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Royal Assent given to Education Bill
Wed 16 Nov 2011
The Education Bill, a piece of legislation that is intended to help raise standards in UK schools, has been granted Royal Assent.
Nick Gibb, the schools minister, noted that the new Act gives teachers all the necessary powers to make sure their classrooms are "safe and ordered" and a good learning environment for children, focusing on school inspections and strengthening accountability to drive improvements in scholastic standards.
The Act includes new powers to address underperforming schools, a refocusing of Ofsted inspections on areas that matter most to parents and the power to set up an entitlement to free early years schooling for two-year-olds at a disadvantage.
It also includes the power for schools to search students without their consent for banned or dangerous items.
Andrea Squires, a partner at Winckworth Sherwood Solicitors, commented: "The pace of change in the education world continues to provide challenges to all. We will be reporting on the detail of the Education Act and considering its far reaching implications."
This comes after Mr Gibb announced that more pupils would be able to go to the best schools in a new admissions system designed to be fairer and simpler for parents, with all 800,000 places in primary schools to be offered in one day.