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ESFA Update: 22 January 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 January 2020

ESFA Update academies: 22 January 2020

ESFA Update local authorities: 22 January 2020

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Items for further education
Actionmid-year funding claims for 2019 to 2020
InformationLearning Records Service temporarily closed due to data trust breach
Information16 to 19 revenue funding allocation calculation toolkit for further education institutions
Information16 to 19 business cases to correct major data errors
Informationhigh needs place change request outcomes 2020 to 2021
Informationnew apprenticeship service webinars from January to March 2020
Informationupcoming apprenticeship provider roadshows
Informationwebinar on the integrated financial model for colleges (IFMC)
InformationQuality in Careers Standard events
Items for academies
Reminderthe academies accounts return deadline has now passed
ActionCondition Data Collection (CDC) – accessing condition reports for your schools
InformationLearning Records Service temporarily closed due to data trust breach
Informationhigh needs place change request outcomes 2020 to 2021
Your feedbackremittance advice for multi-academy trusts – can you help us improve the remittance advice from ESFA?
Items for local authorities
Actionmid-year funding claims for 2019 to 2020
ActionCondition Data Collection (CDC) – accessing condition reports for your schools
InformationLearning Records Service temporarily closed due to data trust breach
Informationhigh needs place change request outcomes 2020 to 2021

Published 22 January 2020

Ex-SFA Deputy Director Slams Funding Management ahead of Ney Review

An ex-deputy director of the government’s skills funding agency has called for a return to “supportive” contract management for providers.

Ex-SFA deputy director slams funding management ahead of Ney review

Writing in FE Week, Tony Allen has criticised the way the Education and Skills Funding Agency manages funding contracts ahead of an imminent report by Dame Mary Ney (pictured) into oversight of college finances.

Ney’s review is expected to heavily criticise the ESFA for the calculations it uses to determine the financial health scoring and grading; as had it been more robust, it could have intervened in failing providers sooner.

Allen said when he worked at the then named Skills Funding Agency:

“We had a much better sense of what was going on.

“We advised and supported, managed risks and dealt with issues as they were arising. Face-to-face support by individual and group methods headed off many early problems.”

Allen worked in government for 13 years in a variety of roles including director of the SFA’s Large Companies Unit, before starting his own apprenticeship consultancy in 2016.

The SFA replaced Learning Skills Councils in 2010 and handled funding for the FE and skills sector before being replaced by the ESFA in 2017.

As part of Department for Education staffing cuts in 2016, the ‘supportive’ approach was dropped in favour of what Allen summarised as “a service desk approach” that is unusual in the public sector for allowing organisations to be given millions of pounds and told to “get on with it”.

“It was made clear that giving advice and support to colleges, and especially independent training providers, was not part of a ‘funding body’s’ role,” he says.

“Nobody was interested in the positive side of contract management or the benefits that could accrue, such as promoting apprenticeship growth.”

The agency now calculates financial health with a scoring system which allows providers to self-grade themselves by inputting three measures: one based on cash, another on debt and then margin.

This set of metrics then formulates an overall financial health grade of ‘outstanding’, ‘good’, ‘requires improvement’ or ‘inadequate’.

Allen believes there is a “clear correlation” between the government’s abandoning the supportive approach and the number of high-profile financial failures among providers, including First4Skills3aaa and Hadlow College.

He is the latest sector leader to go public with criticism of the ESFA’s approach to overseeing college finances: Association of Colleges deputy chief executive Julian Gravatt said last week that the ESFA’s current approach was in need of change.

Aside from Ney’s report, it is also expected the National Audit Office’s value for money review on the management of colleges’ financial sustainability will be published in the summer.

A Department for Education spokesperson said:

“The ESFA operates a risk-based approach to the oversight and monitoring of colleges, so that those at risk get regular contact with ESFA staff.

“Last year the department announced an independent review into how the government monitors colleges’ finances and financial management. Results of the review will be published in due course.”

