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An innovative proposal under the Power to Innovate can be submitted from:
If the application is agreed, a time-limited order of up to three years - with a possible one off extension of a further three years - is made to allow the trial to proceed.
There are no preconceptions about the kind of ideas that could be supported, however all applicants for the Power to Innovate will need to:
Innovative ideas may not always be successful but they may teach valuable lessons that could inform future practice.
Power to Innovate can only apply to education legislation.
School applicants should be aware that past experience has made it clear that applications seeking to reduce contact hours between teachers and pupils are rarely agreed. Proposals need clearly to demonstrate what benefits - in terms of raising educational standards - they would deliver, to outweigh the loss of teaching time.
Proposals looking to avoid Standard Assessment Tests (SATs) are unlikely to succeed as it is difficult to argue that these could contribute to raising educational standards.
There is provision in the Education Act 2002 for a 'curriculum experiments power' which should be used by schools who seek disapplication of the curriculum.
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