Local authorities: education

All Commons Briefing Papers
21 Documents
10.11.2016Special Educational Needs: support in England
This House of Commons Library briefing sets out the system of support for children and young people in England aged 0-25 with special educational needs (SEN). The briefing provides an overview of the new system introduced in 2014, the transitional arrangements, and how the new system differs from that which preceded it. It also includes a brief history of the movement towards reform that preceded the 2014 changes, and information on the impact of the new system available to date.
08.11.2016Constituency casework: schools in England
This House of Commons Library briefing provides an introduction and reference guide to the key schools-related topics often raised with Members by constituents.
04.11.2016School meals and nutritional standards (England)
The main recent policy developments regarding school meals, including the revised school food standards and provision of free school meals.
04.11.2016Post-16 Area Reviews
This briefing provides information on the area reviews of post-16 education and training announced by the Government in July 2015.
20.10.2016The Troubled Families programme (England)
The Troubled Families programme works with families with multiple problems, such as unemployment, anti-social behaviour, truancy and mental health problems. It is operated at a local authority level on a payment-by-results model.
16.09.2016Adult further education funding in England since 2010
A summary of how funding for adult further education (including apprenticeships) in England has changed since 2010.
22.06.2016Children: Introduction of 30 hours of free childcare (England)
An extra 15 hours of free childcare will be available across England from September 2017 for eligible 3 and 4 year olds who live in households where either a single parent or both parents work, or otherwise meet the criteria. This paper sets out the details of the policy, and highlights issues regarding its delivery by childcare providers.
26.04.2016Regional Schools Commissioners
This briefing provides information on the role of Regional Schools Commissioners and outlines some of the issues that have been raised since their creation.
10.02.2016The UN Inquiry into the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in the UK
The UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities is conducting an inquiry into the impact of the UK Government's policies on people with disabilities in relation to their human rights obligations. This briefing paper provides information on the Committee, details of the inquiry and an overview of the Government's policies in relation to people with disabilities.
26.11.2015School funding: Pupil Premium
The introduction and development of the Pupil Premium policy since its introduction in 2011
14.09.2015Education and Adoption Bill
This paper considers the background and reaction to, and the provisions of, the Education and Adoption Bill which proposes new powers in relation to converting school judged "inadequate" to academy status, the academy conversion process and intervention powers and the reaction to them, and the establishment of regional adoption agencies. Sections 5 to 7 were added to this paper on 14 September 2015, to cover the Bill's Second Reading and Commons Committee Stages. Sections 1 to 5 of the note remain as originally published on 17 June 2015, and have not been updated.
27.02.2015Home education
This note provides an outline of the current position relating to home education. It covers England only.
19.07.2012The green paper on special educational needs and disability
This Standard Note briefly outlines of the current special educational needs (SEN) system in England, highlights the main proposals in the Government's green paper on special educational needs and disability, and notes the Government's plans to implement the changes..
14.07.2010Academies Bill [HL] Bill 57 of 2010-11
The Bill allows the governing body of each maintained school in England to apply to the Secretary of State to convert the school to an academy. The Secretary of State will also be empowered to convert schools that are 'eligible for intervention'. The Bill also makes provision for 'free schools' - new schools set up by parents, teachers, charities, universities, business or community or faith groups where there is parental demand. Free schools will have the same legal requirements as academies. During the Bill's passage through the House of Lords, a number of Government amendments were made, including those on special educational needs provision in academies, consultation during the conversion process and applying Freedom of Information legislation to academies. Many non-Government amendments were proposed, of which two were successful. One of these required the Secretary of State to publish an annual report on academies, which the Government welcomed; the other related to services for children with low incidence special educational needs, which the Government opposed.
15.02.2010Children, Schools and Families Bill: Committee Stage Report Bill No 8 of 2009-10
This is an account of the House of Commons Committee Stage of the Children, Schools and Families Bill. The Bill contained a clause on the charitable status of academies, but the Government decided it could achieve its objectives by non-legislative means, and at the end of the Committee Stage the clause was removed. No other changes were made to the Bill in Committee. There were many amendments proposed by the opposition parties but none was successful.
16.12.2009Children, Schools and Families Bill. Bill 8 2009-10.
This Bill provides 'guarantees' for pupils and parents in the school system, underpinned by new Home School Agreements, and makes provision for parental satisfaction surveys. It also makes changes to the powers of governing bodies of maintained schools; extends the remit of School Improvement Partners; provides greater powers for local authorities and the Secretary of State in relation to failing schools; paves the way for the introduction of School Report Cards; and makes provision to introduce a licence to practise for teachers. The Bill also seeks to implement the recommendations of several major reports. These changes affect the school curriculum; provide a registration system for home educators; and provide an additional right of appeal for parents of children with special educational needs. The Bill would also make changes to the reporting of information relating to family proceedings. Other provisions relate to Local Safeguarding Children Boards, Youth Offending Teams, the charitable status of academies, and the fees system for the inspection of independent schools.
06.06.2008Education and Skills Bill, Session 2007-08: Report and Third Reading in the Commons
10.12.2007Education and Skills Bill, Bill 12 of 2007-08
Education and Skills Bill. (Bill 12 of 2007/08). House of Commons Library Research Paper 07/87.
10.03.2006Education and Inspections Bill (Bill 134 of 2005-06)
The Education and Inspections Bill (Bill 134 of 2005-06). House of Commons Library Research Paper 06/15
09.03.2005Education Bill (HL) (Bill 77 of 2004/05)
The Education Bill (HL). (Bill 77 of 2004/05). House of Commons Library Research Paper 05/20.
25.10.2004School Transport Bill (Bill 162 of 2003/04)
School Transport Bill. (Bill 162 of 2003/04). House of Commons Library Research Paper 04/78.