of approval

4.—(1) The Secretary of State may withdraw approval from a school on the ground that there has been a failure to comply with any requirement contained in these Regulations.

(2) Subject to paragraph (3), approval may not be withdrawn unless—

(a)

(a) the Secretary of State has given written notice to the proprietor specifying each requirement that must be complied with (“the specified requirement”) and the time limit within which compliance must be achieved (“the specified time limit”), and

(b)

(b) the proprietor has failed to comply with a specified requirement within the specified time limit.

(3) The Secretary of State must withdraw approval from a school if the proprietor makes a written request to that effect.

(4) Where the Secretary of State withdraws approval from a school following a request to do so from the proprietor, the Secretary of State may determine that the decision will have effect from such date as the Secretary of State may specify.

S-5 Appeal against a decision of Secretary of State

Appeal against a decision of Secretary of State

5.—(1) An appeal against any decision by the Secretary of State —

(a)

(a) to withdraw approval from the school under regulation 4(1),

(b)

(b) not to approve, or not to approve a change to, or to withdraw approval from relevant arrangements21in relation to the school,

lies to the First-tier Tribunal22 and must be brought by the proprietor of the school.

(2) On an appeal, the First-tier Tribunal may uphold the decision of the Secretary of State, or direct that it is of no effect.

(3) Where the First-tier Tribunal upholds a decision of the Secretary of State to withdraw approval, the school ceases to be approved under section 342 of the 1996 Act from such date as the First-tier Tribunal may specify or, if it does not specify a date, from such date as the Secretary of State may determine.

S-6 Effect of decisions of the Secretary of State pending an appeal

Effect of decisions of the Secretary of State pending an appeal

6. Where the Secretary of State withdraws approval from a school under regulation 4(1), the Secretary of State’s decision to withdraw approval does not have effect during the period in which an appeal against the decision could be brought or, where an appeal has been brought, the appeal has not been determined, withdrawn or otherwise disposed of.

Sarah Teather

Minister of State

Department for Education

4th July 2011

SCHEDULE

Regulation 3

SCHEDULE

1 CONDITIONS OF APPROVAL UNDER SECTION 342 OF THE 1996 ACT

PART 1

CONDITIONS OF APPROVAL UNDER SECTION 342 OF THE 1996 ACT

SCH-1.1

1. Special educational provision

The arrangements to be made at the school with respect to—

(a) the registered pupils23for whom special educational provision is to be made, categorised by reference to the number, age and sex of day pupils and boarding pupils respectively, and their respective special educational needs, and

(b) the special educational provision to be made for these pupils,

are approved by the Secretary of State.

SCH-1.2

2. Governing body

(1) The arrangements to be made at the school with respect to the composition and proceedings of the governing body and the appointment or election of its members—

(a)

(a) meet the requirements set out in sub-paragraph (2), and

(b)

(b) are approved by the Secretary of State.

(2) The arrangements referred to in sub-paragraph (1) must provide—

(a)

(a) for the governing body to include—

(i) at least one member appointed by one or more local authority,

(ii) at least one member elected by teachers at the school from among their number, and

(iii) subject to sub-paragraph (3), at least one member elected by, or appointed to represent, parents of children at the school;

(b)

(b) that a governor is to hold office for a period of four years from the date of election or appointment, except in the case of a governor who is the head teacher of the school who may hold office as long as they are the head teacher; and

(c)

(c) that the governing body must hold at least three meetings in every school year.

(3) The person who is elected or appointed under sub-paragraph (2)(a)(iii) must be a person who is the parent of—

(a)

(a) a registered pupil at the school,

(b)

(b) a child of compulsory school age with special educational needs,

(c)

(c) a person of any age with special educational needs, or

(d)

(d) a child of compulsory school age, and

must not be an elected member of the local authority, or a person paid to work at the school for more than 500 hours in any consecutive twelve month period.

SCH-1.3

3. Welfare of pupils

The arrangements for safeguarding and promoting the health, safety and welfare of the registered pupils at the school—

(a) have regard to any guidance published from time to time about safeguarding and promoting the health, safety and welfare of pupils, and

(b) are approved by the Secretary of State.

SCH-1.4

4. Suitability of staff

(1) Where at the time that an application for approval of a school is made, a person has been appointed to a position at the school, which is not the position of chair of the governing body, the checks referred to in sub-paragraphs (2) to (6) have been carried out before the appointment was made or, if permitted, as soon as practicable thereafter.

(2) The identity of the person must be checked, the person must meet all...

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