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ESFA Update: 16 September 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: 16 September 2020

ESFA Update academies: 16 September 2020

ESFA Update local authorities: 16 September 2020

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Items for further education

ActionAdditional traineeships performance-management point
ActionCall out for user testing
ReminderFE teacher training grants and bursaries for 2020 to 2021 academic year
ReminderColleges, please submit the DfE educational settings status form each day
InformationNational Apprenticeship Awards 2020 open for entries
InformationFunding Higher Risk Organisations and Subcontractors Policy
InformationView Your Payments public beta
InformationReminder of business case deadline 30 September 2020: financial support for independent learning providers (ILPs) delivering 16 to 19 study programmes
InformationLaunch of NHS COVID-19 Test and Trace App
InformationReviewing qualifications before the moratorium in the November 2020 review month
InformationFE Mentor Training Programme
InformationOversight of ITPs and large provider team
InformationEnglish and maths requirements in apprenticeship standards at level 2 and above
InformationChanges to funding rules monitoring reports
Feedback16 to 19 statement and supporting guidance

Items for academies

ActionCall out for user testing
ReminderNew academic year, new governance appointments
InformationReminder of business case deadline 30 September 2020: financial support for independent learning providers (ILPs) delivering 16 to 19 study programmes
InformationThemes arising from ESFA’s assurance work 2019 to 2020
InformationNational roll-out of the early career framework (ECF)

Items for local authorities

ActionAdditional traineeships performance-management point
InformationReminder of business case deadline 30 September 2020: financial support for independent learning providers (ILPs) delivering 16 to 19 study programmes
InformationDedicated Schools Grant (DSG) management template
InformationNational roll-out of the early career framework (ECF)
Feedback16 to 19 statement and supporting guidance

Published 16 September 2020

ESFA Update: 9 September 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: 9 September 2020

ESFA Update academies: 9 September 2020

ESFA Update local authorities: 9 September 2020

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Items for further education

Reminder16 to 19 tuition fund opt-in template deadline 16 September 2020
Informationclosure of Register of Training Organisations
InformationKeeping Children Safe in Education
Informationnew educational technology (EdTech) support for FE teacher and trainers
Your feedbacksurvey on Functional Skills assessment

Items for academies

Actionsubmit your budget forecast return 3-year 2020 before the deadline
Informationrequirement to publish salaries on trust websites
InformationKeeping Children Safe in Education

Items for local authorities

InformationKeeping Children Safe in Education

Published 9 September 2020

ESFA Update: 2 September 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 September 2020

ESFA Update academies: 2 September 2020

ESFA Update local authorities: 2 September 2020

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Items for further education
Actionsubcontracting declarations (including nil returns) – final deadline for providers who missed 31 August deadline
Informationindependent training providers (ITP) financial forecasts
Informationclaims for 16 to 19 Bursary Fund for students in defined vulnerable groups
Informationincentive payment for hiring new apprentices – applications go live
InformationNational Apprenticeship Awards 2020 open for entries
Items for academies
InformationAcademies Financial Handbook 2020 digital version published
Your feedbackfinance networking events survey
Items for local authorities
Informationupdated consistent financial reporting (CFR) framework 2020 to 2021
InformationThe School Information (England) Regulations 2020

Published 2 September 2020

ESFA Update: 26 August 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: 26 August 2020

ESFA Update academies: 26 August 2020

ESFA Update local authorities: 26 August 2020

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InformationLetter from Eileen Milner to college corporation accounting officers
InformationESFA/HMRC debt and fraud data sharing pilot
InformationWave 4 T Level awarding organisation events
InformationMaking data collections via the Submit Learner Data portal
Information2019 to 2020 Year End for grant funded providers with Adult Education Budget delivery

Items for academies

InformationLetter to accounting officer at academy trusts

Items for local authorities

ActionTell us if your contact details have changed

Published 26 August 2020

ESFA Update: 19 August 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: 19 August 2020

ESFA Update academies: 19 August 2020

ESFA Update local authorities: 19 August 2020

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Items for further education
Actionfurther education (FE) college capital funding allocations available on Manage your education and skills funding service
Remindersubcontractor declaration 31 August deadline, including nil returns
Reminderpreparing final ILR returns for 2019 to 2020
Informationversion 3, ESFA adult education budget (AEB) funding and performance management rules 2020 to 2021
Informationadult allocations for the 2020 to 2021 funding year
Informationnew Apprenticeship Service webinars from September 2020
Your feedbackwould you like to take part in research around education funding transparency?
Items for academies
Actionis it a related party transaction?
Informationsummary of new items added for the 2019/20 accounts return (AR)
Your feedbackwould you like to take part in research around education funding transparency?
Items for local authorities
Actionfurther education (FE) college capital funding allocations available on Manage your education and skills funding service
Informationversion 3, ESFA adult education budget (AEB) funding and performance management rules 2020 to 2021
Informationschool improvement monitoring and brokering grant September 2020 to March 2021

