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Raising Expectations: Staying in education and training post-16

Read Skill's response on whether compulsory participations should be raised to age 18 and the issues surrounding this.

School, early years and 14-16 funding 2008-11

Read Skill's brief response on funding issues for disabled young people age 14-16 and how these impact post-16.

A selection of Skill policy articles - most recent first

Office of Disability Issues - Equality for disabled people, how will we know we are making progress?

Read Skill's response.

[Date added May 2007]

DfES Consultation on the Skills Strategy Equality Impact assessment

Read Skill's response

Quality Standards for Young People’s Information, Advice and Guidance (IAG)

Skill welcomes the provision of quality standards, linked to a quality award system of accreditation, for the effective provision of information, advice and guidance to young people. However, the quality standards should go further in clarifying the entitlement of disabled young people, the value placed upon relationships and in building trust and the roles of providers and commissioners.

Read the full response to the IAG quality standards

Disability Rights Commission consultation: draft form for standardised monitoring on disability

Read Skill's response

Welfare Reform Green Paper

Read Skills response here.

[Posted 18th May 2006]

QCA – Functional Skills in English, mathematics and ICT

Skill's response to the QCA’s consultation on the development and implementation of functional skills in English, Maths and ICT.

Read Skill's response

[Posted 18th May 2006]

Disability Rights Commission Consultation: Definition of Disability

Read Skill's response to the DRC’s consultation on the definition of disability in the DDA here.

[Posted 18th May 2006]

Consultation on the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 (Amendment)(Further and Higher Education) Regulations 2006

Read Skill's response here.

[Posted 31st January 2006]

Nursing and Midwifery Council - fitness to practice

The NMC have reviewed their criteria for assessing fitness to practice at the point of registration. This does not change fitness to practise criteria, but does discuss different ways to ensure fitness to practice for new nurses and midwives, eg through developing essential skills clusters and using mentors. You can read our response to the consultation here.

[Posted 23rd January 2006]

A Single Inspectorate for Children and Learners

The DfES has consulted on proposals for an enlarged Ofsted, which would be a single inspectorate for children and learners. This would incorporate the childor learner-related work of the current Commission for Social Care Inspection and the Children and Families Court Advisory and Support Service. It may also include the Adult Learning Inspectorate. The inspectorate is intended to be operational from April 2007.

You can read Skill's response here

Single Inspectorate.doc

Youth Green Paper

The DfES have put forward proposals for reforming young people's services, building on Every Child Matters. Youth Matters, the youth green paper, sets out proposals for improving things to do and places to go, information advice and guidance, and targeted support.

You can read Skill's response here

Youthmatters letter.doc

DRC Disability Debate

The Disability Rights Commission has launched a 'disability debate' to help shape the future of equality, and hopefully the work of the forthcoming Commission for Equality and Human Rights. Skill put forward our priorities for the DRC.

You can read our submission here

DRC Disability Debate.doc

Independence, well being and choice – the future of adult social care in England

The Department of Health published a green paper that discusses how social care should work for adults in the future. It included proposals to develop direct payments and introduce individual budgets. Skill was disappointed that there was not more discussion about the role that education has in the delivery of social care.

You can read our full response here:


[Posted 18th October 2005]

Skill response to draft codes for the Disability Equality Duty

The Disability Equality Duty places new duties on public authorities to promote equality of opportunity for disabled people. Further and higher education institutions will also be covered by a specific duty, and will be required to produce a Disability Equality Scheme.

Skill has provided comments on the draft codes of practice for the Disability Equality Duty, which were produced by the DRC. The final codes are expected to be published in early 2006, to give public authorities time to implement the duties for December 2006.

There is also likely to be separate guidance for further and higher education institutions. The draft codes of practice are available on the DRC website, Skill's response to the draft codes is available here.

Compact Code of Practice on Volunteering

The NCVO has published a draft Compact Code of Practice on Volunteering, which Skill responded to. Skill recommended that there be more mention of the involvement of disabled volunteers. You can read our full response here.

[Posted 7th May 2005]

Investing in Skills: Taking forward the Skills Strategy

The Learning and Skills Council published a consultation response about fees, funding and learner support in further education. You can read Skill's response here.

[Posted 7th May 2005]

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