Clause 5 - Institutions in England within the further education sector: local needs

Part of Skills and Post-16 Education Bill [Lords] – in a Public Bill Committee at 12:00 pm on 2nd December 2021.

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Photo of Toby Perkins Toby Perkins Shadow Minister (Education) 12:00 pm, 2nd December 2021

Clause 5 sets out the duty for institutions such as colleges to review provision in relation to local needs. The review must be published on the institution’s website and must be conducted in line with the Secretary of State’s guidance. The Opposition do not propose to divide the Committee on the clause. I am grateful to hear from the Minister specific mention of special needs. He will be aware that we are very concerned that that area should be reflected in local skills improvement plans, so I appreciate his reference to it. It is important to ensure that the review takes into account local circumstances and has the broadest possible base. We support the clause.