Clause 99

Part of – in a Public Bill Committee at 11:45 am on 24th March 2009.

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Photo of Siôn Simon Siôn Simon Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills 11:45 am, 24th March 2009

I do not know whether to deal first with the amendment or with the concerns of hon. Members, which do not seem to be exactly the same.

Amendment 136 would place a duty on the chief executive to consult specified organisations when adopting or developing schemes for the performance assessment of training or education providers that fall within his remit. It is similar to amendment 135 in respect of the YPLA, which we debated last Tuesday.

We share two of the concerns. First, we must ensure that the interests of certain bodies are considered when adopting or developing performance assessment schemes. That is essential in ensuring that learning providers are treated fairly and encouraged to take responsibility for self-assessment and improvement. Secondly, we must encourage the YPLA, the SFA and others to work together to develop a co-ordinated approach to performance assessment that keeps the burdens on colleges and other providers to a minimum. All of that is already happening, as is joint working.

In the “Raising ExpectationsWhite Paper, we committed to a single tool for the assessment of all post-16 providers.