Education and Inspections Bill — Stop faith schools requiring that candidates for headteacher posts belong to the relevant faith — rejected — 30 Oct 2006 at 18:17

Baroness Masham of Ilton voted with the majority (Not-Content).

The majority Not Contents defeated an attempt[1] to delete subsection 1 of Clause 37 in the Education and Inspections Bill. This subsection allows faith schools to require that candidates for headteacher posts belong to the relevant faith.

Reserved teachers are teachers employed specifically to deliver religious education. Previously reserved teachers could not be head teachers but subsection 1 of clause 37 in the Education and Inspections Bill removes this requirement.

The amendment in this division aimed to keep the existing regime in place so that head teachers could not be reserved teachers. However, it was defeated.

The main aims of the Education and Inspections Bill were to[2]:

  • 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.


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Party Summary

Votes by party, red entries are votes against the majority for that party.

What is Tell? '+1 tell' means that in addition one member of that party was a teller for that division lobby.

What is Turnout? This is measured against the total membership of the party at the time of the vote.

PartyMajority (Not-Content)Minority (Content)Turnout
Bishop1 03.8%
Con32 115.6%
Crossbench23 414.4%
DUP0 133.3%
Green0 1100.0%
Lab114 (+2 tell) 16 (+1 tell)62.1%
LDem0 52 (+1 tell)67.1%
UUP1 0100.0%
Total:171 7534.5%

Rebel Voters - sorted by party

Lords for which their vote in this division differed from the majority vote of their party. You can see all votes in this division, or every eligible lord who could have voted in this division

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Baroness Flather Conaye
Baroness Sharples Conaye
Lord Broers Crossbench (front bench)aye
Baroness Howe of IdlicoteCrossbench (front bench)aye
Lord Patel Crossbench (front bench)aye
Baroness Stern Crossbench (front bench)aye
Lord Berkeley Labaye
Baroness Billingham Labaye
Baroness Blood Labaye
Baroness David Labtellaye
Lord Gavron Lab (minister)aye
Baroness Gibson of Market RasenLab (minister)aye
Baroness Gould of PotternewtonLab (minister)aye
Lord Howie of TroonLab (minister)aye
Lord Lipsey Labaye
Baroness Lockwood Labaye
Lord Macdonald of TradestonLab (minister)aye
Baroness Massey of DarwenLab (minister)aye
Lord Maxton Lab (minister)aye
Lord McIntosh of HaringeyLabaye
Lord Peston Lab (minister)aye
Lord Rea Labaye
Baroness Turner of CamdenLabaye

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