Education (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1948
This Act amended previous legislation relating to 'children incapable of receiving education' and the minimum age of employment.
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Education (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1948
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1 Provisions as to transfer of powers conferred by the Charitable Trusts Acts, etc
First Schedule - Minor and consequential amendments
An Act to amend the Education Acts 1944 and 1946, the Endowed Schools Acts 1869 to 1908, the provisions of the Mental Deficiency Act 1913, as to children incapable of receiving education, and the provision of the Children and Young Persons' Act 1933, as to the minimum age of employment. [30th June 1948.]
BE it enacted by the King's most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons, in this present Parliament assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:-
1 Provisions as to transfer of powers conferred by the Charitable Trusts Acts, etc
(1) Powers conferred by the Charitable Trusts Acts 1853 to 1939, or other enactments, and vested for the time being in the Charity Commissioners as respects endowments or trusts of any class other than the educational endowments and trusts mentioned in the Orders in Council made under the Board of Education Act 1899 (62 & 63 Vict. c. 33) (which, as respects those educational endowments and trusts, effected a general transfer to the Minister's predecessor of powers then vested in the said Commissioners) may by Order in Council be transferred to the Minister, or be made exercisable by him, as respects all or any endowments or trusts of any such other class as aforesaid, in so far as it appears to His Majesty in Council to be expedient so to provide having regard to the relation between the purposes of the endowments or trusts to be dealt with by the Order and the purposes of endowments or trusts as respects which the same or associated powers are already vested in or exercisable by the Minister by virtue of the said Act of 1899.
(2) If it appears to His Majesty in Council to be expedient that any powers formerly vested in the Charity Commissioners
as respects all or any endowments or trusts of any class, and for the time being vested as respects them in the Minister, should as respects them cease to be vested in him and be vested in the said Commissioners, he may by Order in Council make provision accordingly.
(3) An Order in Council made under this section may be varied or revoked by a subsequent Order in Council.
(4) A draft of any Order in Council under this section shall be laid before Parliament.
(5) The Orders in Council made under the Board of Education Act 1899, shall continue in operation, subject to the provisions of subsection (2) of this section.
(6) The preceding provisions of this section shall be in substitution for subsection (2) of section two of the Education Act 1944 (c. 31) (in this Act referred to as "the principal Act").
2 Extension of the Endowed Schools Acts to education generally in lieu of education of boys and girls, and to modern endowments
(1) Subject to the provisions of subsections (5) and (6) of this section, the Endowed Schools Acts 1869 to 1908 (which confer powers as respects educational endowments by schemes made thereunder to alter or add to existing trusts and to make new trusts and to consolidate or divide endowments) shall have effect subject to the amendments thereof specified in this section, and to the consequential and minor amendments thereof specified in the First Schedule to this Act.
(2) The endowments to which the said Acts apply as educational endowments shall comprise endowments for any educational purposes in lieu of being confined to endowments for the purposes of education at school of boys and girls or of exhibitions.
(3) Any limitation on the power to make schemes under the said Acts imposed thereby, whether expressly or by implication, by reference to the time of the giving of an endowment or part of an endowment, including the requirement imposed by paragraph (1) of section fourteen of the Endowed Schools Act 1869, of assent of the governing body of an endowment to a scheme where the original gift was less than fifty years before the commencement of that Act, shall cease to have effect, and the said power shall extend to endowments and parts of endowments whenever given, whether before or after the commencement of that Act or of this Act, so however that such assent as is mentioned in the said paragraph (1) shall be required for the making of a scheme as to an endowment or part of an endowment given as mentioned in that paragraph less than fifty years before the time of the making of the scheme.
(4) In accordance with the last preceding subsection, references to the time of the making of a scheme shall be substituted for the references to the commencement, or to the passing, of the said Act of 1869, or to the first day of January, 1869, in that Act and in sections seven and eight of the Endowed Schools Act 1873:
Provided that this subsection shall not have effect as to the reference to the passing of the said Act of 1869 in section fifty-five of that Act (which provides against the acquisition after the passing of that Act of vested interests in endowments).
(5) No provision shall be made by a scheme as to, or as to the governing body of, an endowment which constitutes or forms part of the endowment of -
(a) a university, a university college or a college of a university, orFor the purposes of this subsection -
(i) the expression "college of a university" includes, in the case of a university organised on a collegiate basis, a constituent college or other society recognised by the university, and, in the case of London University, a college incorporated in the university or a school of the university;(6) No provision shall be made by a scheme as to, or as to the governing body of, an endowment which, or the income whereof, is applicable solely or mainly for the purposes of education for imparting professional skill or learning, unless the governing body of the endowment assent to the scheme.
(7) The Welsh Intermediate Education Act 1889 (52 & 53 Vict. c. 40), shall cease to have effect.
