Education and Inspections Bill — Ballot of parents to change from community school to foundation school — rejected — 23 May 2006 at 20:00
The majority No voters rejected a new clause for the Education and Inspections Bill. The new clause would have only allowed a community school to become a foundation school if it was approved by a ballot of parents. However, the amendment was defeated.
This was probably in response to Clause 20 which makes it the right of the governing body of the school to determine whether to make a proposal to convert a community school into a foundation school.
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.
-  John Grogan MP, House of Commons, 23 May 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.
What is Tell? '+1 tell' means that in addition one member of that party was a teller for that division lobby.
What are Boths? An MP can vote both aye and no in the same division. The boths page explains this.
What is Turnout? This is measured against the total membership of the party at the time of the vote.
|Party||Majority (No)||Minority (Aye)||Both||Turnout|
|Lab||243 (+2 tell)||67 (+2 tell)||0||89.0%|