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ESFA Update: 25 March 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: 25 March 2020

ESFA Update academies: 25 March 2020

ESFA Update local authorities: 25 March 2020

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Information for further education
Informationlatest information on coronavirus (COVID-19)
Informationrevenue funding allocation statements for 2020 to 2021
Informationfinal qualification achievement rates (QAR)
Information for academies
Informationlatest information on coronavirus (COVID-19)
Informationrevenue funding allocation statements for 2020 to 2021
Informationupdated pupil premium allocations for 2019 to 2020
Information for local authorities
Informationlatest information on coronavirus (COVID-19)
Informationrevenue funding allocation statements for 2020 to 2021
Informationupdated pupil premium allocations for 2019 to 2020
Informationupdated 2019 to 2020 dedicated schools grant (DSG) allocations
Informationconsistent financial reporting framework 2020 to 2021
Informationfinal qualification achievement rates (QAR)

Published 25 March 2020

ESFA Update: 11 March 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: 11 March 2020

ESFA Update academies: 11 March 2020

ESFA Update local authorities: 11 March 2020

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Information for further education
Informationhelpline to answer questions about COVID-19 related to education
Actiongender pay gap reporting 2020
Reminderrecording of residential provision for FE colleges and special post-16 providers
Reminderdeadlines for apprenticeships training provider contract extensions and new provider legal agreements
Informationfurther education data security
Information16 to 19 rates and formula guidance
Informationfinal qualification achievement rates (QAR) 2018 to 2019
Informationupdate on provider roadshows
Informationround 3 of Taking Teaching Further
Information for academies
Informationhelpline to answer questions about COVID-19 related to education
Actiongender pay gap reporting 2020
Information16 to 19 rates and formula guidance
Information for local authorities
Informationhelpline to answer questions about COVID-19 related to education
Actiongender pay gap reporting 2020
Informationrecoupment guidance for 2020 to 2021
Information16 to 19 rates and formula guidance
Informationfinal qualification achievement rates (QAR) 2018 to 2019

Published 11 March 2020

ESFA Update: 4 March 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: 4 March 2020

ESFA Update academies: 4 March 2020

ESFA Update local authorities: 4 March 2020

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Items for further education
Informationhelpline launched to answer questions about COVID-19 related to education
Action2019 to 2020 Advanced Learner Loans performance management point 3
Informationadult education budget (AEB) devolution update – Sheffield City Region
Informationaccess to the ESFA developer hub
Informationapprenticeships training provider contract extensions
Informationpackage of support for colleges to strengthen leadership and governance across the further education sector
Informationupdate on provider roadshows
Informationfinal qualification achievement rates (QAR) for 2018 to 2019
Informationearnings adjustment statement (EAS)
Informationsupport for your advanced mathematics provision
Your feedbackwe would welcome your feedback on a new online form to report extremism concerns
Items for academies
Informationhelpline launched to answer questions about COVID-19 related to education
Informationteachers’ pay grant and teachers’ pension employer contribution grant updates
Informationthemes arising from ESFA’s assurance work
Informationnational non-domestic rates (NNDR) claims online form
Your feedbackwould you like to take part in research around education funding transparency?
Informationregistration for the WorldSkills UK skills competitions
InformationThe Trust Network’s national school estates conference
Informationnew analysis suggests potential interventions to improve educational attainment of children and young people who have had a social worker
Informationsupport for your advanced mathematics provision
Your feedbackwe would welcome your feedback on a new online form to report extremism concerns
Items for local authorities
Informationhelpline launched to answer questions about COVID-19 related to education
Action2019 to 2020 Advanced Learner Loans performance management point 3
Informationteachers’ pay grant and teachers’ pension employer contribution grant updates
Informationlocal authorities planning calendar
Informationadult education budget (AEB) devolution update – Sheffield City Region
Informationfinal qualification achievement rates (QAR) for 2018 to 2019
Informationearnings adjustment statement (EAS)
Informationregistration for the WorldSkills UK skills competitions
Informationnew analysis suggests potential interventions to improve educational attainment of children and young people who have had a social worker
Informationsupport for your advanced mathematics provision
Your feedbackwe would welcome your feedback on a new online form to report extremism concerns

Published 4 March 2020

ESFA Update: 26 February 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 February 2020

