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

I will make some progress. The clause tackles that limitation by providing Ofqual with information-sharing powers in relation to technical education qualifications that correspond with those that already apply to the institute. Specifically, the clause enables each organisation to share information either to support its own functions, or to help other bodies in their own roles. For example, it would allow Ofqual to share information that it already gathers from awarding body organisations with other bodies, such as the institute, to avoid other bodies needing to duplicate data-gathering exercises. That approach of “collect once, use multiple times” would help reduce administrative load. Hopefully, that answers the question that the hon. Member for Chesterfield asked.

The clause plays an important role in supporting coherent, efficient joint working between Ofqual and other relevant bodies, and will help to secure high quality across the technical education system as a whole.