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Children, Schools and Families Act 2010

Type of Bill:
Government Bill
Sponsors:
Ed Balls
Department for Children, Schools and Families
Baroness Morgan of Drefelin
Department for Children, Schools and Families

Progress of the Bill

Bill started in the House of Commons

  1. House of Commons
    1. 1st reading
    2. 2nd reading
    3. Committee stage
    4. Report stage
    5. 3rd reading
  2. House of Lords
    1. 1st reading
    2. 2nd reading
    3. Committee stage
    4. Report stage
    5. 3rd reading
  3. Consideration of Amendments
  4. Royal Assent

Act of Parliament

House Act Date
Commons Children, Schools and Families Act 2010 c.26 | PDF version, 121KB 09.04.2010

Latest news on the Children, Schools and Families Act 2010

Following agreement by both Houses on the text of the Bill it received Royal Assent on 8 April. The Bill is now an Act of Parliament (law).

Summary of the Children, Schools and Families Act 2010

The Bill as introduced aimed to provide guarantees for parents and pupils, setting out what they were entitled to expect from the school system. It also aimed to reform the curriculum and introduce a new licensing scheme for teachers.

Clauses on a number of key provisions were removed during the consideration of Lords Amendments, including:

  • the Pupil and Parent Guarantee
  • Home School Agreements
  • reform of the primary curriculum
  • introduction of compulsory Personal Social Health and Economic (PSHE) education – including the provision that all children receive at least one year of sex and relationship education
  • the licence to practise for teachers
  • registration and monitoring of home education
  • the extended remit for School Improvement Partners
  • school report cards
  • strengthened powers for local authorities and the Secretary of State to intervene where schools are causing concern
  • powers for the Secretary of State to intervene in failing Youth Offending Teams
  • parental satisfaction surveys

The provisions that remain in the Bill include:

  • requirements for school inspections to take into account the needs of pupils with special educational needs (SEN) and disabilities and provisions for an additional right of appeal for parents of children with special educational needs statements
  • a requirement for local authorities to provide full-time education for children and young people who, for various reasons, are in alternative provision
  • greater powers for school governing bodies on how they use their budgets, and the power to set up new schools and academies
  • new provisions on information sharing and the review of Local Safeguarding Children Boards’ performance
  • new arrangements to allow greater media reporting of proceedings in Family Courts

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