ESFA Update academies: 26 February 2020

ESFA Update local authorities: 26 February 2020

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Items for further education
Reminderthe deadline to submit the IFMC is Friday 28 February 2020
Information16 to 19 revenue funding allocation statements for 2020 to 2021
Informationadult funding allocations for the 2020 to 2021 funding year
Information2018 to 2019 list of declared subcontractors
Informationfinal qualification achievement rates (QAR) for 2018 to 2019
InformationEU exit update for apprenticeships
Informationupdate to ESFA intervention policy for apprenticeship training providers with low numbers of learners where Ofsted is unable to undertake a full inspection
Informationall apprenticeship starts to be through the apprenticeship service from 1 November 2020
Informationnew provider legal agreements – deadline Monday 6 April 2020
Informationupdate on provider roadshows
Informationimprovements to ‘Manage your apprentices’ in the apprenticeship service
Informationthe FE Choices learner satisfaction survey will launch this March
Informationconsultation on proposed changes to the Keeping Children Safe in Education guidance
Your feedbackwe would welcome your feedback on a new online form to report extremism concerns
Items for academies
ActionTeachers’ Pensions – update your contact details online
Reminderacademy trusts to supply or update their contact details information
Informationfunding allocation statements for 2020 to 2021
Informationpupil premium conditions of grant for 2020 to 2021
Informationyear 7 literacy and numeracy catch-up premium: 2019 to 2020
Informationfree school meals supplementary grant 2019 to 2020
Informationconsultation on proposed changes to the Keeping Children Safe in Education guidance
Your feedbacktell us about your challenges when buying everyday goods
Your feedbackwe would welcome your feedback on a new online form to report extremism concerns
Your feedbackcan you help us to understand whether/how a public financial health measure of schools and academies could be useful to you?
Items for local authorities
Informationpupil premium conditions of grant for 2020 to 2021
Informationyear 7 literacy and numeracy catch-up premium: 2019 to 2020
Informationfree school meals supplementary grant 2019 to 2020
Informationsection 251 budget guidance for 2020 to 2021
Informationconsultation on proposed changes to the Keeping Children Safe in Education guidance
Informationbenefit from the reduced cost of risk cover
Your feedbacktell us about your challenges when buying everyday goods
Your feedbackwe would welcome your feedback on a new online form to report extremism concerns
Your feedbackcan you help us to understand whether/how a public financial health measure of schools and academies could be useful to you?

Published 26 February 2020

ESFA Update: 5 February 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 February 2020

ESFA Update academies: 5 February 2020

ESFA Update local authorities: 5 February 2020

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Action19+ contracts and variations to be signed
Remindermid-year funding claims for 2019 to 2020
Informationfuture-proofing our early warning integrated financial model for colleges
Informationapprenticeship service for smaller employers – reservations for April starts now open
Informationconsultation on subcontracting the delivery of education and training using ESFA post-16 funds
Informationupcoming provider roadshows
Information16 to 19 school and academy sixth form 2020 to 2021 allocation calculation toolkits
Information19+ funding allocations
Informationgrant to FE institutions for Teachers’ Pension Scheme (TPS) increased employer contributions
Informationend-point assessment organisations
Your feedbackyour views on the new contract framework for the 2019 to 2020 Education & Skills agreements
Items for academies
Informationconsultation on subcontracting the delivery of education and training using ESFA post-16 funds
Information16 to 19 school and academy sixth form 2020 to 2021 allocation calculation toolkits
InformationEarly Years Foundation Stage reforms – early adopters invitation
Informationguidance for schools post-Streatham terror attack, 2 February 2020
Items for local authorities
Action19+ contracts and variations to be signed
Remindermid-year funding claims for 2019 to 2020
Informationdedicated schools grant (DSG) conditions of grant for 2020 to 2021
Informationupdated dedicated schools grant (DSG) allocations and conditions of grant for 2019 to 2020
Informationlocal authorities pre-16 schools funding collection
Informationthe future funding of maintained nursery schools – written ministerial statement
Informationbenchmarking report cards issued to local authority maintained schools
Informationconsultation on subcontracting the delivery of education and training using ESFA post-16 funds
Information16 to 19 school and academy sixth form 2020 to 2021 allocation calculation toolkits
Information19+ funding allocations
Informationgrant to FE institutions for Teachers’ Pension Scheme (TPS) increased employer contributions
InformationEarly Years Foundation Stage reforms – early adopters invitation
Your feedbackyour views on the new contract framework for the 2019 to 2020 Education & Skills agreements
Informationguidance for schools post-Streatham terror attack, 2 February 2020

Published 5 February 2020

ESFA Update: 29 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: 29 January 2020
ESFA Update academies: 29 January 2020
ESFA Update local authorities: 29 January 2020
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Information for further education
Actionqualification achievement rates (QAR) 2018 to 2019 – provisional data now live
ReminderR06 individualised learner record (ILR) data return closes Thursday 6 February 2020
Informationmid-year funding claims for 2019 to 2020
Informationoff-the-job training ILR field change – actual hours field
Informationfurther education data security
Informationrecording of residential provision for FE colleges and special post-16 providers
Informationthe integrated financial model for colleges (IFMC)
Informationsmall employers using the apprenticeship service
Informationupcoming provider roadshows
Informationbuilding safety advice
Your feedbackapply to join the DfE Star Chamber scrutiny board
Information for academies
Informationpre-populated school resource management self-assessment tool
Informationschool resource management adviser (SRMA) evaluation report
InformationEarly Years Foundation Stage reforms – consultation and early adopters invitation
Informationnew research report on school business leadership
Informationbuilding safety advice
Your feedbackapply to join the DfE Star Chamber scrutiny board
Information for local authorities
Actionqualification achievement rates (QAR) 2018 to 2019 – provisional data now live
ReminderR06 individualised learner record (ILR) data return closes Thursday 6 February 2020
Informationmid-year funding claims for 2019 to 2020
Informationschool resource management adviser (SRMA) evaluation report
InformationEarly Years Foundation Stage reforms – consultation and early adopters invitation
Informationnew research report on school business leadership
Informationbuilding safety advice
Your feedbackapply to join the DfE Star Chamber scrutiny board

Published 29 January 2020

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