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Learning and Skills Bill [H.L.]

This is the Learning and Skills Bill [H.L.], as introduced in the House of Lords on 16th December 1999.

 
EXPLANATORY NOTES

Explanatory Notes to the Bill, prepared by the Department for Education and Employment, with the assistance of the National Assembly for Wales, are published separately as HL Bill 14- EN.


EUROPEAN CONVENTION ON HUMAN RIGHTS

The Baroness Blackstone has made the following statement under section 19(1)(a) of the Human Rights Act 1998:

In my view the provisions of the Learning and Skills Bill [H.L.] are compatible with the Convention rights.


 
  
Learning and Skills Bill [H.L.]
 
 
 
 
ARRANGEMENT OF CLAUSES

PART I
LEARNING AND SKILLS COUNCIL FOR ENGLAND
The Council
Clause 
1.The Council.

Main duties
2.Education and training for persons aged 16 to 19.
3.Education and training for persons over 19.
4.Encouragement of education and training.

Main powers
5.Provision of financial resources.
6.Financial resources: conditions.
7.Funding of school sixth-forms.
8.Links between education and training and employment.
9.Assessments and means tests.
10.Qualifying accounts and grants.
11.Further education: governors.

Other functions
12.Research and information.
13.Persons with learning difficulties.
14.Disabled persons.
15.Plans.
16.Strategy.
17.Use of information by Council.
18.Supplementary functions.

Local councils
19.Local councils.
20.Functions of local councils.
21.Guidance to local councils.
22.Plans of local councils.
23.Duty of local education authorities.
24.Guidance and plans: timing.

Miscellaneous
25.Directions.
26.Committees.
27.Grants to Council.
28.Annual report.
29.Council's financial year.

PART II
NATIONAL COUNCIL FOR EDUCATION AND TRAINING FOR WALES
The Council
30.The Council.

Main duties
31.Education and training for persons aged 16 to 19.
32.Education and training for persons over 19.
33.Encouragement of education and training.

Main powers
34.Provision of financial resources.
35.Financial resources: conditions.
36.Funding of school sixth-forms.
37.Assessments and means tests.
38.Qualifying accounts and grants.

Other functions
39.Research and information.
40.Persons with learning difficulties.
41.Disabled persons.
42.Use of information by Council.
43.Supplementary functions.

Miscellaneous
44.Directions.
45.Committees.
46.Grants to Council.
47.Annual report.
48.Council's financial year.

PART III
INSPECTIONS IN ENGLAND
CHAPTER I
THE ADULT LEARNING INSPECTORATE
The Inspectorate
49.The Inspectorate.
50.The Inspectorate's remit.

Functions of the Inspectorate and the Chief Inspector
51.Functions of the Inspectorate and Chief Inspector.
52.Inspections under section 51.
53.General powers.
54.Right of entry and offences.
55.Action plans.
56.Annual report.

CHAPTER II
HER MAJESTY'S CHIEF INSPECTOR OF SCHOOLS IN ENGLAND
The Chief Inspector's extended remit
57.The extended remit.

Additional functions
58.Additional functions of the Chief Inspector.
59.Inspection of further education institutions.
60.Right of entry and offences.
61.Action plans.
62.Area inspections.
63.Reports of area inspections.
64.Action plans following section 62 inspections.
65.Further powers of the Chief Inspector.

CHAPTER III
THE COMMON INSPECTION FRAMEWORK AND JOINT INSPECTIONS
The Common Inspection Framework
66.The framework.
67.Preparation of the framework.

Joint inspections
68.Joint inspections.

PART IV
INSPECTIONS IN WALES
New titles
69.Inspectors of Education and Training in Wales.
70.Some defined terms.

Extended remit
71.The extended remit of the Chief Inspector for Wales.

Additional functions
72.Additional functions of the Chief Inspector for Wales.
73.Inspections.
74.General powers.
75.Right of entry and offences.
76.Action plans.
77.Inspections of careers services etc.
78.Inspections of education and training provided under 1973 Act arrangements.
79.Area inspections.
80.Studies across Wales or of provision made outside Wales.
81.Annual reports.
82.Defamation.

PART V
MISCELLANEOUS AND GENERAL
Further Education Funding Councils
83.Dissolution of FEFC for England.
84.Dissolution of FEFC for Wales.

External qualifications
85.Persons under 19.
86.Persons over 19.
87.Approved qualifications: England.
88.Approved qualifications: Wales.
89.Authorised bodies.
90.Enforcement: England.
91.Enforcement: Wales.
92.Amendments relating to external qualifications.

Qualifying accounts
93.Qualifying accounts.
94.Holders of accounts: grants.

Sixth-form education
95.Secondary education.
96.Further education corporations.
97.Further education institutions: designation.
98.Inadequate sixth-forms.

Support for 13 to 19 year olds
99.Provision of services.
100.Consultation and coordination.
101.Local education authorities.
102.Educational institutions: information and access.
103.Inspection.
104.Information: supply by Secretary of State.
105.Information: supply by public bodies.
106.Recreation and social and physical training.
107.Sections 99 to 106: interpretation.
108.Careers services.

Other miscellaneous provisions
109.Induction periods for teachers.
110.Assessments relating to learning difficulties.
111.Further and higher education corporations: secondary education.
112.Further education sector: designated institutions.
113.Amendments.

General
114.Orders and regulations.
115.Repeals.
116.Commencement.
117.Extent.
118.Citation.
 

SCHEDULES:
    Schedule 1-Learning and Skills Council for England.
    Schedule 2-Local councils.
    Schedule 3-Committees (England).
    Schedule 4-National Council for Education and Training for Wales.
    Schedule 5-Committees (Wales).
    Schedule 6-The Adult Learning Inspectorate.
    Schedule 7-Inadequate Sixth Forms.
    Part I-Power to publish proposals.
    Part II-Publication of Proposals.
    Part III-Implementation of Proposals.
    Schedule 8-Amendments.
    Schedule 9-Repeals.
 


 
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