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The YPLA will lead on the implementation of the National Planning and Commissioning Framework (NCF)6 from 2011 to enable consistent, coherent commissioning and procurement by local authorities. Where local authorities fail to deliver sufficiently wide-ranging, high quality learning opportunities sourced from a diverse pool of providers, the YPLA will have the power to intervene.

The National Commissioning Framework will be discussed in more detail within a separate Briefing Paper in this series. The draft NCF document is currently out for consultation and can be downloaded from the DCSF website.7

As an extension to this series of Briefing Papers, the LSC has commissioned a Toolkit from TSNLA to help local authorities responsible for procuring learning and skills to grasp a full and complete picture of the third sector providers as well as a prospectus of what could be delivered by the sector. The toolkit will be available as a download from the TSNLA website by March 2010.

Goodbye Learning and Skills Council, hello YPLA?

The YPLA intends to build on existing resources, not start from scratch. Approximately 500 staff will transfer from the LSC to YPLA, bringing tried and tested management and systems with them. The YPLA will adapt the LSC‘s good practice where possible. For example, LSC policies and guidance relating to children and young people are currently under review to ensure fitness for purpose.

6 DSCF is currently consulting on the National Commissioning Framework until 5:00pm 05/02/2010. http://publications.dcsf.gov.uk/default.aspx?PageFunction=productdetails&PageMo 7


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