Education Act 2005

The Education Act 2005[1]

Long title An Act to make provision about the inspection of schools, child minding, day care, nursery education and careers services; to make other provision about school education; to make provision about the training of persons who work in schools and other persons who teach, about the supply of personal information for purposes related to education and about the attendance of children at educational provision outside schools; and for connected purposes.
Citation 2005 c 18
Territorial extent England and Wales, except that sections 108 and 109, section 124, so far as relating to those sections, and the other provisions of Part 5, except sections 119 and 122 and 123, also extend to Scotland and Northern Ireland, and that any amendment or repeal made by the Act has the same extent as the enactment amended or repealed.[2]
Royal assent 7 April 2005
Text of statute as originally enacted
Revised text of statute as amended

The Education Act 2005 (c 18) is an Act of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. It was enacted in order to simplify the process of school improvement, strengthening the accountability framework for schools, in particular by amending the approach used by Ofsted when inspecting schools in England. This Act repealed the provisions of the School Inspections Act 1996.

The Act also brought about changes to the role of the Teacher Training Agency, broadened the need for local education authorities to invite proposals for new schools, and introduced 3-year budgets for maintained schools.

The Education Act is divided into five parts, which are summarised below:

Part 1 - School inspections and other inspections by school inspectors

This part of the Act sets out

Part 2 - School organisation

This part of the Act:

Part 3 - Training the school workforce

This part of the Act:

Part 4 - Miscellaneous

This part of the Act contains miscellaneous provisions which:

Part 5 - General

This part of the Act indicates those functions which may be exercised by the National Assembly for Wales in respect of Wales.

Section 125 - Commencement

The following orders have been made under section 125(4):

See also


  1. The citation of this Act by this short title is authorised by section 128(1) of this Act.
  2. The Education Act 2005, section 127

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