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What is the Young People’s Learning Agency (YPLA)?

The Apprentices, Skills, Learning and Children Act 2009 passed into legislation on 12 November 2009 and has established the YPLA as a Non-Departmental Public Body (NDPB) with funding responsibilities for education and training provision for young people aged 16-19 and for 19-25 year olds assessed for a learning difficulty and/or disability and for young people in custody5.

The YPLA will:

  • produce a National Statement of Priorities based on data covering participation, attainment and economic development to guide investment

  • oversee a budget of £7 billion being transferred to local authorities for the purpose of commissioning education and training for young people

  • give strategic analytical support to the planning and commissioning process

  • support the 14-19 Regional Planning Groups (RPGs) in aligning regional with

national plans

  • support local authorities in meeting their new responsibilities of commissioning learning and training for 0-19s, plus the support and guidance services needed to access these opportunities

  • encourage collaboration between and clustering of local authorities to develop strategic approaches to provision within the travel to learn area

  • check local authority plans for compliance with the concept of 14-19 entitlement

  • take over responsibility for all open academies from the Department of Children,

Schools and Families (DCSF)

  • have dedicated third sector staff and maintain a third sector section on their


5 Commissioning and Funding 16-19 Education and Training April 2010 to March 2011 (November 2009) React/LGA.

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