ESFA Update: 16 December 2020

Latest information and actions from the Education and Skills Funding Agency for academies, schools, colleges, local authorities and further education providers.

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Christmas and New Year

This will be the last edition of ESFA Update for 2020. Season’s greetings to those celebrating the festive and new year period.

Items for further education

ArticleTitle
Actionhow to claim exceptional learning support (ELS) for 2020 to 2021
Informationreview of post-16 qualifications at level 3 and below in England – process for removing funding approval from qualifications with low and no enrolments
Informationextending Exam Support Service provision for apprenticeship FSQs
Informationprocurement opportunity launching for adult education budget (AEB) contracts for services
InformationFurther Education Capital Allocation
Informationupdate to the Integrated Financial Model for Colleges guidance
Informationupdate on the level of funding for the Level 3 adult offer
Informationupdate to the Charity Governance Code
Informationnew traineeships resources published
Your feedbacktraineeships insight survey for training providers and employers
InformationWorldSkills UK transfers winning formula with launch of Skills Development Hub

Items for academies

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Informationacademies land and buildings collection tool – the form is now live
Informationupdate to the academy revenue funding page on GOV.UK
Informationrisk protection arrangement – 2021 to 2022 price confirmation
Informationacademies finance directors’ forum – have your say

Items for local authorities

ArticleTitle
Actionhow to claim exceptional learning support (ELS) for 2020 to 2021
Informationrisk protection arrangement – 2021 to 2022 price confirmation
Informationprocurement opportunity launching for adult education budget (AEB) contracts for services
Informationupdate on the level of funding for the Level 3 adult offer

Published 16 December 2020

DWP Touchbase: 11 December 2020
December 15, 2020
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11 December 2020 Roundup of recent DWP announcements  
Update on the Lifetime Skills Guarantee 
As part of the Lifetime Skills Guarantee, from April 2021, adults without A-Levels or equivalent will be eligible to study for a free Level 3 qualification to help boost their job prospects and get ahead in work. There are almost 400 courses on offer including; construction, agriculture, digital and health and social care.   As an alternative, Skills Bootcamps offer flexible courses of just 12-16 weeks, giving people the opportunity to build up sector-specific skills and fast-track to an interview with a local employer. These are currently available in the West Midlands, Greater Manchester and Lancashire, the Liverpool City Region, the Leeds City Region, Heart of the Southwest, and Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire. People who live in one of these areas, can find out more on their local authority website. In 2021, the Skills Bootcamps will expand into new regions with more course subjects on offer. Find out more    
Personal Independence Payment form change 
On 11 January the Personal Independence Payment change of circumstances form PIP2(UI) (How your disability affects you) will be replaced with a new form called the AR1UI (How your disability affects you). The new form aligns the change of circumstances process with the award review process, providing a consistent approach when customers report changes in their needs. Our aim is to reduce the time it takes for customers to complete the form, so we have made it shorter, requiring them to provide less information Customers should continue to return any outstanding PIP2(UI) forms as directed in their letter. Further Information can be found here.    
New scheme to support vulnerable people 
The Government is inviting local organisations to form partnerships and bid for a share of the funding to better support those who experience multiple disadvantages including homelessness, substance misuse, mental health issues, domestic abuse, and contact with the criminal justice system. Find out more  
Advice on what the Brexit Transition will mean for benefits and State Pensions 
Check the living in guides for your host country for important information on benefits, pensions, passports, healthcare, driving licences and pets. They also give advice on how to register for the necessary residency status in each host country and how to register for updates on the Brexit transition. Please share this information via your channels.
ERSA and the Institute of Employability Professionals Announcement
December 14, 2020
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Last night (10th December 2020) the DWP’s Tier one CAEHRS Framework Providers received information relating to stage one of the ITT relating to the Restart Programme.
 
As we understand it, the full specification of the ITT will be shared in a virtual data room, expected to go live on Wednesday 16 December. Once we have this, both organisations will share with members and the wider sector.
 
