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ESFA Update: 11 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 academies: 11 December 2019

ESFA Update local authorities: 11 December 2019

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Items for academies
Actionsubmit your financial statements by Tuesday 31 December 2019
Informationupdated pupil premium allocations for 2019 to 2020
Items for local authorities
Informationupdated pupil premium allocations for 2019 to 2020

Please note, there are no items for further education this week.

Published 11 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

AELP Fears re ESFA Subcontracting Ban
November 19, 2019
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The Association of Employment and Learning Providers (AELP) has today recommended a new, more “robust approach” to subcontracting in an effort to avoid an outright ban.

Subcontracting in FE, the practice of one provider paying another to deliver the training, has never been far from scandal and controversy. It has already been banned for advanced learner loan funded courses.

AELP fear funding agency considering outright subcontracting ban

In what the AELP describes as a “last chance saloon” for subcontracting apprenticeships and adult education budget funding, its chief executive, Mark Dawe, claims “by incorporating the recommendations in our submission into its rules, the agency can avoid ministers demanding a ban”.

The ESFA announced plans last month for a radical overhaul of its subcontracting rules amid high-profile cases of fraud, while Ofsted has launched research into the practice.

In its submission, the AELP said the “vast majority” of subcontracting is “high quality” and officials must not take a “damagingly blunt” approach to address the behaviours of a small number of providers.

The requirement and expectations of main providers who subcontract out government funding should be “much more robust” in order to ensure integrity.

AELP has produced a checklist of the “minimum expectations” of the main provider, which they say is significantly above and beyond the current ESFA rules and “should be adopted across the sector”.

This includes: acceptable fees, charges and additional services, quality monitoring and quality assurance, MIS, audit and ILR services, and contracting management (read the full report here).

The association says there also needs to be clarity on the “different types of subcontracting and what is and what isn’t a subcontract to help alleviate confusion across the sector, including with employers”.

AELP has used its submission paper to again call again for fees and charges not to exceed 20 per cent of the funding – a recommendation that has been adopted by the Greater London Authority and other mayoral combined authorities with devolved adult education funding.

This maximum cap would “block the profiteering of a small number of providers who commoditise their privileged access to government funding and ensure value for money”.

AELP adds that there should be a clear policy on management fees and charges being only applicable to core funding and not additional funding “designed to support specific groups of learners or to support certain additional needs”.

ESFA should also procure funding from providers that is “continuously subcontracted out on a transitional basis”, the association’s submission said.

“Recent examples of subcontracting malpractice do not justify at all a call for an outright ban on subcontracting in the sector, but a much more robust approach on the part of the ESFA and Ofsted would make a huge difference in stopping further examples occurring,” Dawe (pictured) said.

“Over the last ten years, AELP feels that the ESFA has rather dragged its heels in making the required changes needed in its funding rules to put the issue to bed and we are probably now in the last chance saloon.”

He added: “Let’s have no more prevarication around this issue which has been damaging the sector’s reputation for far too long. Change the rules now.”

Eileen Milner, the chief executive of the ESFA, sent a sector-wide letter last month warning of rule changes to subcontracting and that she will take strong action against any provider that abuses the system.

She said there are currently 11 live investigations into subcontracting, with issues underpinning them ranging in seriousness from “complacency and mismanagement”, through to matters of “deliberate and systematic fraud”.

She revealed the government will review its current subcontracting rules later this year.

Ofsted’s research will mainly look at whether management fees, which have controversially grown to as much as 40 per cent on subcontract values, are having a detrimental impact on learners’ education.

There have been a number of high-profile subcontracting scandals in recent years. The most recent involved Brooklands College and resulted in the ESFA demanding a £20 million clawback.

ESFA Priority Webinars
November 15, 2019
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In order to support smaller employers joining the apprenticeship service, the ESFA are hosting dedicated webinars for training providers and intermediaries.

