The Bill introduces a wide range of measures covering apprenticeships, learning and skills and educational provision.
- Provides for a statutory framework for apprenticeships and creates a right to an apprenticeship for suitably qualified 16-18 year olds
- Introduces a right for employees to request time away from their duties to undertake training, and places a corresponding duty on employers to consider such requests seriously and to be able to refuse them only for specified business reasons
- Dissolves the Learning and Skills Council
- Transfers the responsibility for funding education and training for 16-18-year-olds to local authorities
- Makes provisions with respect to the education of offenders
- Creates the Young Person’s Learning Agency, the Skills Funding Agency, a new regulatory body for qualifications (Ofqual), and a new agency to carry out the non-regulatory functions currently performed by the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority
- Strengthens the accountability of children’s services
- Amends intervention powers in respect of schools which are causing concern
- Establishes a new parental complaints service
- Changes the school inspection arrangements
- Creates a new negotiating body for pay and conditions for school support staff
- Makes provisions in respect of pupil and student behaviour.