Further information
The Restart Programme was announced on 25 November in the SR20 as part of a package of £3.7 billion additional funding allocated to support frontline services and to enable DWP to deliver on July’s Plan for Jobs to support people back into work. The Restart programme will provide intensive and tailored support to over 1 million unemployed people and help them find work in England and Wales, with approximately £400million investment in 2021-22. The first step in a £2.9 billion three-year programme.
 
The DWP’s CAEHRS Framework
 
ERSA will be facilitating market engagement information and networking activity to support the employability sector.

 We will be in touch with more information as soon as it is available.


Supplier security accreditation and assurances survey

DWP is looking to understand the current supplier security accreditation and assurances held via audit reports. This is to inform how it fits with the new DWP security policies and how we can future proof against more sophisticated security and cyber threats going forward.

The survey is now live, will remain open until Friday 8 January and should take no more than 5 minutes to complete. One response per organisation please. 

https://getinvolved.dwp.gov.uk/++preview++/03-finance/16a54076/ 

If you have issues completing the survey, please contact Katherine.harrison@dwp.gov.uk

ESFA Update: 9 December 2020

Latest information and actions from the Education and Skills Funding Agency for academies, schools, colleges, local authorities and further education providers.

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Items for further education

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Actionpost-16 contract variations – check for yours during December
Actionlaunch of DfE exam support service claims process
Informationcollege finance record
InformationNational Apprenticeship Week 2021 (NAW2021)
InformationNational Skills offer
Informationnewly devolved continuing learners within the adult education budget
InformationT Levels employer campaign – December 2020
Informationupdated provider data self-assessment toolkit
Informationremoving funding approval from digital skills qualifications: entry level and level 1
Informationremoving funding approval from qualifications with no publicly funded enrolments
Informationcolleges receiving emergency funding and insolvency solution funding
Informationqualification achievement rates
Informationreview of the eligible and ineligible costs of apprenticeship training

Items for academies

Actionpost-16 contract variations – check for yours during December
Actionlaunch of DfE exam support service claims process
Informationvirtual academies finance directors’ forum
Informationupdated model funding agreements
Informationupdated pupil premium allocations for 2020 to 2021
Informationschool resource management self-assessment tool
InformationNativity advice
Informationqualification achievement rates

Items for local authorities

Actionpost-16 contract variations – check for yours during December
Actioncomplete the dedicated schools grant (DSG) assurance statement for 2019 to 2020
Actionlaunch of DfE exam support service claims process
Informationupdated pupil premium allocations for 2020 to 2021
InformationNational Skills offer
Informationnewly devolved continuing learners within the adult education budget
Informationqualification achievement rates

Published 9 December 2020

ESFA Update: 2 December 2020

Latest information and actions from the Education and Skills Funding Agency for academies, schools, colleges, local authorities and further education providers.

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ESFA Update further education: 2 December 2020

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Items for further education
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Remindernew providers applying for the industry placements – Capacity and Delivery Fund (CDF) from the 2021 to 2022 academic year
ReminderR04 individualised learner record (ILR) data return
Informationfinance record for colleges
Informationupdated version of the college accounts direction
Informationupdate to the published high needs student and pupil numbers for 2019 to 2020
Remindercollege board reviews
Informationintroducing ‘Analyse FE Data (AFED)’, a new tool to see your data post-ILR submission
Items for academies
ActionTitle
Remindernew providers applying for the industry placements – Capacity and Delivery Fund (CDF) from the 2021 to 2022 academic year
ReminderR04 individualised learner record (ILR) data return
Informationupdate to the published high needs student and pupil numbers for 2019 to 2020
ActionTitle
Remindernew providers applying for the industry placements – Capacity and Delivery Fund (CDF) from the 2021 to 2022 academic year
ReminderR04 individualised learner record (ILR) data return
Informationupdate to the published high needs student and pupil numbers for 2019 to 2020

Published 2 December 2020

Ofsted News – Issue 96 – November 2020
December 1, 2020
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Sections

