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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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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: Business Update – Issue 60 (August 2020)

Business update is the Education and Skills Funding Agency’s monthly round-up of apprenticeship information and news for businesses.

In this edition of Business Update, our round-up of business-critical news and information from the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA):

  1. Redundancy Support Service for Apprentices launches
  2. Apprenticeship service new employer agreement
  3. Chancellor Plan for Jobs launched on 1 August
  4. COVID-19 guidance

Please share Business Update with your colleagues who might like to register for web alerts. This will notify them by email when we add new editions of Business Update to GOV.UK.

To access support, you can search for apprenticeships on GOV.UK or call 08000 150 600. To find out more about how employers are using apprenticeships to benefit their business, visit our Hire an Apprentice page and our YouTube channel.

1. Redundancy Support Service for Apprentices launches

High-quality apprenticeships will have an important role to play in creating employment opportunities post-Covid-19, and in supporting employers to access the skilled workforce they need to bounce back and succeed. Training providers have a critical role to play in supporting redundant apprentices to help them to find a new employer and support them through to completion.

To further support apprentices who have been made redundant, or who are at risk of redundancy, we introduced the Redundancy Support Service for Apprentices (ReSSA) on 1 August 2020.

ReSSA will provide clear, accessible advice and guidance to individuals on the impact of redundancy, their options and next steps. We will also help redundant apprentices to identify new apprenticeship and employment opportunities, and, where they are eligible, complete their current apprenticeship.

The service is made up of three main elements:

  • providing apprentices with advice and guidance on the impact of redundancy
  • signposting apprentices to local and national support services
  • an apprenticeship vacancy sharing service to make redundant apprentices aware of new opportunities

If you are an employer who would like to recruit a redundant apprentice or offer new apprenticeship opportunities, visit GOV.UK or call 08000 150 600 to find out more.

If you’ve made your apprentice redundant or may have to make them redundant in the future, please encourage your apprentices to use the service to get free advice, access local and national support, and find new opportunities. Apprentices should visit GOV.UK or call 0800 150 400 to speak to an adviser.

Read more on GOV.UK.

2. Apprenticeship service new employer agreement

In January 2020 we published a new employer legal agreement. We confirmed in early March that any employer registered with the apprenticeship service, that accepted a previous version of the agreement, and had not yet accepted the new agreement, would soon need to do so.

We are now asking all employers to accept the new agreement, to ensure that employers accessing funding through the apprenticeship service will be doing so under the same standard terms and conditions. Accepting the agreement will allow employers to access funding for new apprenticeship starts, as well as ensuring continued access to full functionality in the apprenticeship service

If your organisation needs to sign the new legal agreement, it will be made available to you through the apprenticeship service from 20 August 2020 in the ‘Organisation and Agreements’ section of your account; only an Account Owner who has authority to do so on behalf of their organisation, should accept the agreement.

Existing users (employers) who do not accept the new agreement will still be able to view any current apprenticeships registered on the apprenticeship service, and funding will still flow from their levy account to pay for training. However, they will be unable to make changes, advertise vacancies or record new starts until they accept the new agreement (the current agreement will continue to cover existing approved apprentices until either the apprenticeship finishes, or the new agreement is accepted).

Employers that want to read the new agreement before it is made available to them on 20 August 2020 can read it on GOV.UK.

For further information visit GOV.UK.

3. Chancellors Plan for Jobs incentive package from 1 August

The Chancellor’s Plan for Jobs announcement in July included a range of incentives that are available to employers recruiting apprentices, including those that have previously been made redundant. Incentives include:

  • a new payment of £2,000 to employers in England for each new apprentice employers hire, aged under 25, and a £1,500 payment for each new apprentice they hire aged 25 and over, from 1st August 2020 to 31st January 2021, for new recruits. These payments are in addition to the existing £1,000 payment for new 16-18 year-old apprentices, and those aged under 25 with an Education, Health and Care Plan.
  • an additional £111 million this year for traineeships in England, to triple participation in traineeships. Government will fund employers who provide trainees with work experience at a rate of £1,000 per trainee and expand eligibility for traineeships to those with Level 3 qualifications and below.
  • an additional £32 million funding over the next two years for the National Careers Service so that 269,000 more people in England can receive personalised advice on training and work.
  • A Job Retention Bonus – a one-off payment of £1,000 to UK employers for every furloughed employee who remains continuously employed through to the end of January 2021.

Incentives payments can be claimed by employers from September and will be paid in January 2021. Find out more by visiting GOV.UK.

4. COVID-19 guidance

Apprenticeships guidance is being updated today, 5 August 2020, to include more information on the Redundancy Support Services for Apprentices.

A reminder that guidance, for apprentices, employers, training providers, end-point assessment organisations and external quality assurance providers during Covid-19, is available on GOV.UK whilst guidance and support for businesses is also available.

The Business Support Helpline number in England is: freephone 0800 998 1098.

The helpline provides free, impartial business support and signposting services to businesses in England – which currently includes business advice on COVID-19.

You can also find free support, advice and sources of finance through your local growth hub or speak to an advisor on webchat about support for your business.

DfE coronavirus helpline: 0800 046 8687

ESFA Procurement Opportunity

ESFA procurement opportunity launching soon for providers to access additional funding to deliver 19 to 24 AEB funded traineeships.

Published 29 July 2020 From: Education and Skills Funding Agency

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Following the publication of the government’s Plan for Jobs  which included a £111 million investment to triple the number of traineeships available, we are planning a procurement opportunity so providers can access funding to deliver 19 to 24 adult education budget (AEB) funded traineeships.

We will be looking for providers with the capacity to start providing high-quality traineeships quickly through a ring-fenced contract for service. Details about how we will manage new traineeship opportunities for 16 to 18-year-olds will be published shortly.

Opportunities to bid for additional 19 to 24 AEB traineeship funding will be handled through the Department for Education’s e-sourcing portal. Organisations who do not already have an existing account must register one as this is the only method to access tendering documentation. You can register online.

The Plan for Jobs included a commitment to provide thousands of new traineeships to get young people aged 16 to 24 (up to 25 for those with an Education, Health and Care Plan) in England into work.

As well as an investment of £111m for 2020 to 2021, there are new flexibilities and opportunities which will strengthen traineeships and widen access to them for young people:

  • young people qualified up to Level 3 (rather than Level 2 previously) are now eligible for a traineeship
  • there is a more flexible work experience offer of minimum 70 hours, with multiple employers if needed
  • we want to see flexible content and qualifications that prepares trainees for progression to apprenticeships and jobs through a direct line of sight to the occupational standards
  • an increased AEB traineeship learning aim cost of £1500.
  • employers who offer new traineeship work placements will receive £1,000 per learner (up to ten learners) to support engagement and assist with costs such as the purchase of additional PPE for trainees
  • traineeships can now last up to 12 months, allowing twice as much time on a programme for those young people with particular needs who need it. We still expect traineeships to support young people into work as quickly as possible.
  • we want traineeships to move young people towards work or an apprenticeship more than ever before. 

We will publish an updated traineeships framework for delivery and funding rules over the next month.

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