We are aware that under the Education Reform Act 1988 that no charge can be made for education in school hours and that every child has the right to receive free school education. Also, we believe this policy complies with the Education Act 20002.
We recognise that all activities offered during normal teaching time must be made available to all children regardless of their parents’ ability or willingness to help meet the cost.
We recognise the valuable contribution that the wide range of additional activities, including clubs, educational visits and residential experiences, can make towards pupils personal and social education.
It is our intention to promote and provide such activities both as part of a broad and balanced curriculum and as additional activities.
Therefore, any activity which takes place mainly during school hours or is an essential part of the curriculum will be provided free of charge.
We are aware that we are able to ask for voluntary contributions from parents when organising educational visits which will enrich the curriculum and the educational experiences of children.
We wish to work closely with the School Council and to hear their views and opinions as we acknowledge and support Article 12 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child that children should be encouraged to form and to express their views.
We as a school community have a commitment to promote equality. Therefore, an equality impact assessment has been undertaken and we believe this policy is in line with the Equality Act 2010.
The Governing Body has:
The Headteacher will:
The Nominated Governor will:
Charges cannot be made for any books, materials, instruments, equipment or transport for use in connection with education if the education is:
Charges for transport cannot be made when:
Charges can be made when:
Charges may be levied for:
The Governing Body will:
We are aware that we can ask for voluntary contributions from parents/carers that will benefit the school or any school activity.
We will inform parent/carers:
We will remit any charge wholly or partly if any activity takes place:
The School Council will be involved in:
We will raise awareness of this policy via:
We ensure all school personnel have equal chances of training, career development and promotion.
Periodic training will be organised for all school personnel so that they are kept up to date with new information and guide lines concerning equal opportunities.
Under the Equality Act 2010 we have a duty not to discriminate against people on the basis of their age, disability, gender, gender identity, pregnancy or maternity, race, religion or belief and sexual orientation.
This policy has been equality impact assessed and we believe that it is in line with the Equality Act 2010 as it is fair, it does not prioritise or disadvantage any pupil and it helps to promote equality at this school.
The practical application of this policy will be reviewed annually or when the need arises by the coordinator, the Headteacher and the nominated governor.
A statement of the policy’s effectiveness and the necessary recommendations for improvement will be presented to the Governing Body for further discussion and endorsement. (See Policy Evaluation)