Education in Wales

October 28th, 2014 by James Goudie KC

The Education (School Development Plans) (Wales) Regulations 2014, SI 2014/2677 (W.265) apply to Governing Bodies of maintained schools. They impose a duty on the Governing Body to draw up a School Development Plan in order to assist it to exercise its responsibility for conducting a maintained school with a view to promoting high standards of educational achievement.  That duty does not affect the general principles and respective roles and responsibilities of governing bodies and head teachers set out in the School Government (Terms of Reference) (Wales) Regulations. The content of the plan is set out in the Schedule.

The School Development Plan has effect for a three year period. The Governing Body must revise it annually and following an inspection by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate for Education and Training in Wales.

Provision is made in relation to publication. In drawing up the School Development Plan the Governing Body must have regard to school performance information. The Governing Body must consult with those persons prescribed.

The Education (Pupil Referral Units) (Management Committees etc) (Wales) Regulations 2014, SI 2014/2709 (W.270) require local authorities to establish Management Committees (“MCs”) to run Pupil Referral Units (“PRUs”) in their area, and make provision for the constitution and procedure of MCs.  A MC may run more than one PRU.  Local authorities must delegate certain functions, principally the function of conducting the PRU, to the MC.  Written Statements of Policy in relation to the Curriculum of the PRU must be made, and periodically reviewed.

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