Published 19 August 2020

ESFA Update: 5 August 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: 5 August 2020

ESFA Update academies: 5 August 2020

ESFA Update local authorities: 5 August 2020

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Items for further education
Informationlatest information on coronavirus (COVID-19)
Reminderall apprenticeship job adverts for learners starting from 1 August 2020 should feature apprenticeship standards
Informationprovider relief scheme (April – June 2020) – reconciliation returns
InformationRedundancy Support Service for apprentices launches
Information16 to 19 tuition fund
Informationmonitoring post-16 funding for 2020 to 2021
InformationLearning Aims Reference Service: Category Codes 2020 to 2021
Informationthe National Careers Service Exam Results Helpline
Items for academies
Informationlatest information on coronavirus (COVID-19)
Informationschemes for financing local authority maintained schools
Information16 to 19 tuition fund
Informationthe National Careers Service Exam Results Helpline
Items for local authorities
Informationlatest information on coronavirus (COVID-19)
Informationschemes for financing local authority maintained schools
Information16 to 19 tuition fund
Informationthe National Careers Service Exam Results Helpline

Published 5 August 2020

ESFA Update: 29 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: 29 July 2020

ESFA Update academies: 29 July 2020

ESFA Update local authorities: 29 July 2020

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Items for further education
Informationlatest information on coronavirus (COVID-19)
ReminderFE teacher training grants and bursaries for 2020 to 2021 academic year
ReminderJuly financial collection from colleges deadline
Information2019 to 2020 adult education budget (AEB) reconciliation
Informationsupplementary bulletin to the college accounts direction and post-16 audit code of practice
InformationESFA procurement opportunity launching soon for providers to access additional funding to deliver 19 to 24 adult education budget (AEB) funded traineeships
Informationhigh value courses for school and college leavers: a one year offer for 18 and 19-year-olds
Information16 to 19 tuition fund
Information16 to 19 study programme guidance for 2020 to 2021
Informationversion 2, ESFA adult education budget (AEB) funding and performance management rules 2020 to 2021
Informationindividualised learner record (ILR) funding returns guidance for 2020 to 2021
Informationapprenticeship service new employer agreement
Informationqualification achievement rates (QARs) for 2019 to 2020
Items for academies
Informationlatest information on coronavirus (COVID-19)
InformationAcademies Accounts Direction supplementary bulletin
Informationbudget forecast return 3 year (BFR3Y) 2020
Informationhigh value courses for school and college leavers: a one year offer for 18 and 19-year-olds
Information16 to 19 tuition fund
Items for local authorities
Informationlatest information on coronavirus (COVID-19)
Informationhigh value courses for school and college leavers: a one year offer for 18 and 19-year-olds
Information16 to 19 tuition fund
Informationversion 2, ESFA adult education budget (AEB) funding and performance management rules 2020 to 2021
Informationindividualised learner record (ILR) funding returns guidance for 2020 to 2021
Informationqualification achievement rates (QARs) for 2019 to 2020

Published 29 July 2020

ESFA Update: 22 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: 22 July 2020

ESFA Update academies: 22 July 2020

ESFA Update local authorities: 22 July 2020

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Items for further education
ActionEducation and Skills agreements for 2020 to 2021
ReminderJuly financial collection from colleges deadline
ReminderChange of Control/Ownership
InformationProvider Relief Scheme (July – October 2020)
InformationSector-based work academies
Informationrevised guidance for the 2020 to 2021 academic year delivery of industry placements, capacity and delivery fund
Informationapprenticeships carry-in allocations for the 2020 to 2021 funding year
Information2019 to 2020 final claim reconciliation
Informationpost-16 audit code of practice for 2019 to 2020.
InformationSummer support to new & existing learners – best practice toolkit of case studies.
Informationguidance on the coronavirus (COVID-19) catch-up premium

Items for academies

InformationLetter from Eileen Milner to academy trust accounting officers
Informationschools funding arrangements 2021 to 2022
Informationrevised guidance for the 2020 to 2021 academic year delivery of industry placements, capacity and delivery fund
Informationupdated 2019 to 2020 dedicated schools grant allocations
Informationupdated 2020 to 2021 dedicated schools grant allocations
Informationguidance on the coronavirus (COVID-19) catch-up premium
Informationacademies planning calendar
Informationacademy complaints best practice guidance

