Clause 11 - Information sharing in relation to technical education qualifications

Part of Skills and Post-16 Education Bill [Lords] – in a Public Bill Committee at 4:15 pm on 2 December 2021.

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Photo of Alex Burghart Alex Burghart The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education 4:15, 2 December 2021

The clause supports a critical aspect of the joint working needed to ensure that the whole technical education system works together to deliver the skills that employers need. It does so by ensuring that Ofqual can exchange information with the other bodies that have important roles in this framework. Under existing legislation, the institute can exchange information with other bodies to support its own functions and those of the other body involved. At present, similar powers do not apply to Ofqual. Ofqual’s explicit information-sharing power allows it to share information only with other qualifications regulators in the UK to enable or facilitate the performance of the qualifications functions of that regulator. There is no explicit function allowing it to share information to support the functions of other types of bodies.