Regional Planning Group 14-19 Leads Conference 10 December 2010 Notes from Q&A following the YPLA presentation on the statutory guidance for 2011/12 Schools Success Rates - Colleagues queried the resources that will be made available by the YPLA to continue to conduct the success rate exercise in schools again. - 160 business cases were raised across London. There was national moderation to ensure consistency. Revised figures will be provided to schools in January. - Revised data will NOT be published. Education Business Partnership funding - Will further funding be made available? There will be a funding announcement due end of December; there will also be information on Young Apprenticeships funding. Provision/Providers - As the statutory guidance will be at a higher level does this that mean there will be fewer statutory requirements to enable new provision? The process for new providers to access YPLA funding has yet to be determined. - Small providers are at significant risk; what are the options? More federated working is likely to be needed in the short to medium term to protect provision. - It was noted that the impact of the withdrawal of EMA is likely to be very significant for private providers, who often support vulnerable learners. - It was noted that smaller independent providers that deliver alternative provision will be the least able to take risks in a lagged learner numbers system. - The tension between two different emerging policies - a bigger market (more and more varied providers) versus large contracts (the Skills Funding Agency has signalled an increase in minimum contract values –was noted. 2011/12 Process - e a ’ l L re n mb r t e ns ib d ‘ an r u e s tme t wl ema e available in the last week of January. - Local authorities retain statutory responsibility for securing sufficient provision. - There are likely to be very few exceptions to the lagged learner numbers approach. - It was noted by a number of boroughs that planning meetings are continuing but there were issues about an appropriate agenda. The schools success rate issue had provided a good opportunity to discuss a range of matters with some schools. - Will the lagged learner numbers approach create over-supply? Will local authorities have any influence over failing academies? Will the lagged learner numbers approach force diminishing provision out of the market? Local authorities area seen as enablers, required to retain a focus on the key strategic issues on the borough and influence provision accordingly. - l l h r in t e n ‘a n d rwh. T eewl o b a yp n e go t’ - The remit of 14-19 partnerships needs to be revised to take on a greater influencing and shaping role. Increasing opportunities for Apprenticeships should remain a key part of the agenda. Local authorities to lead the system with all local providers, who are responsible for shaping the system through appropriate curriculum change that meets the needs of young people and enables transition across the various phases of education. - Provider relationships should be more targeted with involvement from local authorities in inverse proportion to success.
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