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ESFA Update: 1 July 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: 1 July 2020

ESFA Update academies: 1 July 2020

ESFA Update local authorities: 1 July 2020

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Items for further education
Informationlatest information on coronavirus (COVID-19)
Reminderthe deadline to apply to the provider relief scheme (July – October 2020) is Thursday 9 July
Informationreducing burdens on educational and care settings from the Department for Education and its agencies
Informationconsultation response on subcontracting post-16 education and training with ESFA funding
Informationsupporting redundant apprentices
Informationeligibility rules for EU, other EEA and Swiss nationals for access to FE 19+ and apprenticeships
Informationupdated college financial benchmarking tool
Informationjoint statement from the ESFA, AoC, and AELP on strengthening relationships and enhancing communications between training providers and the agency
InformationDepartment for Education Sustainability Award
Items for academies
Informationlatest information on coronavirus (COVID-19)
Informationreducing burdens on educational and care settings from the Department for Education and its agencies
Informationconsultation response on subcontracting post-16 education and training with ESFA funding
InformationDepartment for Education Sustainability Award
Items for local authorities
Informationlatest information on coronavirus (COVID-19)
Informationreducing burdens on educational and care settings from the Department for Education and its agencies
Informationconsultation response on subcontracting post-16 education and training with ESFA funding
Informationeligibility rules for EU, other EEA and Swiss nationals for access to FE 19+ and apprenticeships
InformationDepartment for Education Sustainability Award

Published 1 July 2020

ESFA Update: 24 June 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: 24 June 2020

ESFA Update academies: 24 June 2020

ESFA Update local authorities: 24 June 2020

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Items for further education
InformationSubcontracting Declarations Final Deadline – including nil returns
InformationProviding External Assurance on Subcontracting Controls – Return of Assurance Certificate for 2019 to 2020
Informationsupport for independent learning providers as a result of coronavirus (COVID-19)
Informationchanges to apprenticeship service support videos
Items for academies
Actioncoronavirus (COVID-19) schools fund claim
Reminderdeclare or seek approval for your related party transactions
InformationAcademies Financial Handbook 2020
InformationAcademies budget forecast return 3 year (BFR3Y)
Informationpupil premium allocations for 2020 to 2021
Informationguidance for schools post Reading terrorist attack, 20 June
Items for local authorities
Actioncoronavirus (COVID-19) schools fund claim
Informationschools forum meetings
Informationpupil premium allocations for 2020 to 2021
Informationguidance for schools post Reading terrorist attack, 20 June 2020

Published 24 June 2020

ESFA Reveals Covid Financial Support Offer for 16-19 Private Training Providers

Private training providers whose recruitment of 16 to 19 students has been “limited” due to Covid-19 have been offered financial support to ease budget pressures.

From 22nd June 2020, independent learning providers (ILPs) can make a business case to the Education and Skills Funding Agency to prevent clawback of any underperformance they have experienced for this group of learners.

The ESFA said:

“ILPs may be recruiting fewer part-time students than they would normally recruit between March 2020 to July 2020.

“This will impact on the level of funding that these students would usually attract and will result in clawback of funds for 2019 to 2020.

“The ESFA will support ILPs whose recruitment of students, to a 16 to 19 study programme, have been limited due to the lockdown situation and who have faced clawback for under performance.”

For approved cases, the ESFA said it will base the expected delivery in March to July on the previous year’s delivery for students recruited between 1 March 2019 and 31 July 2019, taking up to half of this into account.

In addition, the agency will “add the actual delivery for students recruited between March 2020 and July 2020, up to a maximum of 100 per cent of the 2018 to 2019 funded delivery for March 2019 to July 2019”.

No clawback relief will be possible if the cash delivery in 2019 to 2020 exceeds the cash delivery in 2018 to 2019 for the period from 1 March to 31 July for each year.

The ESFA added that to further support ILPs, they are extending the clawback period to include January 2021 to March 2021.

