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B1433 – Education Commissions Bill 2018, TSR Government
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make provisions for the constitutions of Commissions in respect to the reform of the education sector and system

BE IT ENACTED by the Queen's Most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Commons in this present Parliament assembled, in accordance with the provisions of the Parliament Acts 1911 and 1949, and by the authority of the same, as follows:—

PART I
GENERAL

1(X)The Education Commission
(1) For the purpose of promoting and developing the reform of the education sector and system of England, there shall be constituted in accordance with this section a body of Commissioners, to be known as the Education Commission.
(2) The Education Commission (“the Commission”) shall form as a body corporate.
(3) The Commission is to be formed of a Chairman and a number of other Commissioners as appointed by a ballot, motion of confidence or other democratic protocol involving all of the remaining Commissioners with the approval of Secretary of State for Education
(4) The Secretary of State for Education may, in circumstances befitting his intervention, appoint persons on a temporary basis to the Commission.
(5) Persons appointed to the Commission by the Secretary of State for Education shall be duly subject to a motion of confidence within 90 days of appointment.
(6) The persons appointed to be, or otherwise approved as, Commissioners shall be persons appearing to the Secretary of State for Education to be suitably qualified and to have a suitable understanding of the education system and sector.
(7) Persons appointed to be Commissioners shall be appointed for such term (not exceeding five years) and subject to such conditions as may be determined by the Secretary of State for Education at the time of his appointment.
(8) Persons appointed to be Commissioners shall retain the right to, at any time, seek removal and resign his office, or otherwise become ineligible to continue his appointment.
(9) Persons who resign office retain the right to be reappointed at a later date; persons who become ineligible through misconduct or behaviour deemed detrimental to the success of the Commission in establishing and promoting educational reform shall lose said right.

2(X)Functions of the Commissions
(1) It shall be the duty and responsibility of each and every Commissioner to undertake and reasonably report to the Committee analysis of the education sector and system, at both a legal and practical degree, with particular regard to:-
(X) (a) the codification of educational law;
(X) (b) the implementation of protocols, systems and safeguards required under said law;
(X) (c) institutional adherence and compliance to regulations and progumulations on behalf of the Department for Education;
(X) (d) the funding status of educational institutions in England;
(X) (e) the supply and retention of teaching professionals;
(X) (f) the continued development of teaching professionals whilst employed in the English education system;
(X) (g) the National Curriculum at all levels;
(X) (h) the provision of personal, social, health and economic education at all levels;
(X) (i) the efficacy and efficiency of examinations at all levels within their remit;
(X) (j) the efficacy and efficiency of all educational institutions under their remit;
(X) (k) the status of inspections and any systemic flaws highlighted by said inspections;
(X) (l) tuition fee repayment schemes, and the viability of a true graduate taxation or contribution scheme;
(X) (m) any other factor, element or issue as described to the committee by any of its commissioners or the Secretary of State for Education.
(2) The Commissioners are to compile a quarterly report advancing analysis and prospective courses of action, to be made available to the Secretary of State for Education.
(3) The Secretary of State for Education shall, within a reasonable time period, lay before Parliament the report on the proceedings and recommendations of the Commissioners with such comments (if any) as he thinks fit.
(4) The established Commissioners are to draft a Constitution for the Operation of the Education Commission (“a Constitution”) in respect to their general management.
(5) The Constitution is to be approved by the Secretary of State for Education and Parliament.
(6) The Constitution may not contradict this Act.
(7) The Constitution may be rewritten at any time on the order of the Secretary of State, Parliament or the Commission itself.

3(X)Remuneration
(1) There shall be paid to the Commissioners of the Education Commission such salaries or remuneration as may be determined, with the approval of the Treasury, by the Secretary of State for Education.
(2) In the case of any such holder of the office of Commissioner as may be so determined, there shall be paid such pension, allowance or gratuity to or in respect of him on his retirement or death, or such contributions or other payments towards provision for such a pension, allowance or gratuity, as may be so determined.
(3) The salaries or renumeration of the Commissioners and any sums payable to or in respect of the Commissioners under subsection (2) of this section, shall be paid out of moneys provided by Parliament.
(4) The Secretary of State for Education may appoint such officers and servants of the Education Commissions, as he may, with the approval of the Treasury as to number and conditions of service, determine.
(5) The general expenses of the Education Commission, including but not limited to the remuneration of officers and servants, shall be defrayed out of the moneys provided by Parliament.

PART II
CITATION AND COMMENCEMENT

4(X)Citation and Commencement:
(1) This act extends to England.
(2) This act will come into force upon Royal Assent.
(3) This act may be cited as the Education Commissions Bill 2018.

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In order to complement the Department for Education’s Ministerial Report, this Bill proposes the creation of an Education Commission, mirroring the structure of the Law Commission, to independently analyse and propose recommendations on issues within the education sector, as to remove the party politics hold on education and create a education sector that can facilitate a truly meritocratic society.


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Are there any existing organisations which do this kind of work already? Whether in whole or in part.
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Are there any existing organisations which do this kind of work already? Whether in whole or in part.
None whose advisory capacity or remit matches that of the Commission; and crucially none that have a legislative pregorative to report to the Department or SoS with the same vigour and vim.
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None whose advisory capacity or remit matches that of the Commission; and crucially none that have a legislative pregorative to report to the Department or SoS with the same vigour and vim.
So what do we have already?
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So what do we have already?
Well, a variety of think tanks and select committees exist however these are very prescribed in nature and often work to exacerbate the strangulation of the education sector through party politics or idelogical turns of phrase.
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Well, a variety of think tanks and select committees exist however these are very prescribed in nature and often work to exacerbate the strangulation of the education sector through party politics or idelogical turns of phrase.
Having thought about it, I think this could be a good idea.
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An excellent idea from a fantastic education secretary.
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Oh joy, the post I made a few days ago didn't post.

At the end of the day this is another pointless quango, unlike law the education system is not broad enough to require continuous reviews. There are also a couple of amusing things here, first is that the notes talk about the point of this commission being to remove education from party politics and yet this government has pushed through a number of pieces of legislation independentely, there are mixed messages coming out of this govenrment here. Also we see the minister saying that the think tanks and committees work to "exacertbate the stranguation of the education sector", is this strangualtion through a lack of reform or too much? If the former I would like to share his drugs as education is probably the most frequently reformed area of government, and if the latter I would ask the minister why it is that he himself has pushed so much reform.
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This bill is in cessation.
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Division! Clear the lobbies!
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