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Apprenticeships, Skills, Children and Learning Act 2009

Type of Bill:
Government Bill
Sponsors:
Ed Balls
Department Children, Schools and Families
Baroness Morgan of Drefelin
Department Children, Schools and Families

Progress of the Bill

Bill started in the House of Commons

  1. House of Commons
    1. 1st reading
    2. 2nd reading
    3. Committee stage
    4. Report stage
    5. 3rd reading
  2. House of Lords
    1. 1st reading
    2. 2nd reading
    3. Committee stage
    4. Report stage
    5. 3rd reading
  3. Consideration of Amendments
  4. Royal Assent

Act of Parliament

House Act Date
Apprenticeships, Skills, Children and Learning Act 2009 | PDF version, 1015KB 20.11.2009

Latest news on the Apprenticeships, Skills, Children and Learning Act 2009

Following agreement by both Houses on the text of the Bill it received Royal Assent on 12 November.

The Bill is now an Act of Parliament (law).

Summary of the Apprenticeships, Skills, Children and Learning Act 2009

The Bill introduces a wide range of measures covering apprenticeships, learning and skills and educational provision.

Key areas

  • 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.

 

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