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House of Commons

 
 

Monday 26 July 2010

 

Committee of the whole House

 

Academies Bill [Lords]


 

Note

 

The Amendments have been arranged in accordance with the Order of the House

 

[19 July].

 


 

Dr John Pugh

 

Owen Smith

 

Bill Esterson

 

8

 

Clause  3,  page  3,  line  11,  at end insert—

 

‘(1A)    

In the case of a member or members of a governing body objecting to an

 

application under subsection (1), there shall be a ballot of the parents of children

 

enrolled at the school, subject to regulations laid down by the Secretary of State.’.

 

Ed Balls

 

Vernon Coaker

 

Kevin Brennan

 

Mr Iain Wright

 

Diana R. Johnson

 

Kerry McCarthy

 

78

 

Clause  3,  page  3,  line  11,  at end insert—

 

‘(1A)    

Before making an application for an Academy order, the governing body shall

 

consult relevant parties on whether to make such an application.

 

(1B)    

The Secretary of State shall issue guidance as to how governing bodies should

 

conduct such a consultation with parents, pupils, teaching and non-teaching staff

 

and their representatives, neighbouring schools and the local authority and such

 

other parties as he may think appropriate and such guidance must also specify the

 

information to be made available to consultees in relation to the proposed

 

arrangements for Academy status.’.


 
 

Committee of the whole House: 26 July 2010              

114

 

Academies Bill [Lords], continued

 
 

Ed Balls

 

Vernon Coaker

 

Kevin Brennan

 

Mr Iain Wright

 

Diana R. Johnson

 

Kerry McCarthy

 

82

 

Clause  3,  page  3,  line  11,  at end insert—

 

‘(1A)    

An application under subsection (1) shall be in such form and shall contain such

 

particulars as may be prescribed in regulations.’.

 

Dan Rogerson

 

48

 

Clause  3,  page  3,  line  15,  at end insert—

 

‘(3A)    

The governing body of a primary school is not eligible to apply under subsection

 

(1).

 

(3B)    

Two years after Royal Assent, the following is substituted for subsection (3A)—

 

“( )    

The governing body of a primary school which has fewer than five

 

hundred registered pupils is not eligible to apply under subsection (1).

 

( )    

The Secretary of State may by order amend this section to allow the

 

governing body of a federation to apply, or the governing bodies of a

 

number of schools to apply jointly, for an Academy order provided the

 

total of primary-aged registered pupils in the federation, or group of

 

schools, is five hundred or more.”.’.

 


 

Jon Trickett

 

54

 

Clause  4,  page  3,  line  34,  at end insert—

 

‘(3A)    

An Academy order must include provisions which make available for community

 

use some or all of the school’s facilities.

 

(3B)    

Such provisions shall not be fewer and on less advantageous terms than those

 

which have been available prior to the application being made for an Academy

 

order.

 

(3C)    

Such provisions may be made by means of a contract or contracts with a local

 

authority or other non-profit making or commercial body.

 

(3D)    

“Local authority” in this section means a county, district, unitary or parish

 

council.’.

 

Ed Balls

 

Vernon Coaker

 

Kevin Brennan

 

Mr Iain Wright

 

Diana R. Johnson

 

Kerry McCarthy

 

81

 

Clause  4,  page  3,  line  34,  at end insert—

 

‘(3A)    

The Secretary of State shall publish criteria which he will apply in deciding

 

whether to make Academy orders, which shall be in such form and shall contain

 

such particulars as may be prescribed in regulations.’.


 
 

Committee of the whole House: 26 July 2010              

115

 

Academies Bill [Lords], continued

 
 

Ed Balls

 

Vernon Coaker

 

Kevin Brennan

 

Mr Iain Wright

 

Diana R. Johnson

 

Kerry McCarthy

 

83

 

Clause  4,  page  4,  line  3,  leave out subsection (6).

 

Ed Balls

 

Vernon Coaker

 

Kevin Brennan

 

Mr Iain Wright

 

Diana R. Johnson

 

Kerry McCarthy

 

79

 

Clause  4,  page  4,  line  8,  at end add—

 

‘(8)    

Before making an Academy order in respect of a maintained school under this

 

section, the Secretary of State shall consult with—

 

(a)    

the local authority,

 

(b)    

any other local authority who would in his opinion be affected by the

 

making of an Academy order,

 

(c)    

teachers and other staff at the school and their representatives,

 

(d)    

parents and pupils of the school and the other schools in the community,

 

and

 

(e)    

such other persons as the Secretary of State considers appropriate.’.

 


 

Caroline Lucas

 

Roberta Blackman-Woods

 

4

 

Clause  5,  page  4,  line  11,  leave out ‘such’ and insert—

 

‘(a)    

the local education authority,

 

(b)    

the teachers at the school,

 

(c)    

the pupils,

 

(d)    

the pupils’ parents,

 

(e)    

such persons as in their opinion represent the wider community, and

 

(f)    

such other’.

 

Ian Mearns

 

18

 

Clause  5,  page  4,  line  11,  at end insert ‘including the local authority for that area.’.


 
 

Committee of the whole House: 26 July 2010              

116

 

Academies Bill [Lords], continued

 
 

Roberta Blackman-Woods

 

Ed Balls

 

Vernon Coaker

 

Kevin Brennan

 

Mr Iain Wright

 

Diana R. Johnson

 

Kerry McCarthy

 

77

 

Clause  5,  page  4,  line  14,  leave out ‘may take place before or after an Academy

 

order, or’ and insert ‘must take place before’.

 

Dr John Pugh

 

Owen Smith

 

Bill Esterson

 

9

 

Clause  5,  page  4,  line  14,  leave out ‘an Academy order, or’.

