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Academies Bill [HL]


AMENDMENTS
TO BE MOVED
IN COMMITTEE
[Supplementary to the Revised Second Marshalled List]

After Clause 7

LORD GREAVES

Insert the following new Clause—

“Powers and duties of local authorities: oversight and monitoring of Academies

(1) The Secretary of State may by order appoint a local authority as the body responsible for the oversight and monitoring of Academies in its area or part of its area.

(2) An order under subsection (1) may be made for all Academies in the area of a local authority or for one or more types of Academies.

(3) Such an order must be made if the number of Academies of a particular type in the area of a local authority is at least ten or twenty five per-cent of the total, whichever is the smaller, unless the Secretary of State considers after consultation with a local authority that there are special circumstances that make such an order impractical in that particular case.

(4) The Secretary of State may make regulations concerning the operation of the powers and duties of local authorities under this section.

(5) An order made under subsection (2) and regulations made under subsection (4) are subject to annulment in pursuance of a resolution of either House of Parliament.”

Insert the following new Clause—

“Powers and duties of local authorities: Academy strategies

(1) A local authority must publish a strategy and a plan of action with the objective of converting each maintained school in its area into an Academy.

(2) The duty under subsection (1) relating to a plan of action may be satisfied by publishing a plan for all maintained schools in the area or two or more plans for different types of maintained schools or different parts of the area of the local authority.

(3) Each plan of action shall include a timetable with the objective of converting all the maintained schools included in that plan within a period of ten years from the commencement of this section.

(4) The Secretary of State shall within six months of the commencement of this section make regulations concerning the powers and duties of local authorities under this section.

(5) The duties under subsection (4) shall include a process of consultation prior to the adoption of the strategy and plans of action, with the relevant schools, relevant persons and organisations, and residents in the area.

(6) Regulations under subsection (4) shall not come into effect unless a draft has been laid before and approved by a resolution of each House of Parliament.”