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WorldSkills London 2011

WorldSkills London 2011 is expected to draw more than 150,000 visitors and 1,000 competitors from over 50 nations. They will be competing to be the best in the world in 45 skills, ranging from floristry to mobile robotics. This unique international competition is being staged at ExCeL London between the 5th and 8th of October.

Find out more from the World Skills London 2011 website or contact the team on 020 7429 2800.

Health and Safety Incident Reporting

A new Health and Safety reporting page is now available It has information for providers on reporting requirements following a health and safety incident involving a YPLA funded learner.

16-19 Bursary Fund

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The new 16-19 Bursary Fund scheme will help 16- to 19-year-olds continue in full-time education, where they might otherwise struggle for financial reasons.

It is made up of two parts - a bursary of £1,200 a year to the most vulnerable young people and a discretionary fund for schools and colleges to distribute.

For more information, including a guide for schools and colleges, see the 16-19 Bursary Fund page.

Understanding the Learning Landscape

A report called Understanding the Learning Landscape has been published for each local authority area in England.

Two further reports: Achievement and Progression; and Participation of Young People will be published the end of June and July respectively.

Visit the Data and Analysis Reports section to access the reports.

Annual report and accounts

The YPLA annual report and accounts for 2010-11 are now available.

Annual plan

Our annual plan has been published and sets out our key objectives for the period 1st August 2011 to 31st July 2012.

The Learner Panel

The Learner Panel is an online facility which is managed by the YPLA and co-funded with the Skills Funding Agency and Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) to help the FE sector improve their access to learners for conducting quantitative and qualitative research. The panel is comprised of people aged 14+ enrolled at schools, colleges and training providers in England.

Find out more about the Learner Panel

Our regions

Our network of nine regional offices means that we are well placed to foster close working relationships with all our partners and provide a responsive, high quality service.

Championing Young People's Learning

The YPLA was launched in April 2010 with the mission of championing education and training for young people in England.

We do this by providing financial support to young learners, by funding Academies for all their provision and by supporting local authorities to commission suitable education and training opportunities for all 16-19 year olds.

Subject to the passage of legislation, the Education Funding Agency will take over responsibility from the YPLA on 1st April 2012 for the funding of young people's education and training, including the increasing number of Academies.

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Latest News

Academy Financial Management and Governance Evaluation (FMGE) returns

All academies are required to complete a Financial Management and Governance Evaluation (FMGE) return for submission to the YPLA annually. We have issued updated templates for submission during the 2011/12 academic year. Guidance, templates and the submission deadlines can all be found on the Financial Management and Governance area of the website.

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Academies Accounts Direction 2010/11: Updated guidance on the Abbreviated Accounts Return

We have issued an update to the Accounts Direction 2010/11, which is Chapter 4 – The Abbreviated Accounts Return. The chapter includes the format of the return and guidance notes for completion. The return is much simpler and shorter than the detailed income and expenditure account, which Academies were required to complete previously to support their statutory financial statements. It is applicable to Academies preparing financial statements for 2010/11 and should be submitted by 31 December 2011.

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16-19 Funding Formula Review Consultation

Today the YPLA and Department for Education has launched a 12 week consultation www.education.gov.uk/consultations on the 16-19 Funding Formula Review. The review aims to introduce a simpler and more transparent methodology and support our goal of reducing the burden for providers and making funding readily understood by learners as well.

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