Education Bill Notice of Amendments tabled on 16 October 2014 for Consideration Stage

Clause 2, Page 1, Line 11

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‘(2C) It shall be a duty of the Authority, when exercising its functions to encourage, facilitate and promote shared education.’

Mr John McCallister

Clause 2, Page 1, Line 11

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‘(2D) It shall be a duty of the Authority, when exercising its functions to encourage, facilitate and promote the community use of school premises.’

Mr John McCallister

Schedule 1, Page 4, Line 41

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‘(9A) A nominated person shall be for a specified period of not more than 8 years and on completion of this period the nominated person shall resign and the vacancy shall be filled by applying sub-paragraphs (3) to (8).

(9B) A nominated person who has resigned after completing the eight year period can be considered for nomination by a party nominating officer after a period of 4 years has passed since the date of their resignation. ’

Mr John McCallister

Schedule 1, Page 6, Line 34

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‘(1A) The Authority will appoint a standing committee to encourage, facilitate and promote shared education. ’

Mr John McCallister

Schedule 1, Page 6, Line 34

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‘(1B) The Authority will appoint a standing committee to encourage, facilitate and promote the community use of school premises. ’

Mr John McCallister

Clause 4, Page 2, Line 15

Leave out ‘negative .’ and insert ‘affirmative resolution’

Mr Danny Kinahan
Mrs Sandra Overend

Schedule 1, Page 3, Line 16

After ‘Department’ insert ‘on the basis of merit through a fair and open public competition’

Mr Danny Kinahan
Mrs Sandra Overend

Schedule 1, Page 3, Line 30

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‘(d) No less than two of the persons so appointed under paragraph 2(c)(iii) shall be appointed by reason of their being teachers serving at the time of their appointment in grant-aided schools.’

Mr Danny Kinahan
Mrs Sandra Overend

Clause 2, Page 1, Line 11

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‘(2E) It shall be the duty of the Education Authority to encourage and facilitate the development of integrated education, that is to say the education together at school of Protestant and Roman Catholic pupils.”’

Mr Steven Agnew

Schedule 1, Page 3, Line 19

Leave out (c) and insert -

‘(c) 12 persons appointed by the Department (“appointed members”) of whom—

(i) 4 shall be persons appearing to the Department to represent the interests of transferors of controlled schools, appointed after consultation with persons or bodies appearing to the Department to represent such interests;

(ii) 3 shall be persons appearing to the Department to represent the interests of trustees of maintained schools, appointed after consultation with persons or bodies appearing to the Department to represent such interests;

(iii) 1 shall be a person appearing to the Department to represent the interests of integrated schools, appointed after consultation with persons or bodies appearing to the Department to represent such interests; and

(iv) 4 shall be persons appearing to the Department, so far as practicable, to be representative of the community in Northern Ireland.’

Mr Steven Agnew

Schedule 1, Page 9, Line 10

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‘Pay Policy statements

17A. The Education Authority must prepare a pay policy statement for the financial year 2015-16 and each subsequent financial year.

17B.—(1) A pay policy statement for a financial year must set out the Authority’s policies for the financial year relating to—

(a) the remuneration of its chief officers,

(b) the remuneration of its lowest-paid employees, and

(c) the relationship between—

(i) the remuneration of its chief officers,

(ii) the remuneration of its employees who are not chief officers, and

(iii) the remuneration of its lowest-paid employees.

(2) The statement must state—

(a) the definition of “lowest-paid employees” adopted by the Authority for the purposes of the statement, and

(b) the Authority’s reasons for adopting that definition.

(3) The statement must include the Authority’s policies relating to—

(a) the level and elements of remuneration for each chief officer,

(b) remuneration of chief officers on recruitment,

(c) increases and additions to remuneration for each chief officer,

(d) the use of performance-related pay for chief officers,

(e) the use of bonuses for chief officers,

(f) the approach to the payment of chief officers on their ceasing to hold office under or to be employed by the Authority, and

(g) the publication of and access to information relating to remuneration of chief officers.

(4) A pay policy statement for a financial year may also set out the Authority’s policies for the financial year relating to the other terms and conditions applying to the Authority’s chief officers.

17C.—(1) A relevant Authority’s pay policy statement must be approved by the Authority before it comes into force.

(2) The first statement must be prepared and approved before the end of 31 March 2015.

(3) Each subsequent statement must be prepared and approved before the end of the 31 March immediately preceding the financial year to which it relates.

(4) The Authority may amend its pay policy statement (including after the beginning of the financial year to which it relates).

(5) As soon as is reasonably practicable after approving or amending a pay policy statement, the Authority must publish the statement or the amended statement in such manner as it thinks fit (which must include publication on the Authority’s website).

17D. The Authority must, in performing its functions (above), have regard to any guidance issued or approved by the Education Minister.

17E.—(1) This section applies to a determination that—

(a) is made by a relevant authority in a financial year beginning on or after 1 April 2015 and

(b) relates to the remuneration of or other terms and conditions applying to a chief officer of the Authority.

(2) The relevant authority must comply with its pay policy statement for the financial year in making the determination.

(3) Any power to appoint officers and employees is subject to the requirement in subsection (2).’

Mr Steven Agnew

Schedule 2, Page 10, Line 3

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‘Living Wage Accredited Employer

2A. The Education Authority must become a living wage accredited employer in accordance with the accreditation scheme administered by the Citizens UK Living Wage Foundation before the end of 31 March 2016.’

Mr Steven Agnew

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