Children and Young People Now, Aug. 10th-23rd 2010, p. 12
Following a shake up just before the 2010 general election, the new coalition government is changing the system for 16 to 19 learning again. In April 2010 the Learning and Skills Council was abolished and responsibility for the education and training of children and young people up to the age of 19 was transferred to local authorities, supported by the Young People's Learning Agency (YPLA). Under the coalition government's plans, the YPLA, not local authorities, will fund student places at further education colleges and training providers and funding will follow the young person, with popular settings receiving more money. The government is also removing the duty on local authorities to work together in regional groups to organise education provision for young people.
The Independent, August 2nd 2010, p. 12
Mary Curnock Cook, chief executive of the University and Colleges Admission Services (UCAS), has urged school leavers to abandon thoughts of securing a university place and to concentrate instead on taking up an apprenticeship.
(See also The Guardian, Aug. 20th 2010, p.1)