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Local authorities

Advanced apprentice Richard BlandIn July 2010 the Secretary of State for Education announced changes to 16 - 19 education and training aimed at streamlining and simplifying the funding and allocations system.

The new system will see the YPLA directly funding 16 - 19 provision in FE colleges, sixth form colleges and independent providers, allowing local authorities to focus on their role as  champions of young people's learning and giving them more opportunity to fulfill their responsibility to meet the needs of their local community and identify gaps in provision. At the same time, it will allow providers greater freedom in the design of their curriculums.

The YPLA will continue to support local authorities in their strategic role and work closely with all concerned to make sure that the new arrangements are introduced seamlessly. There will be a consultation later in the year - and we will be keeping colleagues and partners up-to-date will developments along the way.

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