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School Reorganisation

School Reorganisation

Changes to school provision, in the form of statutory school organisation proposals, are often necessary as part of local authority plans within the 21st Century Schools and Education Capital Programme.

The School Standards and Organisation (Wales) Act 2013 requires that the Welsh Ministers issue a School Organisation Code.  This sets out requirements for consultation upon and publication of, statutory proposals for change.  Therefore, for proposals published since 1 October 2013, local authorities are required to follow the School Organisation Code (external link). This sets out requirements and provides guidance in respect of school reorganisation proposals brought forward to reconfigure school provision and for those responsible for determining proposals.

Currently, governing bodies can federate under a single governing body using the Federation of Maintained Schools and Miscellaneous Amendments (Wales) Regulations 2010. Guidance for schools and local authorities was also issued to support those regulations in Circular 070/2012: Guidance for governing bodies and local authorities on the federation process of maintained schools (external link).  The Education (Wales) Measure 2011 gave local authorities the power to federate schools. In 2013 the Welsh Government consulted on regulations to enact the provisions in the Measure. Those revised Federation regulations are due to come into force in May 2014 and both governing bodies and local authorities will be able to federate schools. Revised guidance is also being prepared and will be issued at the time the regulations come into force.