COVID-19 updates
Ofsted: COVID-19 rolling update – This sets out our guidance and information relating to COVID-19 (coronavirus) for schools, early years, children’s social care and further education and skills providers. We are updating it regularly. If you need to see what we’ve added since you last checked it, you can select ‘history‘ on the page and this lists all the updates.
COVID-19 briefing notes – Over the coming months, we’ll be publishing what we’ve found on our visits to education and social care providers as part of our phased return to routine inspection. These are this month’s publications in this series:

All Ofsted
Ofsted’s senior structure – Updated organisational chart of Ofsted’s senior structure for accuracy.
Gathering additional evidence to secure an incomplete inspection – Ofsted’s protocol on arrangements for gathering further evidence if an inspection is incomplete.
Complaints procedure – Updated the ‘Privacy notice’ section for clarity.

Schools
Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI): annual Ofsted report letters – Added Ofsted’s annual report on the inspection work by the ISI for the academic year 2019 to 2020.
Data on COVID-19 visits: schools – Data about Ofsted’s visits to schools during the interim phase of our return to inspection.
Data on COVID-19 inspections: non-association independent schools – Data about Ofsted’s inspections of non-association independent schools during the interim phase of our return to routine inspection.
State-funded school inspections and outcomes: management information – Published management information as at 31 October 2020.
Non-association independent schools inspections and outcomes in England: August 2020 – Provisional data for the period September 2019 to August 2020 and revised data for the period September 2018 to August 2019.
Non-association independent schools inspections and outcomes in England: August 2019 – Data, charts, table spreadsheet and main findings updated to amend an error in the underlying data.
Unregistered schools management information – Published management information from 1 January 2016 to 31 August 2020.

Children’s social care
Speech: Amanda Spielman at NCASC 2020 – Ofsted’s HMCI gave a speech at the online National Children and Adult Services (NCAS) Conference.
Press release: New Ofsted report highlights need to get matching right – Ofsted’s study highlights the importance of getting foster matches right for children’s futures, as well as keeping foster carers in the system. Read the full report online.
Press release: Capacity in foster care stalling, despite rising demand – The number of fostering places and carers only increased slightly this year, despite demand being at its highest, new data shows.
Fostering in England 1 April 2019 to 31 March 2020 – Fostering in England statistics for the period 1 April 2019 to 31 March 2020.
Ofsted annual fostering data collection – Updated with planned changes for next year’s data collection.
Data on COVID-19 visits: social care providers – Data about Ofsted’s assurance visits to social care providers during our phased return to inspection.
Local authority and children’s homes in England inspections and outcomes – autumn 2020 – Local authority inspection data and children’s homes inspection data, covering the period up until 31 August 2020.
Childcare providers and inspections as at 31 August 2020 – This release includes registered childcare providers and places, inspection outcomes, and joiners and leavers as at 31 August 2020.

Further education and skills
Changes to the publication of statistics on further education and skills inspections and outcomes – This consultation seeks your views on proposed changes to our statistical release on further education and skills inspections and outcomes.
Data on COVID-19 visits: further education and skills – Data about Ofsted’s visits to further education and skills providers during the interim phase of our return to inspection.
Further education and skills inspections and outcomes as at 31 August 2020 – Data for inspections and outcomes as at 31 August 2020 including data for inspections carried out between 1 September 2019 and 31 August 2020.
Further education and skills inspections and outcomes: management information from September 2019 to August 2020 – The data set has been updated to include only providers that are in scope for Ofsted inspection.

Early years and childcare
Press release: Ofsted announces new early years inspection arrangements – A new approach to inspecting early years providers will give good and outstanding providers more consistency while prioritising providers rated less than good.
Data on COVID-19 visits: registered early years providers – Data about Ofsted’s visits to registered early years providers during the interim phase of our return to inspection.
Reported COVID-19 cases by registered early years and childcare settings – Added data to cover 19 October to 9 November 2020. Also updated the figures for the weeks commencing 5 October 2020 and 12 October 2020 to correct an error in the number of reported cases.
Tell Ofsted if you have a COVID-19 incident at your childcare business – You must tell Ofsted if there is a confirmed case of COVID-19 at your nursery, childminder business or other day care. You should also tell us if you have to close your setting as a result.
Joiners and leavers in the childcare sector – Published data on joiners and leavers in the childcare sector in October 2020.
Consented addresses for childminders and domestic childcare – Updated consented addresses for childminders and domestic childcare as at 31 October 2020.

