The information authority was set up in October 2006 to set data standards and govern data collection and use for further education and training provision in England.
We have a decision-making board headed by an independent chair and made up of senior representatives from across the education and training system. This is supported by a small, operational secretariat.
We work with the independent Data Service, which has been established to collect, handle and disseminate information across further education and training, to improve the quality and use of data, reduce bureaucracy and increase accountability to users and sponsors.
Our creation supported recommendations contained in the government white paper ‘Raising Skills, Improving Life Chances’ (pub: 2006) and in the Foster Report (pub: 2005).