3 Allocation between primary and secondary education of children between ten and a half and twelve years old
(1) The definitions of primary and secondary education in subsection (1) of section eight of the principal Act shall be amended in accordance with the provisions of this section.
(2) In paragraph (a) of the said subsection (1), which defines primary education, for the words "primary education, that is to say, full-time education suitable to the requirements of junior pupils", there shall be substituted the words "primary education, that is to say, full-time education suitable to the requirements of junior pupils who have not attained the age of ten years and six months, and full-time education suitable to the requirements of junior pupils who have attained that age and whom it is expedient to educate together with junior pupils who have not attained that age".
(3) At the end of paragraph (b) of the said subsection (1), which defines secondary education, there shall be inserted the words "and full-time education suitable to the requirements of junior pupils who have attained the age of ten years and six months and whom it is expedient to educate together with senior pupils".
4 Provisions as to pupils becoming registered pupils at, and being withdrawn from, schools
(1) A local education authority shall have power to make arrangements with respect to a primary school maintained by them, not being a school which is for the time being organised for the provision of both primary and secondary education, under which any junior pupils who have attained the age of ten years and six months and who are registered pupils at the school may be required to be withdrawn therefrom for the purpose of receiving secondary education.
(2) The provision of section eight of the principal Act which renders it the duty of every local education authority to secure that there shall be available for their area sufficient schools for providing primary and secondary education shall not be construed as imposing any obligation on proprietors of schools to admit children as registered pupils otherwise than at the beginning of a school term, except as regards admission at a school during the currency of a school term of a child who was prevented from entering the school at the beginning of the term -
(a) by his being ill or by other circumstances beyond his parent's control; orand, notwithstanding anything in section thirty-six of the principal Act, the parent of a child shall not be under any duty to cause him to receive full-time education during any period during which, having regard to the preceding provisions of this subsection, it is not practicable for the parent to arrange for him to become a registered pupil at a school.
(3) In cases not falling within the exception mentioned in the last preceding subsection, the managers or governors of schools maintained by a local education authority shall comply, as respects the time of admission of children as registered pupils, with any general directions given by the authority in that behalf.
(4) In subsection (1) of section eighty of the principal Act (which requires the proprietor of every school to cause a register to be kept containing particulars of all persons of compulsory school age who are pupils at the school), the words "of compulsory school age" are hereby repealed.
(5) Subsection (3) of the said section eighty (which requires regulations to be made as to the procedure by which children
may become registered pupils at a school, and may be withdrawn from a school) shall cease to have effect.
(6) The regulations made under the said section eighty shall prescribe the grounds on which names are to be deleted from a register kept thereunder, and the name of a person entered in such a register as a registered pupil shall be deleted therefrom when occasion arises on some one or other of the prescribed grounds and shall not be deleted therefrom on any other ground.
5 Amendment and consolidation of enactments as to provision of clothing
(1) A local education authority may provide clothing -
(a) for any pupil who is a boarder at any educational institution maintained by the authority;(2) Where it appears to a local education authority that -
(a) a pupil not falling within the preceding subsection at a school maintained by them, oris unable by reason of the inadequacy or unsuitability of his clothing to take full advantage of the education provided at the school, the authority may provide him with such clothing as in the opinion of the authority is necessary for the purpose of ensuring that he is sufficiently and suitably clad while he remains a pupil at the school.
(3) The Minister may make regulations empowering a local education authority to provide -
(a) for pupils at a school maintained by them, or at a county college or other establishment for further education so maintained, andsuch articles of clothing as may be prescribed suitable for the physical training provided at the school, college or other establishment, or under the facilities so made available.
(4) A local education authority may, with the consent of the proprietor of a school not maintained by the authority other than a special school, and upon such financial and other terms, if any, as may be determined by agreement between the authority and the proprietor of the school, make arrangements for securing, for any pupil at the school who is unable by reason of the
inadequacy or unsuitability of his clothing to take full advantage of the education provided at the school, the provision of such clothing as is necessary for the purpose of ensuring that he is sufficiently and suitably clad while he remains a pupil at the school:
Provided that any arrangements made under this subsection shall be such as to secure, so far as is practicable, that the expense incurred by the authority in connection with the provision of any article under the arrangements shall not exceed the expense which would have been incurred by them in the provision thereof if the pupil had been a pupil at a school maintained by them.
(5) Provision of clothing under any of the powers conferred by this section may be made in such way as to confer either a right of property in the clothing or a right of user only, at the option of the providing authority except in any circumstances for which the adoption of one or other way of making such provision is prescribed.
(6) Where a local education authority have, under the powers conferred by this section, provided a person with clothing, then, in such circumstances respectively as may be prescribed -
(a) the authority shall be under obligation to require the parent to pay to them in respect thereof such sum, if any, as in the opinion of the authority he is able without financial hardship to pay, not exceeding the cost to the authority of the provision;Any sum which a parent is duly required to pay by virtue of paragraph (a) or (b) of this subsection may be recovered summarily as a civil debt.