DWP Touchbase: 27 November 2020
November 30, 2020
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Roundup of recent DWP announcements.

Touchbase

Restart programme to help over a million unemployed people

This week DWP revealed further details of the £2.9bn Restart programme to help more than a million benefit claimants, which was announced by the Chancellor in the Spending Review. This forms part of the Government’s wider Plan for Jobs to protect, support and create jobs.

Restart is a new programme to help people on Universal Credit within the Intensive Work Search group, who have been out of work for 12 months or longer with no sustainable earnings when they are referred to Restart. They will receive more intensive support, via fortnightly meetings for up to a year, from local providers. Using in-depth knowledge of local jobs and skills markets, providers will work with community organisations, including local authorities, to deliver tailored support for individuals. This may include training to switch to growth sectors by providing support through recruitment stages, updating IT skills and / or getting the right certificates to take up a job in a different industry, such as construction or transport.

The scheme is expected to help more than a million jobseekers over the course of three years and will be available in England and Wales. Support for the long term unemployed in Scotland will be considered separately by the Scottish Government.

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Further details on the Spending Review speech can be found here

Attendance Allowance update

Attendance Allowance (AA) review processes are reverting to previous arrangements, after changes were made in response to COVID-19.

The first customers to be affected will be those whose AA awards expire on or after 8 March 2021. These customers will receive renewal packs in the coming weeks and will have the normal 20 week period to complete and return their packs prior to their award expiring. 

Awards that were due to expire before 8 March 2021 will be automatically extended and will continue to receive payments until they are subject to a review at a later date.  

If someone claiming AA has a change of circumstances they still need to inform DWP.

Find out more

Please share this information with your audiences and members.

Self-Isolation Payments

People who are receiving certain benefits could be eligible for a payment of £500 if they have been told to self-isolate, are unable to work from home, and will lose income as a result of self-isolating.

Eligible benefits include Universal Credit, Jobseeker’s Allowance, Employment and Support Allowance, Income Support and Pension Credit. Other eligibility rules apply. People who are not eligible but who will still face hardship as a result of having to self-isolate may be able to get a discretionary payment instead, depending on their individual circumstances.

Neither self-isolation support payments nor discretionary payments will affect DWP benefit eligibility or payments.

Read more on eligibility criteria and how to apply where you live:

Letters sent to UK nationals to prepare for the Brexit transition

The Government has sent out 365,000 letters to UK State Pensioners and benefit recipients living in the EU to advise them to take action to prepare for the end of the UK transition. The letters included advice on how to register for residency and healthcare and also confirmed recipients would continue to receive their State Pensions as they do now.

The UK Government has allocated £3 million for charities and community voluntary organisations across Europe to assist UK Nationals who may need additional help to register or apply to protect their residency rights. This includes potentially at-risk groups, such as pensioners and disabled people and those living in remote areas or who have mobility difficulties.

UK Nationals can find the most up to date information on actions they may need to take on GOV.UK for their country.

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Apprenticeships Register Reopening April 2021 At The Earliest

The Education and Skills Funding Agency closed the register to new bids on April 15 to “review our future approach” and a digital apprenticeship service “road map” (shown below) was tweeted on Thursday and reveals their current timeline.

Under a column for April to June 2021, the road map says there will be a “new service for providers to apply to join the register online”.

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ESFA Update: 18 November 2020

Latest information and actions from the Education and Skills Funding Agency for academies, schools, colleges, local authorities and further education providers.

