Learning and Skills Act 2000

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The Learning and Skills Act 2000
Long title An Act to establish the Learning and Skills Council for England and the National Council for Education and Training for Wales, to make other provision about education and training, and for connected purposes.
Chapter 2000 c.21
Dates
Royal Assent 28 July 2000
Status:
Text of statute as originally enacted
Official text of the Learning and Skills Act 2000 as in force today (including any amendments) within the United Kingdom, from the UK Statute Law Database

The Learning and Skills Act 2000 is an Act of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. It made changes in the funding and administration of further education, and of work-based learning (or apprenticeships) for young people, within England and Wales.

The main changes were:

  • establishment of the Learning and Skills Council (LSC), its duties to secure the provision of education and training for young people and adults, in England, and to encourage employers and individuals to participate, and the LSC's funding powers.
  • provisions for the appointment of governors in the further education sector.
  • other duties and powers of the LSC, including equal opportunities and the needs of people with learning difficulties, powers to provide information, advice and guidance services and a duty to publish its strategy and annual plans.
  • the establishment of local Learning and Skills Councils, including planning and consultation arrangements and the power of the Secretary of State to make directions to local education authorities in respect of adult and community learning provision.
  • creation of the LSC’s Young People’s and Adult Learning Committees.
  • creation of academies (originally known as "city academies"), publicly funded schools operating outside of local government control and with a significant degree of autonomy areas such as wages and digressing from the national curriculum.
  • powers for the Secretary of State to give directions to the LSC, to pay it its annual grant-in-aid and require the LSC to make an annual report.
  • similar arrangements for Wales.

The Act also established arrangements for Inspections of further education in England and Wales, and abolished the Further Education Funding Council for England.

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