The responsibilities for planning, commissioning and funding of 16-18 provision will transfer to local authorities from 2010-11. The proposals for how the new system will operate are set on in the White Paper ‘Raising Expectations; enabling the system to deliver’ which is currently out for consultation until the 9 June. These proposals will play a critical role in helping to deliver our ambition to increase the participation age to 18 by 2015 and delivering the full range of entitlements to Diplomas, Apprenticeships and the Foundation Learning Tier. Local authorities are in the best place to lead the implementation of the new participation age locally. They are already responsible for schools and are taking responsibility for advising young people.
We are now proposing to give them new responsibilities to ensure that there is the right range of provision in place for young people to continue in education or training until age 19. In doing so, we are making sure that they have the ability to deliver in full the new curriculum and qualifications entitlement for young people, and to raise standards.