Charging and Remission Policy for School Activities

Charging and Remission Policy for School Activities

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Introduction

The aim of this policy is to set out the charges that may be levied for school activities, external lettings and other miscellaneous items, the remissions which may be implemented and the circumstances under which voluntary contributions will be requested from parents/carers. Guidance is based on the Education Act 1996: Sections 449-462 which sets out the law on charging for school activities in schools maintained by local authorities in England: academies are required through their funding agreement to comply with the law on charging for school activities.

The Governing Body of Darrick Wood Infant & Nursery School is responsible for determining the content of the policy and the Head Teacher for implementation. Any determinations with respect to individual parents/carers will be considered by the Head Teacher.

Parents/Carers are entitled to information about the School’s Charging and Remissions Policy and the Governing Body should ensure that it is published on the School’s website and available upon request during school hours.

Prohibition of Charges

The Governing Body of Darrick Wood Infant & Nursery School recognises that the legislation prohibits charges for the following:

• Admission to school
• Access to the National Curriculum provided during school hours, including the supply of any materials, books, instruments or other equipment
• Education provided outside school hours if it is part of the National Curriculum, or part of a syllabus for a prescribed public examination that the pupil is being prepared for at the school, or part of religious education.
• SATS testing

Charges can, however, be made for

• Any materials, books, instruments or equipment where the pupil’s parent/carer wishes him to own them
• Optional extras – see below
• Music and vocal tuition in limited circumstances

Optional Extras

Charges may be made for some activities that are known as optional extras. Where an optional extra is being provided, a charge can be made for providing materials, books, instruments or equipment. Optional extras are:

• Education provided outside of school time that is not:
a) part of the National Curriculum
b) part of religious education.
• Transport that is required to take a pupil to school or to other premises where the local authority/governing body have arranged for the pupil to be provided with education
• Extended day services offered to pupils (e.g. breakfast clubs, after school clubs, tea and supervised homework sessions.

In calculating the cost of optional extras an amount may be included in relation to:

• Any materials, books, instruments or equipment provided in connection with the optional extra
• Non-teaching staff
• Teaching staff engaged under contracts for services purely to provide an optional extra, this includes supply teachers engaged specifically to provide the optional extra
• The cost or a proportion of the costs for teaching staff employed to provide tuition in playing a musical instrument where the tuition is an optional extra.

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