Private Schools Conditional Integration Act 1975

Appointments to special positions relating to character of school

65 Religious instruction

(1)

Subject to the provisions of this section, where religious instruction forms part of the special character of any integrated school,—

(a)

if so provided by the terms of the integration agreement, an advertisement for the position of principal of that school shall state that a willingness and ability to take part in religious instruction appropriate to that school shall be a condition of appointment:

(b)

if so provided by the terms of the integration agreement, the controlling authority of that school shall designate a position at that school as Director of Religious Studies, and shall state in any advertisement for that position that a willingness and ability to take part in religious instruction appropriate to that school shall be a condition of appointment. A Director of Religious Studies shall be a member of the normal staffing entitlement of the school, as established by regulations made under the Education Act 1964, and shall carry out such teaching duties, if any, as may be provided for in the integration agreement:

(c)

the controlling authority shall designate such other proportion of teaching positions in that school as may be provided for in the integration agreement as positions of importance carrying a responsibility for religious instruction, and shall state in advertisements for the positions that willingness and ability to take part in religious instruction appropriate to that school shall be a condition of appointment:

(d)

if—

(i)

that school is a primary school; and

(ii)

the person holding the position of deputy principal of that school or a position of assistant principal at that school has responsibility for supervising the junior classes at that school; and

(iii)

it is so provided by the terms of the integration agreement of that school,—

the controlling authority of that school shall state in any advertisement for that position that a willingness and ability to take part in religious instruction appropriate to that school shall be a condition of appointment.

(2)

Where, in accordance with paragraphs (a), (b), (c), and (d) of subsection (1), an advertisement for a position states a requirement that willingness and ability to take part in religious instruction shall be a condition of appointment, any person appointed to that position shall accept that requirement as a condition of his appointment.

(3)

Except as provided in subsection (1), the appointment of a teacher to a position in an integrated school shall not be conditional on the willingness and ability of that teacher to take part in religious instruction, and no such teacher shall be required so to take part.

Section 65(1)(d): replaced, on 15 August 1986, by section 3 of the Private Schools Conditional Integration Amendment Act 1986 (1986 No 11).