The HE Byte

Schools Bill 2022 – England

This page is being updated as the Bill progresses through Parliament: most recent revision – 1 November

Published Bill Documents

Trying to keep track of what is happening?

We recommend the Parallel Parliament’s Schools Bill page.

Unlike Parliament’s own website, links to all the relevant documents are displayed in a single list. The “Timeline of Bill Documents and Stages” list is ordered with the most recent publication at the top. Above that is a “Latest Key documents” list, which saves searching for the more important ones.

Other features include:

  • buttons to specific categories of information such as ‘Ministerial Extracts from Debates’ and a list of ‘Debates Contributors’;
  • a drop down ‘Learn more about this bill’ panel;
  • a very helpful “Receive Alert” button, which enables you to request an email whenever a new document becomes available.

Overall a very useful resource!

Official Parliamentary pages

Home page: Schools Bill [HL] – Parliamentary Bills

Various information is available via the ‘Publications ‘,News‘ & ‘Stages‘ tabs, but this information is more readily accessible on the Parallel Parliament website cited above.

Direct links to key PDF documents listed on the Publications tab:

Current progress of the Bill

The best place to track the progress of the Bill, including amendments, is via the Parallel Parliament website referred to above.

House of Lords Report stage.

The second and final sitting in this stage is planned for Monday 18 July. Only those amendments submitted by the Minister were agreed to by Peers.

The next stage is the Third reading. This was provisionally timetabled for Tue 20 July, the day before both Houses rose for the Summer recess. Then on 15 July, it was rescheduled for 14 September. On 7 September, the day after Liz Truss was appointed as the new Prime Minister, and Kit Malthouse Secretary of State for Education, the Bill was deleted from the Order Paper for 14 September, and at the time of writing no alternative date has been proposed.

Whilst reports and rumours increased under Truss’s premiership – see this Byte for the details – the Bill was not formally abandoned. It remains unclear at this stage if the Bill will be withdrawn under Prime Minister Sunak. However, the mood music around Westminster and Whitehall is that it will be easier for it to be laid to rest and a new Education Bill brought forward in spring 2023. The DfE has already signalled that it intends to include the CNiS registers and measures to force educational settings which do not meet the threshold for a school to register.

Ii looks increasingly unlikely that a Third reading will be given to the Bill, however should one occur, such debates are commonly held on a single day, following which the motion is agreed. If this happens in this instance, the Bill will almost certainly be passed over to the Commons later that day or the following one. That action will immediately result in the Bill receiving a First reading in the Commons. The Institute for Government’s guide to Bills states that at a Commons First reading, “The short title of the bill is read out in the Chamber. No debate takes place and no amendments can be tabled.”

Related Bytes

Resources provided through this website

MPs and Confidentiality

Information for home educating families contacting their Member of Parliament

Editable table containing extracts from the Bill for you to work with

These are tools for you to use to do your own work on understanding and tracking the Bill’s progress. They cover the sections listed below, not the whole Bill. If time allows we will keep each of them updated as more amendments are added at each stage.

Sections included: 49, 50 & 51 (CNiS registers) | 57 (Independent educational institutions) | 64 (Powers of entry and investigation – independent educational institutions)

Only containing relevant Bill clauses as it was updated after the Committee stageContaining relevant Bill clauses and Lords Report stage amendments (updated 15 July)
Open Document FormatOpen Document Format
Word Document FormatWord Document Format
Portable Document FormatPortable Document Format

Notes on formats available:

    • Open Documents (odt) original formatting – space for you to type notes
    • Word Documents (doc) formatting may not be as reliable – space for you to type notes
    • Portable Documents (pdf) best for printing – can only be annotated on screen

Archived files (PDF only):

Flow charts of a Bill’s progress through both Houses

Click on the links below each image to download the file type you prefer

House of LordsHouse of Commons

Note: the Bill may not be debated in the Commons until after the Summer recess.

House of Lords Bill Flow Chart
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If you want a more detailed explanation of the different stages of Government Bills in both Houses and how these differ, we highly recommend the Institute for Government’s Explainer “How are bills amended by Parliament?” For example it clarifies why all but the Government’s own amendments were either withdrawn or not moved in the Committee stage, “Amendments are routinely tabled, but rarely pushed to a vote at committee stage.” The reason for this is given in the Report stage section of the table on that page, “Any amendment can be made so long as it has not already been defeated during committee stage.” Thus withdrawing them allows the proposer more time to gather support for their amendment to be carried at a later date.

Helpful publications from others

It is impossible to list every item written by members of the various EHE organisations, communities and their supporters, so here is a very small selection which we hope you will find helpful.

Taunton Home Education

During the Second reading debate Baroness Meacher stated, “No doubt we have all had a briefing from Taunton Home Education asking us to oppose Parts 3 and 4. I have to say that I do not believe that these parts have anything really to do with Taunton Home Education, or indeed any other upstanding educational organisation.”
This is not the place to rebut Meacher’s misguided faith. We are pleased however that Taunton Home Education have given us permission to post their briefing here:

Ed Yourself | Fiona Nicholson

Helpful analysis of each stage of the Bills progress through Parliament – most recent item at the bottom of the list.

Counting Children | Schools Bill briefing | data protection

A god place for information on the data protection aspects of the Bill.

This page will be updated as the Bill progresses through both Houses.