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The power to innovate allows schools, local authorities and further education institutions to trial innovative approaches to raising standards and improving outcomes for their learners.

Schools, colleges and local authorities with innovative ideas for raising educational standards may sometimes find that there are legislative barriers preventing them from making the desired changes to their current practice.

When this happens they can apply to Welsh Ministers to temporarily suspend, relax or modify the requirements of education legislation for the purpose of implementing innovative approaches that may contribute to raising standards. This is known as the power to innovate.

The power to innovate can only apply to education legislation. It cannot be used to gain exemption from other types of legislation, for example, health and safety legislation or employment law.

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