(7) The preceding provisions of this section shall be in substitution for the provisions of the Education Acts 1944 and 1946, relating to the provision of clothing.
6 Recoupment to local education authority of cost of providing education for persons not belonging to their area
(1) Where any provision for primary or secondary education is made by a local education authority in respect of a pupil who does not belong to their area, they shall be entitled to recoupment of an amount equal to the cost to them of the provision -
(a) if the pupil belongs to the area of another such authority, from that authority, the amount in that case being determined by agreement between the authorities, or, in default of agreement, by the Minister, or
regulations to be made by the Minister for securing that the cost of such provision in such cases is apportioned amongst all local education authorities, the amount in that case being determined in accordance with the regulations,subject in either case to the providing authority's making a claim in that behalf within the prescribed period:
Provided that in a case falling within paragraph (a) of this subsection, if the Minister is satisfied that the other authority ought not to be required to make recoupment in respect of the provision having regard to availability of provision of the kind in question under arrangements made by them and to all other circumstances of the case, he may, on their application, direct that the providing authority shall not be entitled to recoupment in respect thereof.
(2) For the purposes of this Act, a pupil shall be treated as belonging to the area of a particular local education authority, or as not belonging to the area of any such authority, in accordance with the following rule, namely -
(a) in the normal case, that is to say, where there is a person ordinarily resident in England or Wales with whom the pupil habitually resides, either both during terms and during holidays or, if he is being educated as a boarder, during holidays, being a person who has the actual charge of him whilst he is resident with that person, the pupil shall be treated as belonging to the area of the local education authority in whose area that person ordinarily resides; andsubject however to the provisions of the next succeeding subsection.
(3) The general rule specified in the last preceding subsection shall be subject to the following exceptions, that is to say, -
(a) a pupil for whom a local education authority is for the time being appointed as a fit person under the Children and Young Persons Act 1933 (23 & 24 Geo. 5. c. 12), shall be treated as belonging to the area of that authority;
belonging to the area of such local education authority as may be prescribed, or, if none is prescribed, as not belonging to the area of any such authority;(4) Any question whether a pupil ought to be treated as belonging to the area of any particular local education authority, or as not belonging to the area of any such authority, shall, in case of dispute, be determined by the Minister.
(5) A local education authority may make a payment by way of recoupment to another such authority of cost incurred by the other authority in making any provision -
(a) for primary or secondary education in respect of a pupil belonging to the area of the paying authority, ornotwithstanding that the paying authority are not under a legal obligation to make the payment.
(6) References in this section to provision for education include references to provision of any benefits or services for which provision is made by or under the enactments relating to education.
(7) This section shall have effect, as respects any provision for education, in substitution for section one hundred and six of the principal Act, in so far as the cost of the provision is attributable to any period after the thirty-first day of March, nineteen hundred and forty-eight, and regulations for the purposes of this section may accordingly be made so as to extend to any such provision made before the coming into operation of the regulations in so far as the cost of the provision is attributable to any such period.
7 Amendments as to modifying the requirement of conformity to prescribed standards as to premises of schools
(1) For the proviso to subsection (2) of section ten of the principal Act (which empowers the Minister to give such a direction as is therein mentioned where he is satisfied that it would be unreasonable in the case of any particular school to require conformity in any particular respect with the requirements of the regulations as to the prescribed standards as to the premises of schools), the following proviso shall be substituted, that is to say -
"Provided that, if the Minister is satisfied with respect to any school -(2) Where it is proposed to establish a new school to be maintained by a local education authority, if the Minister is satisfied, on the submission to him of the specifications and plans of the school premises, either -(a) that having regard to the nature of the existing site or to any existing buildings thereon or to other special circumstances affecting the school premises it would be unreasonable to require conformity with a requirement of the regulations as to any matter, orhe may give a direction that, notwithstanding that that requirement is not satisfied, the school premises shall, whilst the direction remains in force, be deemed to conform to the prescribed standards as respects matters with which the direction deals if such conditions, if any, as may be specified in the direction as respects those matters are observed."
(a) with respect to the site of the school, as to the matters mentioned in paragraph (b) set out in the preceding subsection, orhe may (notwithstanding the provisions of section thirteen of the principal Act as to conformity to the prescribed standards)
approve the specifications and plans, and may undertake to give a direction as to the school under the proviso to subsection (2) of section ten of the principal Act on the school's being established.
(3) This section shall be deemed to have had effect since the commencement of Part II of the principal Act.
