Catalogue description Department for Education and Employment: Lifelong Learning Directorate, Learning Partnerships Team: Learning Partnerships Dataset

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Title: Department for Education and Employment: Lifelong Learning Directorate, Learning Partnerships Team: Learning Partnerships Dataset

This dataset contains information on the 101 Learning Partnerships set up across England. It includes data on structure, membership, links with other bodies, key activities and funding.

Learning Partnerships are non-statutory, voluntary groupings of local learning providers (ranging from voluntary sector to Higher Education Institutes) and others such as local education authorities, Connexions/Careers Service, trade unions, employers and faith groups.

The datasets in this series are available to download. Links to individual datasets can be found at piece level.

Date: 1999-2003

Hardware: Originally held on Dell Optiplex Gx110.

Operating System: Microsoft Windows, version unknown

Application Software: Developed in Lotus Approach 97

User Interface: On-screen forms. Examples of the forms have been reproduced and can be seen via the Dataset Documentation Catalogue.

Logical structure and schema: The dataset derived from the Learning Partnerships database comprises a single table containing one record for each of the 101 Learning Partnerships.

How data was originally captured and validated: Data was supplied to the Learning Partnerships Team on a Management Information (MI) form. After inputting, data from 10% of the forms were checked for accuracy by another member of staff.

Related material:

Documents relating to the Learning Partnerships dataset were transferred with the dataset and can be consulted via the Dataset Documentation. In addition there is an associated web site which has also been selected for permanent preservation by TNA. A snapshot of the website was taken by NDAD on 4 September 2002.

Held by: The National Archives, Kew
Former reference in The National Archives: CRDA/53
Legal status: Public Record(s)
Language: English

Department for Education and Employment, 1995-2001

Department for Education and Skills, 2001-2007

Physical description: 2 datasets and documentation
Restrictions on use: The Learning Partnerships dataset and related dataset documentation are subject to Crown Copyright; copies may be made for private study and research purposes only. Registered under the Data Protection Act.
Access conditions: Open
Immediate source of acquisition:

In 2010 the United Kingdom National Digital Archive of Datasets

Custodial history: The Learning Partnerships Dataset was inherited by the Department for Education and Skills in 2001. The dataset was then transferred to the United Kingdom National Digital Archive of Datasets (NDAD). They held the dataset until 2010 when it was transferred to The National Archives (TNA).
Selection and destruction information: Complete dataset selected with associated web site.
Accruals: This series is not accruing.
Unpublished finding aids:

Extent of documentation: 7 documents, Dates of creation of documentation: 2001-2003

Administrative / biographical background:

The Learning Partnerships dataset contains information collected by the Department for Education and Skills (DfES) on the network of 101 Learning Partnerships established in England in 1999. Learning Partnerships were established by order of the Secretary of State for Education in 1999. The dataset is derived from a database maintained by DfES which was used to record management information about each of the Learning Partnerships. This included contact information and details of the membership, activities, structure and funding of each Learning Partnership.

Learning Partnerships were established in order to provide a single strategic body in each local education authority area that would bring together all the existing local arrangements covering post 16 education and lifelong learning. The intention to introduce local strategic partnerships to develop new approaches for the education and training of young people and adults was an aim of the incoming Labour government in 1997. Moves to widen participation in education by those over the age of 16, increase attainment and raise standards were goals set out in the Labour Party's"Road to the Manifesto" document, Lifelong Learning and the Government's Learning Age Green Paper. The Learning Partnerships' remit was described formally in the Lifelong Learning Partnerships Remit issued in January 1999. The aim of the partnerships was to develop a coherent learning provision to meet the needs of young people and adults and the skill requirements of employers. They supported action to widen participation in post 16 education and training, increase attainment and raise standards. Their work included providing guidance on careers advice and development and initiating work on basic skills.

DfES guidelines for Learning Partnerships indicate that they have three key roles:

  • Delivering greater provider collaboration on the range of provision, its delivery and its standards so that learning becomes more coherent, relevant and accessible to local people and employers.
  • Enabling providers to work collectively, with users, to identify local learner, community and employer needs and to respond to them through their own actions and by influencing local Learning and Skills Councils (LSC).
  • Ensuring that effective mechanisms are in place to provide feedback on the quality and accessibility of learning to providers and the LSC from both young people and adults, especially through learner forums.

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