Government scraps Schools Bill legislation

Dec 15, 2022 | Finance Posts

It has been announced this week that the Schools bill will be axed in its current form, with most academy legislation shelved, but ‘priority’ proposals like out-of-school register still on table.

Education secretary Gillian Keegan said she “remains committed” to the aims of the schools bill – despite ditching plans to legislate in the near-future.

The minister announced the controversial schools bill “will not progress.”

However, officials still plan to prioritise pushing through legislation for some “priority” proposals in separate bills.

Keegan told education committee MPs that the Department for Education “remains committed to the objectives” that underpinned the schools bill.

“We will be prioritising some aspects … of the bill as well to see what we can do.”

This means nearly all of the new proposed legislation relating to academies has been shelved.

Proposals included new “academy standards”, powers to terminate academy trusts – rather than just individual schools – and allowing councils to academise all their schools.

Government will look at doing as much of the academy plans as possible without new legislation, and the ongoing academy regulation review will continue.

Original source: Schools Week