8 Cancellation of report that a child is incapable of receiving education at school owing to disability of mind
Where a report has been made under subsection (3) of section fifty-seven of the principal Act of a decision that a child is incapable on the ground of mental disability of receiving education at school, if at any time thereafter the local health authority, or an authority or body responsible for the management of an institution in which the child is under care, are of opinion that the decision ought to be reviewed, they shall notify the local education authority of their opinion, and thereupon the provisions of subsections (1) and (2) of that section as to the medical examination of the child shall apply as on its first appearing to the local education authority that the child was suffering from the disability, and if they decide, after considering the advice given by the medical officer and any reports or information from the authority or body who notified the opinion that the decision ought to be reviewed or other persons, that the child is capable of receiving education at school, they shall cancel their original report.
9 Presumption of age in proceedings to enforce attendance at school
(1) For the purposes of a prosecution of the parent of a child for an offence against section thirty-seven or section thirty-nine of the principal Act (which relate respectively to failure to comply with a school attendance order and to failure of a child to attend regularly at school), in so far as the child's having been of compulsory school age at any time is material, the child shall be presumed to have been of compulsory school age at that time unless the parent proves the contrary.
(2) An obligation under the preceding subsection to presume a child to have been of compulsory school age at any time shall be in substitution, so far as regards the purposes for which that presumption is required to be made, for the power conferred on the court by subsection (1) of section ninety-five of the principal Act (which is a power to presume a person to be under, of, or over, an age alleged by the person by whom any proceedings under the principal Act are brought on his satisfying the court that, having used all reasonable diligence to obtain evidence as to the age of that person, he has been unable to do so).
10 Provisions as to power of local education authorities to acquire land by agreement
(1) Subsection (1) of section ninety of the principal Act (under which a local education authority may be authorised to purchase compulsorily land required for the purposes of any school or college which is, or is to be, maintained by them, or otherwise for the purposes of their functions under that Act) shall be amended by inserting therein, after the words "for
the purposes of any school or college which is, or is to be, maintained by them" the words "or which they have power to assist."
(2) For the removal of doubt it is hereby declared that the rendering available of land for the purposes of a school, college or other institution which is, or is to be, maintained by a local education authority, or which they have power to assist, is a function of the authority within the meaning of section one hundred and fifty-seven of the Local Government Act 1933 (23 & 24 Geo. 5. c. 51), or, as the case may be, of section ninety-seven of the London Government Act 1939 (2 & 3 Geo. 6. c. 40) (which relate to the acquisition by a local authority by agreement of land for the purpose of any of their functions), notwithstanding that the land will not be held by the authority.
(3) A local education authority shall not acquire by agreement any land required for the purposes of a voluntary school unless they are satisfied that the arrangements made as to the vesting of the land to be acquired, and as to the appropriation thereof for those purposes, are such as to secure that the expenditure ultimately borne by them will not include any expenditure which, if the land had been acquired by the managers or governors of the school, would have fallen to be borne by the managers or governors.
11 Miscellaneous amendments and repeals
(1) The provisions of the principal Act specified in the first column of Part I of the First Schedule to this Act, and the provisions of other Acts specified in the first column of Part II of that Schedule, shall have effect subject to the amendments specified in the second column of that Schedule (being amendments which relate to minor matters and consequential amendments).
(2) The enactments specified in the Second Schedule to this Act are hereby repealed to the extent mentioned in the third column of that Schedule.
12 Provisions as to regulations
Regulations made for any of the purposes of this Act, save in so far as they are subject to corresponding provision by virtue of their being made under a power conferred by the principal Act, shall be made by statutory instrument and shall be subject to annulment in pursuance of resolution of either House of Parliament.
Any increase attributable to the provisions of this Act in the expenses to be defrayed out of moneys provided by Parliament under section one hundred and seven of the principal Act shall be defrayed out of moneys so provided.
14 Short title, citation, construction and extent
(1) This Act may be cited as the Education (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1948.
(2) This Act (except section two thereof and the provisions of the Schedules thereto relating to the Endowed Schools Acts 1869 to 1908) and the Education Acts 1944 and 1946, may be cited together as the Education Acts 1944 to 1948, and the said excepted section and provisions and the Endowed Schools Acts 1869 to 1908, may be cited together as the Endowed Schools Acts 1869 to 1948.
(3) This Act (other than the said excepted section and provisions) shall be construed as one with the Education Acts 1944 and 1946, and the said excepted section and provisions shall be construed as one with the Endowed Schools Acts 1869 to 1908.
(4) References in this Act to any other enactment shall, except so far as the context otherwise requires, be construed as references to that enactment as amended by or under any other enactment, including this Act.
(5) This Act shall not extend to Scotland or Northern Ireland.
Sections 2, 11
AMENDMENTS OF THE PRINCIPAL ACT (7 & 8 Geo. 6. c. 31)
AMENDMENTS OF OTHER ENACTMENTS.
The Endowed Schools Act 1869 (32 & 33 Vict. c. 56)