 

Lisa Nandy

 

86

 

Clause  5,  page  4,  line  14,  leave out subsection (3).

 

Dr John Pugh

 

Owen Smith

 

Bill Esterson

 

10

 

Clause  5,  page  4,  line  15,  at end add—

 

‘(4)    

Consultation on Academy status should not be led by any member of a governing

 

body who may benefit financially as a result of conversion to Academy status or

 

whose salary, terms or conditions may be affected by such conversion.’.

 


 

Ed Balls

 

Vernon Coaker

 

Kevin Brennan

 

Mr Iain Wright

 

Diana R. Johnson

 

Kerry McCarthy

 

84

 

Clause  19,  page  10,  line  14,  leave out from ‘force’ to end and insert ‘12 months

 

from the passage of this Act.’.


 
 

Committee of the whole House: 26 July 2010              

117

 

Academies Bill [Lords], continued

 
 

Ed Balls

 

Vernon Coaker

 

Kevin Brennan

 

Mr Iain Wright

 

Diana R. Johnson

 

Kerry McCarthy

 

85

 

Clause  19,  page  10,  line  16,  at end insert ‘no less than 12 months from the passage

 

of this Act.’.

 


 

Secretary Michael Gove

 

7

 

Clause  20,  page  10,  line  25,  leave out subsection (3).

 


 

New ClauseS relating to Clauses 3 to 5 or 16 to 20

 

Reversion of Academies to maintained status

 

Caroline Lucas

 

John McDonnell

 

NC1

 

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘(1)    

This section applies to any former maintained school which has been converted

 

into an Academy under section 4.

 

(2)    

The governing body must make arrangements for the holding of a ballot of

 

parents under this section if at least 10 per cent of the parents of pupils at the

 

Academy request it to do so.

 

(3)    

The purpose of a ballot under this section is to determine whether the parents of

 

pupils at the Academy want the Academy to be converted into a maintained

 

school.

 

(4)    

If the result of the ballot is in favour of conversion, the Secretary of State must—

 

(a)    

revoke the Academy order, and

 

(b)    

take such other steps as he considers necessary to convert the Academy

 

into a maintained school.’.

 



 
 

Committee of the whole House: 26 July 2010              

118

 

Academies Bill [Lords], continued

 
 

Social cohesion

 

Ed Balls

 

Vernon Coaker

 

Kevin Brennan

 

Mr Iain Wright

 

Diana R. Johnson

 

Kerry McCarthy

 

NC7

 

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘(1)    

Before a school makes an application for an Academy order or an Academy

 

arrangement with an additional school the relevant local authority must be asked

 

to assess the impact of Academy status on—

 

(a)    

admissions in the local authority area where the school is situated;

 

(b)    

funding between all publicly funded schools in the local authority area

 

where the school is situated; and

 

(c)    

social cohesion in the local authority area where the school is situated.

 

(2)    

The impact assessment in subsection (1) should be made with regard to any

 

existing policies the local authority or local schools forum have in relation to (a),

 

(b) and (c).

 

(3)    

Before making an Academy order or an Academy arrangement with an additional

 

school the Secretary of State must have regard to the impact assessment in

 

subsection (1) made by the local authority.’.

 


 

Remaining Proceedings

 

Duty to promote community cohesion

 

Dan Rogerson

 

nc2

 

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘The proprietor of an Academy in the discharging of the functions of the school

 

shall be required to promote community cohesion.’.

 


 

Elected parent governors

 

Bob Russell

 

NC6

 

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘(1)    

The governing body of an Academy must include governors who are, and who

 

are elected by, parents of pupils at the school.

 

(2)    

The number of parent governors shall be—

 

(a)    

four, if the number of pupils at the school is 1000 or fewer;


 
 

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Academies Bill [Lords], continued

 
 

(b)    

six, if the number of pupils at the school is greater than 1000 but not more

 

than 1500;

 

(c)    

eight, if the number of pupils at the school is 1500 or more.

 

(3)    

The term of office of a parent governor shall be 3 years.

 

(4)    

The Secretary of State may by regulations made by statutory instrument make

 

such supplementary provision about parent governors as the Secretary of State

 

considers appropriate.’.

 

 

Order of the House [19 JULY 2010]

 

That the following provisions shall apply to the Academies Bill [Lords]:

 

Committal

 

1.    

The Bill shall be committed to a Committee of the whole House.

 

Proceedings

 

2.    

Proceedings in Committee, any proceedings on consideration and

 

proceedings on Third Reading shall be completed in three days.

 

3.    

Proceedings in Committee shall be taken on each of those days as shown in

 

the first column of the following table and in the order so shown.

 

4.    

The Proceedings shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a

 

conclusion at the times specified in the second column of the Table.

 

          TABLE

 

Proceedings

Time for conclusion of proceedings

 
 

First day

 
 

Clauses 1,6, 9 and 10, new Clauses

Three hours after the moment of

 
 

relating to Clauses 1, 6, 9, or 10,

interruption.

 
 

new Schedules relating to Clauses

  
 

1, 6, 9, or 10.

  
 

Second day

 
 

Clauses 2, 7, 8 and 11 to 13,

One hour after the moment of

 
 

Schedule 1, Clause 14, Schedule 2,

interruption.

 
 

Clause 15, new Clauses relating to

  
 

Clauses 2, 7 or 8 or any of Clauses

  
 

11 to 15 or Schedule 1 or 2, new

  
 

Schedules relating to Clauses 2, 7

  
 

or 8 or any of Clauses 11 to 15 or

  
 

Schedule 1 or 2.

  

 
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