Education and Inspections Bill — Keep current proportion of parent governors on governing bodies — rejected — 19 Oct 2006 at 12:10
The majority Not Contents defeated an attempt to amend the Education and Inspections Bill. The amendment would have maintained the current legal proportion of elected parent governors on a school's governing body when a school becomes a foundation, or Trust, school. More information on what it means to be a 'Foundation' or 'Trust' school can be found here.
The main aims of the Education and Inspections Bill were to:
- Allow schools to achieve 'foundation' or 'trust' status - this gives governing bodies greater freedom to manage the school.
- Reaffirm the existing ban on selection by ability and proposes a ban on interviewing.
- Give local authorities greater scope to intervene more quickly in failing schools.
- Ensure local authorities provide free school transport for the poorest families.
- Enable nutritional standards to be applied to all food and drink on school premises.
- Allow staff to discipline children for bad behaviour even outside of school.
- Ensure parents are held responsible for excluded pupils.
-  Baroness Walmsley, House of Lords, 19 October 2006
-  BBC Summary of the Education and Inspections Bill, 8 March 2006
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