ESFA Update: 15 January 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 January 2020

ESFA Update academies: 15 January 2020

ESFA Update local authorities: 15 January 2020

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Items for further education
Actionadult education budget (AEB) devolution, learner eligibility using postcode data
Informationhow to express an interest to deliver T Levels from 2022 to 2023
Informationthe apprenticeship service is now open for small and medium employers
Informationthe apprenticeship technical funding guide has been updated
Informationqualification achievement rates (QAR)
Informationthe next stage of the Fire It Up apprenticeships campaign is now live
Informationconsultation on lifting the inspection exemption for outstanding schools, colleges and other organisations
Your feedbackwe would welcome your feedback on a new online form to report extremism concerns
Items for academies
Reminderthe academies accounts return deadline is Monday 20 January 2020
Informationacademy allocation statements timeline
Informationhow to express an interest to deliver T Levels from 2022 to 2023
Informationfunding for professional development for governors, trustees and trust board clerks
Informationconsultation on lifting the inspection exemption for outstanding schools, colleges and other organisations
InformationQuality in Careers Standard events
Your feedbackwe would welcome your feedback on a new online form to report extremism concerns
Items for local authorities
Actionadult education budget (AEB) devolution, learner eligibility using postcode data
Informationhow to express an interest to deliver T Levels from 2022 to 2023
Informationqualification achievement rates (QAR)
Informationconsultation on lifting the inspection exemption for outstanding schools, colleges and other organisations
Informationthe apprenticeship technical funding guide has been updated
InformationQuality in Careers Standard events
Your feedbackwe would welcome your feedback on a new online form to report extremism concerns

Published 15 January 2020

ESFA Update: 8 January 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: 8 January 2020

ESFA Update academies: 8 January 2020

ESFA Update local authorities: 8 January 2020

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Items for further education providers
Informationthe integrated financial model for colleges
Informationupdate on 2020 to 2021 individualised learner record (ILR) specification
Informationqualification achievement rates (QAR) 2018 to 2019 – provisional data window
Information16 to 19 funding allocations 2020 to 2021
Informationreview of end year 16 to 19 study programmes data for 2017 to 2018
InformationSafer Internet Day 2020
Informationadvice on High Pressure Laminate systems
Items for academies
Reminderteachers’ pension employer contribution grant supplementary fund
Informationdedicated schools grant (DSG) for 2020 to 2021
Informationpupil premium and other grants for 2020 to 2021
Informationearly years national funding formula (EYNFF) operational guidance for 2020 to 2021
Informationupdated pupil number adjustment (PNA) tool for academies funded on estimates
Information16 to 19 funding allocations 2020 to 2021
Informationreview of end year 16 to 19 study programmes data for 2017 to 2018
InformationQuality in Careers Standard events
Informationfree training for school leaders in integrated curriculum and financial planning
Informationadvice on High Pressure Laminate systems
Items for local authorities
Reminderteachers’ pension employer contribution grant supplementary fund
Informationdedicated schools grant (DSG) for 2020 to 2021
Informationpupil premium and other grants for 2020 to 2021
Informationearly years national funding formula (EYNFF) operational guidance for 2020 to 2021
Informationupdate to high needs benchmarking tool
Information16 to 19 funding allocations 2020 to 2021
Informationreview of end year 16 to 19 study programmes data for 2017 to 2018
InformationQuality in Careers Standard events
Informationfree training for school leaders in integrated curriculum and financial planning
Informationadvice on High Pressure Laminate systems

Published 8 January 2020

ESFA Update: 18 December 2019

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 December 2019

ESFA Update academies: 18 December 2019

ESFA Update local authorities: 18 January 2019

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Christmas and New Year

This will be the last edition of ESFA Update for 2019. Season’s greetings to those celebrating the festive and new year period.

Items for further education
Informationhow to express an interest to deliver T Levels in 2022 to 2023 academic year, including the transition programme
Informationupdate on apprenticeship levy transfers
Informationnew Apprenticeship Service webinars in January 2020
Informationupdated provider data self-assessment toolkit (PDSAT)
InformationR04 funding monitoring reports published
Items for academies
Actionfinancial statements deadline Tuesday 31 December 2019
Informationaccounts return 2018 to 2019 maintenance and update
Informationhow to express an interest to deliver T Levels in 2022 to 2023 academic year, including the transition programme
Items for local authorities
Informationhow to express an interest to deliver T Levels in 2022 to 2023 academic year, including the transition programme
InformationR04 funding monitoring reports published

