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County Education Authorities

Volume 173: debated on Tuesday 5 June 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science if he will publish a list of the extra responsibilities placed on county education authorities in each of the past two years and his best estimate of the costs of compliance by county education authorities.

New and amended responsibilities placed on education authorities are generally set out in departmental circulars and administrative memoranda. Those issued in 1988 and 1989 are listed in the table. The cost of complying with these responsibilities will vary depending on the circumstances of the authority and the extent of discretion over the timing and manner of implementation. The funding implications of new education developments are considered in the discussions between the Department and the local authority associations which inform the annual grant settlement. The Department provides support for the costs of the main reforms in the Education Reform Act through its specific grant programmes. It is for each authority to decide what funds in addition to these grants it should allocate for new responsibilities from the overall resources available to it.

DES Circulars and Administrative Memoranda Issued in 1988 and 1989


  • 1/88 Physical and mental fitness to teach of teachers and entrants to initial teacher training.
  • 2/88 Disabled Persons Act 1986.
  • 3/88 School teachers pay and conditions of service.
  • 4/88 Working together for the protection of children from abuse.
  • 5/88 LEA Training Grants Scheme 1989–90.
  • 6/88 Transfer of responsibility for education in inner London.
  • 7/88 Education Reform Act 1988: Local Management of Schools.
  • 8/88 Education Reform Act 1988: governance of maintained further education and higher education colleges.
  • 9/88 Education Reform Act 1988: local management of FE and HE colleges: planning and delegation schemes and articles of government.
  • 10/88 Education Reform Act 1988: Grant-Maintained Schools.
  • 11/88 Admission of pupils to county and voluntary schools.
  • 12/88 Protection of children: disclosure of criminal background of those with access to children.
  • 1/89 Education Reform Act 1988: local arrangements for the consideration of complaints.
  • 2/89 Education Reform Act 1988: charges for school activities.
  • 3/89 Education Reform Act 1988: religious education and collective worship.
  • 4/89 Alcohol misuse.
  • 5/89 Education reform Act 1988: the school curriculum and assessment.
  • 6/89 Education Reform Act 1988: National Curriculum—Maths and Science orders under Section 4.
  • 7/89 Teachers (compensation for redundancy and premature retirement) regulations 1989.
  • 8/89 Ethnically based statistics on school teachers.
  • 9/89 Education Reform Act 1988: modern foreign languages in the National Curriculum.
  • 10/89 Education Reform Act 1988: National Curriculum: English key stage I order under Section 4.
  • 11/89 Education Reform Act 1988: statutory approval of qualifications under Section 5.
  • 12/89 School teachers pay and conditions of employment.
  • 13/89 Local management of schools, FE and HE colleges: order under Section 222 of the Education Reform Act 1988.
  • 14/89 Education (school curriculum and related information) regulations 1989.
  • 15/89 Education Reform Act 1988: temporary exceptions from the National Curriculum.
  • 16/89 Ethnically-based statistics on school pupils.
  • 17/89 Education (school records) regulations 1989.
  • 18/89 Education (teachers) regulations 1989.
  • 19/89 Adult continuing education and the Education Reform Act 1988: planning and delegation schemes.
  • 20/89 LEA Training Grants Scheme 1990–91.
  • 21/89 Grant-maintained schools: financial arrangements.
  • 22/89 Assessments and statements of special educational needs: procedures within the education, health and social services.
  • 23/89 Special schools for pupils with emotional and behavioural difficulties.
  • 24/89 Initial teacher training: approval of courses.

Administrative Memoranda

  • 1/88 Amendment of pupils' registration regulations 1956: keeping of school records.
  • 1/89 Animals and plants in schools: legal aspects.