Memorandum of understanding between DfE and combined authorities, for the transition period before adult education functions are devolved.


Devolution of adult education functions: the transition year - Memorandum of understanding

Ref: DFE-00235-2018PDF, 261KB, 15 pages


From the 2019 to 2020 academic year, some adult education functions of the Secretary of State will be transferred to specified combined authorities.

The 6 combined authorities are:

  • Cambridgeshire and Peterborough
  • Greater Manchester
  • Liverpool City Region
  • Tees Valley
  • West Midlands
  • West of England

DfE and the combined authorities have agreed arrangements to work together for the transition period, they are set out in this Memorandum of understanding (MoU).

It includes:

  • a set of principles
  • what the combined authorities and DfE must do
  • how the MoU will be managed to support a smooth transition

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