Published 18 December 2019

ESFA Update: 4 December 2019

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: 4 December 2019

ESFA Update academies: 4 December 2019

ESFA Update local authorities: 4 December 2019

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Items for further education
Remindersubmission of college financial statements
Reminderindividualised learner record (ILR) R04 return
Reminderregister for our webinars on how to support smaller employers transition to the apprenticeship service
Informationapplications to the register of apprenticeship training providers
Informationpublication of high needs student and pupil numbers recorded in the ILR and school census 2018 to 2019
Informationreminder of advice on Aluminium Composite Material cladding
Your feedbackour online remittances for post-16 funding
Items for academies
Actionacademies financial returns deadlines
Actionteachers’ pension employer contribution grant (TPECG) supplementary fund claim form now available
Reminderindividualised learner record (ILR) R04 return
Informationpublication of high needs student and pupil numbers recorded in the ILR and school census 2018 to 2019
Informationreminder of advice on Aluminium Composite Material cladding
Your feedbackour online remittances for post-16 funding
Items for local authorities
Actionteachers’ pension employer contribution grant (TPECG) supplementary fund claim form now available
Reminderindividualised learner record (ILR) R04 return
Informationpublication of high needs student and pupil numbers recorded in the ILR and school census 2018 to 2019
Informationreminder of advice on Aluminium Composite Material cladding
Your feedbackour online remittances for post-16 funding

Published 4 December 2019

ESFA Update: 27 November 2019

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: 27 November 2019

ESFA Update local authorities: 27 November 2019

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Items for further education
Actionadult education budget, 19 to 24 traineeships and 16 to 18 traineeships, review point 1
Remindersubcontractor declaration for adult delivery, including apprenticeships and traineeships, and for the first time, for 16 to 19 provision
Informationrequesting a 19 to 24 traineeship allocation for the 2019 to 2020 funding year deadline
Information2018 to 2019 final reconciliation statements
Informationcontract capping release, over-delivery, for 2018 to 2019
Informationtraining providers helping to test the apprenticeship service
Items for local authorities
Actionadult education budget, 19 to 24 traineeships and 16 to 18 traineeships, review point 1
Informationgrowth and falling rolls fund guidance for 2020 to 2021

Please note, there is no academies edition of Update this week

Published 27 November 2019

ESFA Update: 20 November 2019

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: 20 November 2019

ESFA Update academies: 20 November 2019

ESFA Update local authorities: 20 November 2019

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Items for further education
Actionsubcontractor declaration for adult delivery, including apprenticeships and traineeships, and for the first time, for 16 to 19 provision
Informationsubmission of college financial returns
Informationbuilding component reminder
Items for academies
Actionprepare now for TPECG supplementary fund claims
Reminderpensions re-enrolment
Informationupdated high needs allocated place numbers and dedicated schools grant (DSG) allocations 2019 to 2020
Informationbuilding component reminder
Items for local authorities
Actionprepare now for TPECG supplementary fund claims
Informationupdated high needs allocated place numbers and dedicated schools grant (DSG) allocations 2019 to 2020
Informationbuilding component reminder

Published 20 November 2019

ESFA Update: 13 November 2019

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 November 2019

ESFA Update academies: 13 November 2019

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Items for further education
Actionregister for our webinars on accessing the apprenticeship service for small and medium employers (SMEs)
Actionsubmit your college finance record for 2018 to 2019
Remindersubcontractor declaration for adult delivery, including apprenticeships and traineeships, and for the first time, for 16 to 19 provision
Items for academies
Final remindersubmit your school resource management self-assessment tool checklist
Informationacademies accounts return Skype call and web chat schedule

There are no items for local authorities this week.

Published 13 November 2019

ESFA Update: 7 November 2019

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: 7 November 2019

ESFA Update academies: 7 November 2019

ESFA Update local authorities: 7 November 2019

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Information for further education
Actiondeclare your residential arrangements for learners aged 16 to 18 and up to 25 for learners with high needs
Remindertraineeship in-year growth business case window 2019 to 2020 – 16 to 18 mainstream budget only
InformationSME access to the apprenticeship service from 2020
Information2019 to 2020 Advanced Learner Loans performance management point 2
Information16 to 19 funding arrangements for 2020 to 2021
Information for academies
Informationpre-election period guidance for schools and academy trusts
Actionacademies accounts return 2018/19 online form now open
Actionsubmit your school resource management self-assessment tool checklist
ActionCondition Improvement Fund (CIF) 2020 to 2021
Informationfinancial support for academy trusts in financial difficulty
Information16 to 19 funding arrangements for 2020 to 2021
Information for local authorities
Informationpre-election period guidance for schools and academy trusts
Remindertraineeship in-year growth business case window 2019 to 2020 – 16 to 18 mainstream budget only
Informationearly years national funding formula rates and guidance 2020 to 2021
Information2019 to 2020 Advanced Learner Loans performance management point 2
Information16 to 19 funding arrangements for 2020 to 2021

Published 7 November 2019