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Transforming Education and Training Provision in Wales

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The guidance sets out the content and requirements of the Collaboration Arrangements (Maintained Schools and Further Education Bodies) (Wales) Regulations which came into force on 31 December 2008.

The Transformation policy required all learning providers to support the policy by planning and implementing change to secure significant improvements to learning delivery.

The policy and framework for post-16 reconfiguration, Transforming Education and Training Provision in Wales, was launched in September 2008.

The policy challenged all schools, colleges, universities and work-based training providers to set aside traditional, narrow, institutional arrangements and plan provision collectively across a geographic area. In this way they would be able to directly remove duplicate learning programmes and direct more funding to teaching and learning and learner support. This would provide more and better learning opportunities for all young people and adults.

In Wales, the evidence showed that no one specific collaboration or reconfiguration model could deliver the transformation of post-16 education and training provision. Consequently, the policy was not prescriptive in its approach to change. It called upon providers of post-16 education to form partnerships across geographic areas or skill sectors and develop local/regional solutions based on evidence of need.

In November 2009, "Transformation - Y Siwrnai" was published. This document reported back on the progress made on post-16 transformational change one year on from the launch of the Transformation policy and detailed ‘y siwrnai’/’the journey’ that stakeholders had taken to implement the post-16 phase of the Transformation policy. It also highlighted the intention to extend the Transformation policy to cover all phases of education and training.

DfES continues to work with stakeholders on the development and implementation of effective plans for change. These fall into four models: Further education/maintained secondary school collaboration; unification of all Post-16 Learning provision in an area; Further Education Institution mergers and Local Authority area re-organisation.

Implementation of the policy has resulted in significant benefits for learners with a firm focus on improved skill levels for all young people and adults.