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Adult Education Contractual Obligations for Providers

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 11th March 2020.

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Photo of Caroline Pidgeon Caroline Pidgeon Liberal Democrat

You have stated that once contracts are granted to providers, they can deliver provision as they see fit based on your priorities and local need. Can you make clear whether, as a base, providers will have to provide the three statutory entitlements to learners, and if this is not the case how will you monitor providers to ensure there is full access to adult education opportunities in all localities across the capital?

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

Statutory entitlements relate to the full funding of learning for particular types of qualification, based on the profile of the learner. As such, there is no legal requirement for any individual provider to deliver every statutory qualification in all subjects. Rather, decisions are made according to demand and provider specialism. In line with the broader strategic aims, as set out in the Skills for Londoners Strategy and related documents, we will monitor delivery across the whole portfolio of AEB provision, not just the statutory entitlements, to ensure it is meeting Londoners’ needs and to identify and address any gaps.