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Education and Skills Act 2008

Type of Bill:
Government Bill
Ed Balls
Department for Children, Schools and Families
Lord Adonis
Department for 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

Last event

Act of Parliament

House Act Date
Commons Lords Amendment to the Bill - pdf version (PDF, 280KB) 12.11.2008

Summary of the Education and Skills Act 2008

The Bill introduces a requirement to remain in education or training beyond the current statutory leaving age, and implements the recommendations of the Leitch Review on adult skills.

The Bill contains measures to encourage more young people to participate in learning post-16 and to achieve higher levels of skill and qualification. The Government proposals go beyond the current aspiration so that by 2013, all 17 year olds, and by 2015, all 18 year olds, are participating in some form of education or training.

Key areas

  • Raises the age young people stay in education or training, with a duty on young people to participate and on parents to assist their children to participate
  • Sets out duties on employers to release young people for the equivalent of one day a week to undertake training elsewhere (where the employer does not provide their own training)
  • Introduces a duty on local authorities to ensure that young people participate and to provide the support service currently known as Connexions
  • Requires local authorities to assess the education and training needs of young people aged 16-19 with special educational needs
  • Requires the Learning and Skills Council to secure the proper provision of courses for learners over the age of 19.

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