“The clawback that is planned for July 2020 will be included into the re-profiling, from August 2020 to March 2021. This does not need to be requested and will be shown in the R10 reconciliation statement.

“There may be a small number of exceptions where a risk to ESFA and public funds is identified. In these instances, we cannot delay July 2020 clawback, but we will extend the clawback profile until March 2021.”

The ESFA made clear this funding support is a “one-off” in response to the unexpected disruption caused by the arrival of coronavirus and ILPs should “not expect this to be repeated in future”.

ILPs making a business should also “not seek” support from government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) to furlough staff whose salaries are paid from continuing ESFA or any other public income.

“ILPs submitting a business case must demonstrate they have not received support from the CJRS to furlough staff involved in the continued direct delivery of provision remotely of 16 to 19 study programmes and where possible recruitment of 16 to 19 students between March 2020 to July 2020,” the ESFA said.

“The Department for Education is considering appropriate measures to monitor use of claims from CJRS in order to detect any duplication of public funding and will be considering potential options to recover misused public funding as required.”

ESFA Update: 17 June 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: 17 June 2020

ESFA Update academies: 17 June 2020

ESFA Update local authorities: 17 June 2020

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Items for further education
Informationlatest information on coronavirus (COVID-19)
ActionJuly financial collection from colleges
Informationcollege corporation financial management good practice guides
InformationT Levels – 2022 providers and criteria to deliver T Levels in 2023
Informationversion 1 of ESFA adult education budget (AEB) funding and performance management rules 2020 to 2021
InformationAdvanced Learner Loans – launch of the 2020 to 2021 application service
Informationnew Advanced Learner Loans funding letter templates
Informationchanges to the UK Register of Learning Providers Service
Items for academies
Informationlatest information on coronavirus (COVID-19)
InformationAcademies Accounts Direction 2019 to 2020 published
InformationT Levels – 2022 providers and criteria to deliver T Levels in 2023
Items for local authorities
Informationlatest information on coronavirus (COVID-19)
InformationT Levels – 2022 providers and criteria to deliver T Levels in 2023
Informationversion 1 of ESFA adult education budget (AEB) funding and performance management rules 2020 to 2021
InformationAdvanced Learner Loans – launch of the 2020 to 2021 application service
Informationnew Advanced Learner Loans funding letter templates

Published 17 June 2020

ESFA Update: 10 June 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: 10 June 2020

ESFA Update academies: 10 June 2020

ESFA Update: local authorities 10 June 2020

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InformationLatest information on coronavirus (COVID-19)
Actionapplications to the college collaboration fund (CCF)
ReminderJuly financial collection from colleges
Informationprovider relief schemes
Informationupdated apprenticeships performance-management rules for training providers
Informationupdate to the Advanced Learner Loans funding rules 2020 to 2021
InformationAdvanced Learner Loans – launch of the 2020 to 2021 application service
Informationnew Advanced Learner Loans funding letter templates
Informationkeeping children safe in education during the COVID-19 pandemic

Items for academies

InformationLatest information on coronavirus (COVID-19)
Informationbudget forecast return 3 year (BFR3Y) 2020
Informationkeeping children safe in education during the COVID-19 pandemic

Items for local authorities

InformationLatest information on coronavirus (COVID-19)
Informationkeeping children safe in education during the COVID-19 pandemic
Informationupdated apprenticeships performance-management rules for training providers
Informationupdate to the Advanced Learner Loans funding rules 2020 to 2021
InformationAdvanced Learner Loans – launch of the 2020 to 2021 application service
Informationnew Advanced Learner Loans funding letter templates

Published 10 June 2020 

ESFA Update: 3 June 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: 3 June 2020

ESFA Update local authorities: 3 June 2020

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Items for further education
Informationlatest information on coronavirus (COVID-19)
Remindersubmission of annual accounts
InformationR10 in-year qualification achievement rate
Informationindividualised learner record (ILR) reporting – learners affected by COVID-19
Informationthe National Careers Service Virtual Jobs Fair returns
Items for local authorities
Informationlatest information on coronavirus (COVID-19)
Informationhigh needs import/export data
Informationspecial free school funding adjustments
Informationupdates schools forum guidance

There are no items for local authorities this week.

