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Apprenticeships, Skills, Children and Learning Act 2009

Section 48: Provision of education for persons subject to youth detention

120.This section inserts a new section 18A into the Education Act 1996.

121.New section 18A will have the effect that local education authorities in England and Wales (LEAs) with relevant youth accommodation in their area (“host authorities”) will be required to secure that enough suitable education and training is provided to meet the reasonable needs of the children and young people in the youth justice system who are held in those establishments.

122.“Relevant youth accommodation” is defined in section 562(1A) of the Education Act 1996 (as inserted by section 49) and covers most kinds of youth detention accommodation. (“Youth detention accommodation” is defined, in turn, in section 107 of the Powers of Criminal Courts (Sentencing) Act 2000 as a young offender institution, secure training centre and accommodation provided by or on behalf of a local education authority (or the Secretary of State under section 82(5) of the Children Act 1989) for the purpose of restricting the liberty of children and young persons, with power for the Secretary of State under section 107(1)(e) of the Powers of Criminal Courts (Sentencing) Act 2000 to specify other accommodation by order.) However, “relevant youth accommodation” does not include Young Offender Institutions (YOIs) accommodating 18-20 year olds.

123.LEAs will not therefore be responsible for securing the provision of education in YOIs accommodating 18-20 year olds. In England this will be the responsibility of the Chief Executive of Skills Funding under section 86. In Wales this will remain the responsibility of the Welsh Ministers under section 32 of the Learning and Skills Act 2000.

124.Subsection (2) requires LEAs when securing the provision of education and training in relevant youth accommodation to have regard to any special educational needs or learning difficulties persons have, to the desirability of continuing with any courses started, to the core and additional entitlements being satisfied and to the relevant national curriculum.

125.Local education authorities will be required to have regard to guidance issued by the Secretary of State for England and the Welsh Ministers for Wales when exercising their functions under this provision.

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