Highlights of the week ending 25 March

This week the Skills and Post-16 Education Bill returned to the Lords. When the Commons, the Government were able to overturn amendments made by Peers, namely a four-year funding removal delay to those qualifications deemed to overlap with T Levels. Once again, the Lords defeated the Government, this time voting through an amendment that would see a three-year delay to the removal of funding, with a fourth should there be no employer consultation on the decision). The Bill makes its way back to the Commons on Monday for MPs to consider the change. The Lords accepted a Government proposal to increase the number of careers advice interactions. We await to see the response to the latest Lords’ amendment relating to the defunding of qualifications and whether there is scope for compromise, as there was on careers advice.