Items for local authorities

ActionEducation and Skills agreements for 2020 to 2021
Informationschools funding arrangements 2021 to 2022
Informationrevised guidance for the 2020 to 2021 academic year delivery of industry placements, capacity and delivery fund
Informationupdated 2019 to 2020 dedicated schools grant allocations
Informationupdated 2020 to 2021 dedicated schools grant allocations
Informationapprenticeships carry-in allocations for the 2020 to 2021 funding year
Information2019 to 2020 final claim reconciliation
InformationSummer support to new & existing learners – best practice toolkit of case studies
Informationguidance on the coronavirus (COVID-19) catch-up premium

Published 22 July 2020

End to ESFA Funding Subcontracting Brokers

Article by Billy Camden published in FE WEEK

Using brokers in subcontracting deals will be a “serious breach” of funding rules next year, the government said today as it announced the first steps to clamping down on subcontracting in FE.

Training providers have also been told to publish a “rationale” for subcontracting, their management fee structure and a list of subcontracting partners on their websites by October 31.

The measures were outlined in new subcontracting guidance for 2020/21, published today by the Education and Skills Funding Agency.

Last month, the ESFA released its response to a consultation that was run earlier this year and proposed major changes to subcontracting.

The agency wants to see a “significant reduction” of the practice in FE and will roll out strict measures, such as volume caps, over the next three years.

For academic year 2020/21, the ESFA said today that the use of brokers to source a subcontracting partner is “not permitted and will be treated as a breach of contract/funding agreement”.

“By brokers we mean where a third-party matches, for a fee, a provider with an unused allocation with a provider that can secure enrolments of learners to utilise it,” the agency explained, adding that they have “strengthened our levers to act and will do so where we find cases of provision being subject to brokerage”.

FE Week has reported on multiple cases of brokers cashing in on last minute subcontracting deals in recent years.

In March we revealed on how a learner find firm was attempting to broker a subcontracting deal for 16 to 18-year-old trainees who had already completed their placement at football clubs.

The only other change coming into force next year is a requirement for “all providers to publish a clear educational rationale for their subcontracting position on their website alongside their management fee structure and a list of subcontracting partners”.

The guidance states that directly funded institutions should “set out in their organisation’s strategic aims their reason for subcontracting, which must enhance the quality of their student offer”. The rationale “should be signed off by governors and boards and published on their website”.

The ESFA said they expect this information to be published by 31 October 2020 and it should be “easy to navigate to from the front page of the organisation’s education and training web pages”.

Other reforms will be introduced in 2022 and 2023.

ESFA Update: 15 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: 15 July 2020

ESFA Update academies: 15 July 2020

ESFA Update local authorities: 15 July 2020

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Items for further education

Informationlatest information on coronavirus (COVID-19)
Actionextra funding for free school meals in further education (FE)
Actionnew subcontractor declaration window – including nil returns
Reminderclosing date for 16 to 19 Bursary Fund COVID-19 business cases
Informationupdate to apprenticeships COVID-19 guidance
Informationupdated apprenticeship funding policy
Informationupdated apprenticeship funding rules
Informationraising on the number of reservations from 3 to 10 on the apprenticeship service
Informationrevised deadline for providing external assurance on subcontracting controls – return of assurance certificate for 2019 to 2020
Informationfunding paid and retained for subcontractors
Informationthe National Careers Service Virtual Jobs Fair returns
Informationnew support offer for 16 to 17 year olds from the National Citizen Service

Items for academies

Informationlatest information on coronavirus (COVID-19)
ActionCondition Data Collection (CDC) – accessing your school condition report
Reminderdeadline for claiming exceptional costs associated with coronavirus (COVID-19)
Informationuniversal infant free school meals (UIFSM) allocations for 2019 to 2020 and 2020 to 2021
InformationSee Hear Respond service in response to COVID-19

Items for local authorities

Informationlatest information on coronavirus (COVID-19)
Actionextra funding for free school meals in further education (FE)
ActionCondition Data Collection (CDC) – accessing condition reports for your schools
Reminderdeadline for claiming exceptional costs associated with coronavirus (COVID-19)
Reminderclosing date for 16 to 19 Bursary Fund COVID-19 business cases
Informationuniversal infant free school meals (UIFSM) allocations for 2019 to 2020 and 2020 to 2021
Informationpublication of the 2019 to 2020 section 251 outturn guidance
InformationSee Hear Respond service in response to COVID-19

Published 15 July 2020