School Standards and Organisation (Wales) Bill

May 1st, 2012

This Bill was introduced into the Welsh Assembly on 23rd April.

Its aims are stated on the Welsh Government website (https://wales.gov.uk/legislation/programme/assemblybills/schoolstandards/?lang=en) as being to:-

•provide a clearer process for school intervention and drive up school improvement through the introduction of statutory guidance.
•reform the statutory process for school organisation so that decisions are taken locally wherever possible.
•remove the requirement for School Governing Bodies to hold Annual Parents’ Meetings and introduce a new right for parents to call meetings with School Governing Bodies.
•give Local authorities and schools greater flexibility over the pricing of school meals.
•mainstream several grant-funded programmes to help streamline current processes.
•make local authorities accountable for planning Welsh-medium provision by making Welsh in Education Strategic Plans statutory.

Peter Oldham QC

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