This paper considers the background and reaction to, and the provisions of, the Education and Adoption Bill which proposes new powers in relation to converting school judged "inadequate" to academy status, the academy conversion process and intervention powers and the reaction to them, and the establishment of regional adoption agencies. Sections 5 to 7 were added to this paper on 14 September 2015, to cover the Bill's Second Reading and Commons Committee Stages. Sections 1 to 5 of the note remain as originally published on 17 June 2015, and have not been updated.Jump to full report >>
For schools in England, the Bill’s provisions would:
In respect of adoption, the Bill would allow the Secretary of State to give directions requiring one or more English local authorities to make arrangements for any or all of their specified adoption functions to be carried out by one of the named local authorities or by a different adoption agency (either a different local authority or a voluntary adoption agency).
The provisions in the Bill build on and expand the joint arrangement legislation in the Adoption and Children Act 2002 (which were added by the Children and Families Act 2014).
The Government has stated that the new powers “will require councils combine their adoption functions if they fail to join together services under their own steam within the next 2 years” – however, there is no reference to a waiting period in the Bill.
Commons Briefing papers CBP-7232
Authors: Tim Jarrett; Nerys Roberts; David Foster; Paul Bolton