They will not be able to include policy information or provide Q and A sessions due to pre-election restrictions.

Live / Upcoming Webinars

NOV 26 12:00 PM – 12:45 PM GMT Training providers: How to support smaller employers to access the apprenticeship service

NOV 29 12:00 PM – 12:45 PM GMT Intermediaries: How to support smaller employers to access the apprenticeship service

DEC 05 12:00 PM – 12:45 PM GMT Training providers: How to support smaller employers to access the apprenticeship service

DEC 11 12:00 PM – 12:45 PM GMT Training providers: How to support smaller employers to access the apprenticeship service

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

ESFA Update: 30 October 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: 30 October 2019

ESFA Update academies: 30 October 2019

ESFA Update local authorities: 30 October 2019

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Information for further education
Actionresponse to ESFA letter about subcontracting the delivery of education and training using post-16 funds
Actionmoratorium on approving qualifications for funding post 16
Remindersubcontractor declaration for adult delivery, including apprenticeships and traineeships, and for the first time, for 16 to 19 provision
Informationfunding methodology for the 16 to 19 discretionary bursary fund is changing from academic year 2020 to 2021
InformationESFA confirms SMEs can access the apprenticeship service from January 2020
Informationapprenticeships non-levy allocations from April 2020
Informationnew entrants applying to the register of apprenticeship training providers (RoATP) are invited to test new application service
Information for academies
Actionland and building tool is open for completion by Monday 4 November 2019
Actionresponse to ESFA letter about subcontracting the delivery of education and training using post-16 funds
Reminderautumn school census
InformationTeachers’ pay and teachers’ pension employer contribution grants for 2019 to 2020
InformationPE and sport premium allocations and conditions of grant for 2019 to 2020
Informationfunding methodology for the 16 to 19 discretionary bursary fund is changing from academic year 2020 to 2021
Informationfree training for school leaders in integrated curriculum and financial planning
Items for local authorities
Actionresponse to ESFA letter about subcontracting the delivery of education and training using post-16 funds
Reminderautumn school census
Reminderlocal authorities to submit grant return and use of funds statement by Thursday 31 October 2019
InformationTeachers’ pay and teachers’ pension employer contribution grants for 2019 to 2020
InformationPE and sport premium allocations and conditions of grant for 2019 to 2020
Informationfunding methodology for the 16 to 19 discretionary bursary fund is changing from academic year 2020 to 2021
Informationfree training for school leaders in integrated curriculum and financial planning

Published 30 October 2019

ESFA Update: 23 October 2019

Latest information and actions from the Education and Skills Funding Agency for academies, schools, colleges, local authorities and further education providers.

Documents

ESFA Update further education: 23 October 2019

ESFA Update academies: 23 October 2019

ESFA Update local authorities: 23 October 2019

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Items for further education
Actiondeclare your subcontracting arrangements for adult funded programmes
ReminderRegister of Apprenticeship Training Providers (RoATP)
Informationinterest free loans to fund energy saving projects
Informationqualification achievement rate (QAR) dashboard updates on View Your Education Data
Informationnew funding reports guidance
Information16 to 19 revenue funding allocations for 2019 to 2020
Items for academies
Actionland and building collection tool is open for completion by 4 November 2019
Reminderautumn school census deadline
Informationinterest free loans to fund energy saving projects
InformationAcademies Accounts Return 2018 to 2019 guidance and resources are now published online
Information16 to 19 revenue funding allocations for 2019 to 2020
Items for local authorities
Actionlocal authority return about 16 to 19 infrastructure changes
Reminderautumn school census deadline
Informationinterest free loans to fund energy saving projects
Informationschools financial benchmarking tool updated for maintained schools
Information16 to 19 local authorities grant return and use of funds statement; process for 2018 to 2019
Informationschools funding 2020 to 2021
Informationnew funding reports guidance
Information16 to 19 revenue funding allocations for 2019 to 2020

Published 23 October 2019