Key changes to education and skills for young people: the 14-19 reform
The 14-19 Entitlement means that by 2013 every young person will have an entitlement to choose any one of the 14 new diplomas. These are qualifications that will combine practical skill development with theoretical and technical understanding and knowledge. They will offer all young people different ways of learning and a route into higher education and employment.
From April 2010 local authorities will control budgets for commissioning education and training and will need to show that plans are in place to secure places for each young person aged 16-18 and for learners with learning difficulties and/or disabilities (LLDD) up to the age of 25.
As part of the 14-19 reform, legislated by the Education and Skills Act 2008, the minimum age of participation in education or training will rise to 17 in 2013 and to 18 by 2015, or until a Level 3 qualification is achieved, whichever is the soonest.
All of the above will aim to put the needs of children and young people first and to deliver the aims of Every Child Matters. Local authorities will need to access accurate market intelligence to forecast and commission an appropriate quantity, quality and diversity of training places sufficient to meet the needs of 16-18s in their area.
The huge impact on regional and local structures and spending is recognised by DCSF, which has funded a small task and finish unit known as React within the Local Government Association (LGA). Together with the LGA regional networks services and the Association of Directors of Children‘s Services (ADCS), React will provide support to local authorities and liaise with public, private and third sector stakeholders.
React and the LSC have been working with TSNLA and the LGA to produce a protocol on future working arrangements post April 20102. The purpose of the protocol is to supplement local compact documents where appropriate and to serve as a reminder of the key part the third sector can play in delivering the 14 – 19 agenda successfully.
According to guidance published by DCSF, ―it is essential that the Partnership has a fully inclusive membership. Partnerships draw their membership from the local authority, LSC (until 2010), IAG providers, secondary schools, colleges, work-based
Download the protocol at http://www.lga.gov.uk/lga/core/page.do?pageId=4045612
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