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School Standards and Organisation (Wales) Act 2013

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The School Organisation Code imposes requirements and provides guidelines in respect of school organisation proposals.
This Act became law in Wales on 4 March 2013.


The Act sets out proposals to strengthen school standards, enhance local determination and reduce complexity. 


The Act:

  • provides a clearer process for school intervention and drives school improvement by introducing statutory guidance.
  • reforms the statutory process for school organisation so that decisions are taken locally wherever possible.
  • removes the requirement for School Governing Bodies to hold Annual Parents’ Meetings and introduce a new right for parents to call meetings with School Governing Bodies.
  • gives local authorities and schools greater flexibility over the pricing of school meals.
  • mainstreams several grant-funded programmes to help streamline current processes.
  • makes local authorities accountable for planning Welsh-medium provision by making Welsh in Education Strategic Plans statutory.

More information

Full details of the Act are available from the National Assembly for Wales (external website).