Published 3 June 2020

ESFA Update: 13 May 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: 13 May 2020

ESFA Update academies: 13 May 2020

ESFA Update local authorities: 13 May 2020

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Information for further education
Informationlatest information on coronavirus (COVID-19)
Informationprovider relief scheme
InformationESFA adult education budget (AEB) funding rules for 2019 to 2020
Information for academies
Informationlatest information on coronavirus (COVID-19)
Informationaccounts return 2019/20 – counterparty data collection
Informationdata sources for teachers’ pension employer contribution grant (TPECG) and teachers’ pay grant (TPG)
Information
Informationlatest information on coronavirus (COVID-19)
Reminderlocal authority adult education budget and apprenticeship funds and 16 to 19 funds return for 2019 to 2020
Informationteachers’ pension employer contribution grant (TPECG) supplementary fund#
Informationdata sources for teachers’ pension employer contribution grant (TPECG) and teachers’ pay grant (TPG)
InformationESFA adult education budget (AEB) funding rules for 2019 to 2020

Published 13 May 2020

ESFA Update: 6 May 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: 6 May 2020

ESFA Update academies: 6 May 2020

ESFA Update local authorities: 6 May 2020

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Items for further education
InformationLatest information on coronavirus (COVID-19)
Informationprovider relief scheme
Informationpaying apprentices that are furloughed
InformationSecretary of State approved list of independent special schools in England and Wales and special post-16 institutions
Information2019 to 2020 year-end forecast funding claim cancelled
Informationnon levy procured apprenticeships contracts
InformationESFA funded adult education budget funding rates and formula guide 2020 to 2021
Informationpublication of ESFA adult education budget funding rules for 2020 to 2021
Information16 to 19 funding regulations guidance
Information2020 to 2021 student support scheme guides
Informationoff-the-job training and maternity leave
Informationapprenticeship service – new apprentice record status
InformationWhat impact do school closures have on my safeguarding responsibilities under the Prevent Duty?
Items for academies
InformationLatest information on coronavirus (COVID-19)
Informationupdated academies chart of accounts
Information16 to 19 funding regulations guidance
Information2020 to 2021 student support scheme guides
Informationwhat impact do school closures have on my safeguarding responsibilities under the Prevent Duty?
Items for local authorities
InformationLatest information on coronavirus (COVID-19)
Actionlocal authority adult education budget and apprenticeship funds and 16 to 19 funds return for 2019 to 2020
Information2019 to 2020 year-end forecast funding claim cancelled
InformationESFA funded adult education budget funding rates and formula guide 2020 to 2021
Informationpublication of ESFA adult education budget funding rules for 2020 to 2021
Information16 to 19 funding regulations guidance
Information2020 to 2021 student support scheme guides
InformationWhat impact do school closures have on my safeguarding responsibilities under the Prevent Duty?

Published 6 May 2020

ESFA Reveals Calculations for the Furloughed Apprentice Wage Top-up

REPORT FROM FEWEEK.

The Education and Skills Funding Agency has finally confirmed that the national minimum wage requirement for a furloughed apprentice applies to just the “training hours during the furlough period”.

In an email from a senior manager in the funding policy team, seen by FE Week, an explanation with two worked examples is provided.

A furloughed employee can take part in volunteer work or training, as long as it does not provide services to or generate revenue for, or on behalf of the employer.  Training in this context includes apprenticeship off-the-job training. Where their provider can continue to deliver training remotely, a furloughed apprentice can therefore continue their apprenticeship whilst furloughed.

Where training is undertaken by furloughed employees, at the request of the employer, they are entitled to be paid at least their appropriate national minimum wage for this time. In most cases, the furlough payment of 80% of an employee’s regular wage, up to the value of £2,500, will provide sufficient monies to cover these training hours. However, where the overall time spent training, during the furlough period, attracts a minimum wage entitlement in excess of the furlough payment, employers will need to pay the additional wages. This is because time spent training is treated as working time for the purposes of the minimum wage calculations and therefore must be paid at the appropriate rate, taking into account the increase in minimum wage rates from 1 April 2020.

