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Welsh Statutory Instrument 2006 No. 125 (W.18)

The Education (School Performance and Unauthorised Absence Targets) (Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2006

(The document as of February, 2008. Arhiv.Online Library)

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STATUTORY INSTRUMENTS


2006 No. 125 (W.18)


EDUCATION, WALES


The Education (School Performance and Unauthorised Absence Targets) (Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2006

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 Made24 January 2006 
 Coming into force1 February 2006 

The National Assembly for Wales makes the following Regulations in exercise of the powers conferred on the Secretary of State by sections 63 and 138(7) and (8) of the School Standards and Framework Act 1998[1] and now exercisable by the National Assembly for Wales:

Title, commencement and application
    1.—    1.The title of these Regulations is the Education (School Performance and Unauthorised Absence Targets) (Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2006 and they come into force on 1 February 2006.

Amendment of the Education (School Performance and Unauthorised Absence Targets) (Wales) Regulations 1999
    2.—(1) The Education (School Performance and Unauthorised Absence Targets) (Wales) Regulations 1999[2] are amended as follows.

    (2) The word "unauthorised" is omitted wherever it occurs in the following provisions—

    (a) regulation 1(1);

    (b) regulation 9(1)(c) and (d); and

    (c) paragraphs 1(c), (d) and (e)(ii) and 3(c), (d) and (e)(ii) of Schedule 2 and the Schedule's heading.

    (3) The definition of "unauthorised absence targets" is omitted from regulation 3(1).

    (4) Regulations 7 and 8 are substituted by the following—

    " Absence Targets
        7.—(1) By no later than 31 December in every school year, the governing body of every maintained school (other than a special school established in a hospital) must set and submit to the local education authority the targets specified in paragraph (2) for the level to which the absence rate on the part of relevant day pupils at the school is to be reduced.

        (2) Subject to paragraph (3), the targets referred to in paragraph (1) are—

      (a) a final target for the following school year, being the reviewed target set in the previous school year but revised if the governing body deem it necessary to do so;

      (b) a reviewed target for the school year next but one, being the provisional target set in the previous school year but revised if the governing body deem it necessary to do so; and

      (c) a provisional target for the school year next but two.

        (3) Where a governing body has not previously set absence targets under these regulations, paragraph (2) above shall be modified as follows in respect of the first occasion on which targets are required to be set—

      (a) in sub-paragraph (a), the word "final" and the words following "school year" to the end of the sub-paragraph are omitted; and

      (b) in sub-paragraph (b), the word "reviewed" and the words following "but one" to the end of the sub-paragraph are omitted.

        (4) Where the local education authority is not satisfied with any target submitted by a governing body under paragraph (2), it must forthwith give notice to the governing body of that fact; and the governing body must submit a revised target within 21 days of receipt of such a notice.

        (5) Where the local education authority is not satisfied with a revised target submitted under paragraph (4), it must set the target.

        (6) In this regulation and in regulation 9—

      (a) "absence" means an occasion when a relevant day pupil is recorded as absent from a school in accordance with the Education (Pupil Registration) Regulations 1995[3];

      (b) "relevant day pupil" means a registered pupil of compulsory school age apart from a boarder;

      (c) "the absence rate" means the total number of absences expected in the applicable period during the school year, expressed as a percentage of the total possible attendances by pupils in that period;

      (d) "the applicable period" means the period starting with the beginning of a school year and finishing with the end of the school day falling on the Friday before the last Monday in May in that school year; and

      (e) "the total possible attendances" means the number produced by multiplying the number of relevant day pupils at a school by the number of school sessions in the applicable period in a school year.

    Alteration of final targets
        8.—(1) A final performance target may not be modified after it has been set.

        (2) A final absence target set by a governing body under regulation 7 must not be modified by the governing body without the agreement of the local education authority.".



Signed on behalf of the National Assembly for Wales under section 66(1) of the Government of Wales Act 1998[4].


D. Elis-Thomas
The Presiding Officer of the National Assembly

24 January 2006



EXPLANATORY NOTE

(This note is not part of the Regulations)


These Regulations amend the provisions relating to absence targets in the Education (School Performance and Unauthorised Absence Targets) (Wales) Regulations 1999 ("the 1999 Regulations").

Regulation 2 of these Regulations amends the citation of the 1999 Regulations to the Education (School Performance and Absence Targets) (Wales) Regulations 1999 and makes provision for new regulations 7 and 8 of the 1999 Regulations. These new regulations require all maintained schools (except special schools established in hospitals) to set absence targets. Previously, under the 1999 Regulations only maintained schools providing secondary education were required to set absence targets.


Notes:

[1] 1998 c.31. The functions of the Secretary of State under the 1998 Act are exercisable by the National Assembly for Wales in relation to Wales: see Article 2(a) of, and the entry in respect of the 1998 Act in Schedule 1 to, the National Assembly for Wales (Transfer of Functions) Order 1999 (S.I. 1999/672). Section 63 of the 1998 Act was amended by section 53 of the Education Act 2002 (c. 32).back

[2] S.I. 1999/1811, as amended by S.I. 2004/2914 (W.253).back

[3] S.I. 1995/2089.back

[4] 1998 c.38.back



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