Guidance

16 to 19 education: funding guidance

Rules and guidance for using post-16 funding allocated by EFA.

Overview

Colleges, providers, schools and academies receive annual funding allocations from Education Funding Agency (EFA) for the provision of 16 to 19 education.

Information about the procedures involved in allocating funding can be found on the 16 to 19 funding allocations page.

Funding is calculated using the EFA funding formula that incorporates factors including student numbers, student retention, higher cost subjects, disadvantaged students and area costs.

This is supplemented by additional funding for high needs students, bursaries and other financial support awarded to individual students and, currently, transitional protection and formula protection funding (FPF) to take into account changes from previous funding arrangements.

Below, you can find a set of guidance documents for each year that all post-16 education institutions receiving EFA formula funding should comply with.

Information for institutions 2015 to 2016

Funding regulations 2015 to 2016

The funding regulations guide for 2015 to 2016 provides the funding principles, rules on eligibility, and other regulations used in the 16 to 19 funding model.

Sub-contracting controls 2015 to 2016

The sub-contracting controls guide for 2015 to 2016 sets out EFA compliance and control requirements and advice for all directly funded institutions that use third parties to deliver provision.

Rates and formula

The rates and formula guide for 2015 to 2016 provides information on the funding rates and formula used for 16 to 19 funding calculation

Information for institutions 2014 to 2015

Funding regulations 2014 to 2015

The funding regulations guide for 2014 to 2015 provides the funding principles, rules on eligibility, and other regulations used in the 16 to 19 funding model. In December 2014 the funding regulations were updated to include additional advice in relation to the condition of funding on provision of maths and English in 2014 to 2015.

Sub-contracting controls 2014 to 2015

The sub-contracting controls guide for 2014 to 2015 sets out EFA compliance and control requirements and advice for all directly funded institutions that use third parties to deliver provision.

Rates and formula

The rates and formula guide for 2014 to 2015 provides information on the funding rates and formula used for 16 to 19 funding calculation.

Individualised learner record (ILR) funding returns

The ILR funding returns guide for 2014 to 2015 gives technical advice on making final funding claims. It also sets out the reconciliation process for contract institutions.

This document does not apply to schools and academies returning data through the school census.

The contract institution reconciliation workbook supports institutions in understanding the main document. It gives the tables from annex C in spreadsheet format, so that institutions can see how the values are calculated. There is also an example of how clawback is calculated and applied to profile payments.

Maths and English conditions of funding post 16

Information for academic year 2014 and 2015 on the condition of funding for post-16 students without GCSE grade C in maths and/or English is available on GOV.UK.

Information for institutions 2013 to 2014

Funding regulations

The funding regulations guide for 2013 to 2014 provides the funding principles, rules on eligibility, and other regulations used in the 16 to 19 funding model.

Rates and formula

The rates and formula guide for 2013 to 2014 provides information on the funding rates and formula used for 16 to 19 funding calculation.

Individualised learner record (ILR) funding returns

The ILR funding returns guide for 2013 to 2014 covers the detailed technical advice on making final funding claims together with the reconciliation process for contract institutions.

This document does not apply to schools and academies returning data through the school census. Advice on how to return the EFA final funding claim is available on GOV.UK.

Sub-contracting controls

The sub-contracting controls guide for 2013 to 2014 sets out EFA compliance and control requirements and advice for all directly funded institutions that use third parties to deliver provision.

Annex A of the sub contracting guidance is a separate form for institutions whose sub-contracting accounts for more than 10% of their 16 to 19 programme funding. Paragraph 9 in the sub-contracting controls guide explains who needs to return the form to EFA.

Additional resources for institutions

The document ‘regulation to publication - the journey of qualifications for young people’ describes the processes and organisations involved in the qualification journey from when a qualification is regulated by Ofqual, to when it gets approval under Section 96 and when funding information on the Learning Aim Reference Application (LARA) is published.

Funding guidance presentations

EFA has developed presentations for institutions to use internally to audiences who are required to understand the funding procedures and guidance. These cover:

16 to 19 funding formula

The overview of the 16 to 19 funding formula describes the overall system and mechanism for calculating 16 to 19 funding. This document contains links and references to further detailed guidance and information.

Funding calculation draft specification

The funding calculation draft specification shows the specification behind the EFA funding calculation for the 2013 to 2014 academic year.

Please note that this is a draft and is subject to change. The final funding calculation specification will be published on the data service website.

Funding guidance for previous years

You can access funding guidance for previous academic years in the National Archives.