Employers should consider the hours that an employee is expected to train during the period of the furlough (which must be a three-week minimum). Employers will need to ensure that the furlough payment provides sufficient monies to cover these training hours. Where the entire furlough payment equates to less than the appropriate minimum wage entitlement for the training hours during the furlough period, the employer will need to pay the additional wages to ensure at least the appropriate minimum wage is paid for the time spent training.

Our worked examples show how to calculate whether the furlough payment equates to less than the appropriate minimum wage entitlement for time spent training.

Example 1:

18 year old first year apprentice is on a 37 hours per week contract and has been furloughed.  They are continuing to training for 1 day per week (7.5 hours per week).

In terms of the National Minimum Wage Regulations they are entitled to £4.15 for every hour they train. (Note that the NMW legislation does not apply to time not in work or training).

Over the 3 week furlough period (the pay reference period) this amounts to a NMW entitlement of £93.38 (£4.15 x 7.5 hours x 3 weeks).

The 80% furlough payment that they have received from their employer is £368.  This furlough payment provides sufficient money to cover these training hours.

Example 2:

22 year old second year apprentice is on a 37 hours per week contract and has been furloughed.  They have agreed, with their employer and provider, to train for 4 days per week (7.5 hours per day) (to cover as much off-the-job training as possible during this period).

In terms of the National Minimum Wage Regulations they are entitled to £8.20 for every hour they train.  (Note that the NMW legislation does not apply to time not in work or training).

Over the 3 week furlough period (the pay reference period) this amounts to a NMW entitlement of £738 (£8.20 x 7.5 hours x 4 days x 3 weeks).

The 80% furlough payment that they have received from their employer is £728.16.  This furlough payment does not provide sufficient money to cover these training hours and the employer would need to top up the difference (£9.84).

*Note is both cases above the apprentice, prior to furlough, was paid at/close to the National Minimum Wage. 

ESFA Update: 29 April 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: 29 April 2020

ESFA Update academies: 29 April 2020

ESFA Update local authorities: 29 April 2020

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Information for further education
InformationLatest information on coronavirus (COVID-19)
Informationpost-16 provider relief scheme
Informationqualification funding approval 2020 to 2021
Informationprocured adult education budget (AEB) including 19 to 24 traineeships and advanced learner loans bursary (ALLB)
Informationnew flexibilities for EPAs during COVID-19
InformationESFA apprenticeship agreement for training providers – amendment
Informationreview of apprenticeships carry-in allocations for the 2019 to 2020 funding year
Informationminimum standards for all-age apprenticeships 2018 to 2019
InformationIDAMs super users contingency planning for loans agreements
Actionmigration of the application programme interfaces (API)
InformationNational Careers Service Virtual Jobs Fair
Information for academies
InformationLatest information on coronavirus (COVID-19)
Informationupdated PE and sport premium allocations for 2019 to 2020
Informationteachers’ pay grant (TPG) 2020 to 2021
Informationteachers’ pension employer contribution grant (TPECG) 2020 to 2021
Information for local authorities
InformationLatest information on coronavirus (COVID-19)
Informationupdated PE and sport premium allocations for 2019 to 2020
Informationschool improvement monitoring and brokering grant for April to August 2020
Informationteachers’ pay grant (TPG) 2020 to 2021
Informationteachers’ pension employer contribution grant (TPECG) 2020 to 2021
Informationteachers’ pension employer contribution grant (TPECG) supplementary fund
Informationlocal authority adult education budget and apprenticeship funds and 16 to 19 funds return for 2019 to 2020
Informationprocured adult education budget (AEB) including 19 to 24 traineeships and advanced learner loans bursary (ALLB)
Informationreview of apprenticeships carry-in allocations for the 2019 to 2020 funding year

Published 29 April 2020