Young People's Education and Skills Policy Updates

Since its formation, the Young People's Education and Skills Board has received Policy Updates that cover national and regional policies, research and other developments affecting the education and training of 16 to 18 year-olds in London. During the Covid-19 pandemic, these were published separately and distributed to a wider audience including leading councillors, borough officers and other partners and stakeholders.

Originally intended as an asset at a time when meetings were not taking place, we have continued to provide the Board’s Policy Updates on this expanded circulation even though meetings have resumed as readers have told us that they are a valued stimulus to discussion and there remained a degree of uncertainty about the response to Covid-19.

As restrictions have eased further and face-to-face meetings are starting to take place again, we have modified the format and content of our Policy Updates to better serve our Board members and other readers.

The Updates we provided during 2020 can be found here and the Updates we have prodcued since the start of 2021 can be found to the right of this page, including the revised format that took effect from October 2021.

The Policy Updates do not seek to summarise or further explain the government’s general guidance on Covid-19 or the specific guidance from the Department for Education (DfE) but consider some of the main effects on different aspects of the education and skills sector in London.


In addition to our Policy Updates, you may wish to check the following:

  • The House of Commons Library, though primarily aimed at Members of Parliament, produces briefing papers that bring together research, data and opinions about various aspects of the country’s response to Covid-19 and government policies
  • The Local Authority Interactive Tool (LAIT) produced by the DfE, is an interactive spreadsheet comparing data about children and young people across all local authorities in England and has also been updated with the latest published data.
  • The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has published a wide variety of data and analysis across various themes and topics on a dedicated Covid-19 web page. It has introduced surveys, developed insight, used new data sources and published cross-cutting analysis in response to demands for high quality, trustworthy and up-to-date statistics throughout the pandemic, while maintaining and developing existing statistics to assess the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. It has launched a web page that brings together information on the pandemic by theme, from which individual reports can be downloaded. Each theme provides an overall narrative on the subject matter based on what has been published to date and provides links to more detailed data and analysis along with the relevant contact points.
  • Data specific to London is published monthly by Greater London Authority (GLA) Economics
  • Intelligent London – London’s principal tool for analysing data about 16 to 18 education and skills - is also updated frequently with the latest available data.


To provide feedback, suggest content for future issues of our Policy updates, or give ideas for improvement, please contact [email protected].  

To request a fully accessible version of these Policy Updates, please contact [email protected]