1.2 Explain the Characteristics of the Different Types of Schools in Relation to Education Stage(S) and School Governance. Essay

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All children in England between the ages of 5 and 16 are entitled to a free place at a state school. There are six different categories of schools. These are: 1. Community Schools Community schools are run by the local authority, which employs school staff, owns the land and buildings, and sets the entrance criteria (such as catchment area) that decide which children are eligible for a place). The local authority has primary responsibility for admissions. 2. Voluntary Aided Schools (Faith Schools) Voluntary aided schools can be different kinds of schools e.g. Faith schools, free schools, academies etc. but they are often associated with a particular religion. Faith schools are mostly run like other state schools. They are partly funded by the governing body, local authority and charities. They have to follow the national curriculum except for religious studies, where they are free to only teach about their own religion. They may have strict admissions criteria and staffing policies may be different too, although anyone can apply for a place. 3. Academy Schools Academies are publicly-funded independent schools. They get money direct from the government to the governors and not the local authority. They’re run by a governing body which employs the staff. Some academies also get funding from sponsors from business, faith or voluntary groups. Academies don’t have to follow the national curriculum and can set their own term times and school hours. They still have to follow the same rules on admissions, special educational needs and exclusions as other state schools. 4. University Technical Colleges University Technical Colleges specialise in subjects like engineering and construction - and teach these subjects along with business skills and using IT. Pupils study academic subjects as well as practical subjects leading to technical qualifications.

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