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
Lord Macdonald of Tradeston voted in the minority (Content).
The majority Not Contents defeated an attempt 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:
- 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 Turner of Camden, House of Lords, 30 October 2006
-  BBC Summary of the Education and Inspections Bill, 8 March 2006
Votes by party, red entries are votes against the majority for that party.
|Party||Majority (Not-Content)||Minority (Content)||Turnout|
|Lab||114 (+2 tell)||16 (+1 tell)||62.1%|
|LDem||0||52 (+1 tell)||67.1%|
|Lord Broers||Crossbench (front bench)||aye|
|Baroness Howe of Idlicote||Crossbench (front bench)||aye|
|Lord Patel||Crossbench (front bench)||aye|
|Baroness Stern||Crossbench (front bench)||aye|
|Lord Gavron||Lab (minister)||aye|
|Baroness Gibson of Market Rasen||Lab (minister)||aye|
|Baroness Gould of Potternewton||Lab (minister)||aye|
|Lord Howie of Troon||Lab (minister)||aye|
|Lord Macdonald of Tradeston||Lab (minister)||aye|
|Baroness Massey of Darwen||Lab (minister)||aye|
|Lord Maxton||Lab (minister)||aye|
|Lord McIntosh of Haringey||Lab||aye|
|Lord Peston||Lab (minister)||aye|
|Baroness Turner of Camden||Lab||aye|