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ESFA Update further education: 18 November 2020

ESFA Update academies: 18 November 2020

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Items for further education
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InformationTraineeships Framework for Delivery 2020 to 2021 – information for employers and education providers
Information16 to 19 funding regulations update for coronavirus (COVID-19) and impact on planned hours for 2020 to 2021
Informationqualification achievement rates (QARs) and achievement volumes
InformationNational Apprenticeship Awards 2020
InformationFind Apprenticeship Training redesign
Informationcampaign to recruit next Further Education Commissioner – deadline this Friday
Items for academies
Informationupdated 2020 to 2021 dedicated schools grant allocations
Information16 to 19 funding regulations update for coronavirus (COVID-19) and impact on planned hours for 2020 to 2021
Information‘Something’s Not Right’ campaign
Items for local authorities
Informationupdated 2020 to 2021 dedicated schools grant allocations
Information16 to 19 funding regulations update for coronavirus (COVID-19) and impact on planned hours for 2020 to 2021
Information‘Something’s Not Right’ campaign

Published 18 November 2020

CEC Still to Persuade Majority of Schools to Engage with FE and HE

The following article by Bill Camden was published in FEWEEK

Less than half of the schools in the government’s multi-million pound network of careers hubs have met a target for providing “encounters with further and higher education”.

A report published today by the Careers and Enterprise Company (CEC) shows that while more schools are meeting the eight Gatsby benchmarks for good careers guidance, progress towards full compliance remains slow.


“Encounters with further and higher education” is the seventh benchmark and sets a target for every pupil by the age of 16 to have had a “meaningful encounter with providers of the full range of learning opportunities, including sixth forms, colleges, universities and apprenticeship providers”, which should include the “opportunity to meet both staff and pupils”.

But today’s CEC data shows that just 47 per cent of the more than 2,000 schools in the quango’s careers hubs fully achieved the target by March 2020.

The figure was even lower when the CEC looked at achievements in its whole network of 4,000 schools and colleges – where 26 per cent met the target by the same period. For those schools not in the CEC’s network, 13 per cent met the target.

The findings chime with concerns from the education select committee about non-compliance with the Baker Clause – a law introduced in January 2018 that stipulates schools must ensure a range of FE providers have access to pupils from year 8 to year 13 to provide information on technical education and apprenticeships.

The committee questioned Ofsted chief inspector Amanda Spielman on this issue during a hearing this week. Spielman said inspectors have found examples of non-compliance in schools and pledged to give careers guidance the “attention it deserves” when inspections restart.

Asked why they thought schools were struggling to provide encounters with FE providers for pupils, a CEC spokesperson said: “There has been sustained improvement in the number of young people having encounters with further and higher education. This improvement represents a threefold increase over two years.

“These are rigorous and demanding standards for schools and colleges. In order to achieve the criteria, they must achieve a range of measures such as meeting a full range of FE and HE providers and information about a broad range of apprenticeships.”

Today’s CEC report shows that overall national performance towards all eight of the Gatsby benchmarks has doubled since 2016/17 – schools and colleges have moved from achieving 1.87 of them on average to 3.75 as of March 2020.

Progress is higher when looking only at schools and colleges in career hubs – they are achieving 4.8 of the target on average.

The other benchmarks that appear to be proving most difficult to meet include “a stable careers programme” and “addressing the needs of each student”.

The CEC has come under fire in recent years from high-profile people in the sector like education select committee chair Robert Halfon, who has accused the quango of making little progress in improving careers education in England despite receiving millions from the public purse.

The first 20 careers hubs, for example, launched in 2018 and were backed with £5 million, covering 710 schools and colleges. A further 19 opened or expanded in 2019 and were given with £2.5 million as the programme scaled up to cover 1,300 schools and colleges.

An additional 882 schools and colleges joined the programme in September 2020 backed with an extra £2 million.

Figures obtained by FE Week’s sister title Schools Week last year revealed that the CEC itself had received lmost £100 million since launching in 2014 to boost provision.

Careers hubs comprise colleges working with local schools and universities, training providers, employers and career professionals to pool their expertise on improving careers education in their area.

They include a “hub lead” who works with school and college leaders to provide “strategic support” on their careers plan and access to business networks, as well their delivery against the Gatsby benchmarks.

The hubs also have “careers leaders”, who offer face-to-face careers training to schools and colleges.

A CEC spokesperson said: “The evidence shows performance on this measure is significantly better in CEC’s Careers Hubs and network, proving that targeted investment has accelerated progress.”