Funding for different types of schools and settings

Funding for early years, academies, alternative provision, local authority schools, special schools, 16 to 19 year olds.

General information and guidance

  1. Collaborative fund: grant funding agreement terms and conditions

    This document should be read alongside your grant offer letter and all relevant annexes.

  2. Equality and diversity school leadership projects

    Contact details of project leads for 2016 to 2017.

  3. Mainstream free school revenue funding

    How we calculate and allocate revenue funding for mainstream free schools in the 2017 to 2018 academic year.

  4. Returners Engagement Programme

    Grant funding for schools in the North West and South East to support inactive teachers who wish to return to teaching.

  5. School-to-school support fund

    Grants for national leaders of education and teaching schools to support underperforming maintained schools and academies.

  6. Strategic School Improvement Fund

    Funding for eligible schools for a range of school improvement activities.

  7. Strategic School Improvement Fund: application completion guidance

    Guidance on how to complete an application for the Strategic School Improvement Fund.

  8. Strategic School Improvement Fund: classification of evidence

    Guidance on how to create a strong, evidence-based application for the Strategic School Improvement Fund.

  9. Strategic School Improvement Fund: eligibility criteria

    Eligibility criteria for the Strategic School Improvement Fund.

  10. Strategic School Improvement Fund: eligibility criteria for emergency funding

    Eligibility criteria for emergency funding from the Strategic School Improvement Fund.

  11. Strategic School Improvement Fund: emergency funding

    Apply for emergency funding under the Strategic School Improvement Fund.

  12. Strategic School Improvement Fund: terms of reference for sub-regional improvement boards

    Terms of reference for the Strategic School Improvement Fund sub-regional improvement boards.

  13. Teacher subject specialism training: funding for schools

    Funding to provide teacher subject specialism training courses in modern foreign languages.

  14. Teaching and Leadership Innovation Fund: apply for funding

    Funding opportunity to design and deliver professional development programmes for teachers and school leaders.

  15. Teaching and Leadership Innovation Fund: programmes for teachers and school leaders

    Information for teachers and school leaders interested in enrolling for a professional development programme.

  16. Workload challenge: funding for schools

    Apply for funding to research, implement and measure solutions to unnecessary teacher workload.

Academy funding

Funding allocations, payment and advances, compliance, sponsorship, capital funding, funding claims.

  1. Academies and dedicated schools grant: recoupment

    Guides outlining how the Education and Skills Funding Agency calculates the adjustment of the dedicated schools grant allocation.

  2. Academies capital funding and support

    Information about capital funding programmes and support for single and multi-academy trusts.

  3. Academies Capital Maintenance Fund

    Information about the Academies Capital Maintenance Fund (ACMF).

  4. Academies capital maintenance fund: round 1 information

    Information for applicants to round 1 of the academies capital maintenance fund (ACMF), for the 2014 to 2015 academic year.

  5. Academies capital maintenance funding: information for MATs

    Information for multi-academy trusts (MATs), about the academies capital maintenance funding.

  6. Academies funded on estimates

    Information for academies funded on estimated pupil numbers

  7. Academies funding allocation pack: 2016 to 2017 academic year

    Guides to help academies and free schools understand their 2016 to 2017 academic year funding allocations.

  8. Academies funding allocation packs: 2017 to 2018 academic year

    Guidance for academies on 2017 to 2018 academic year general annual grant statements.

  9. Academies funding allocation: example statement

    This is an example statement for mainstream academies to help them understand their funding allocation for 2013 to 2014.

  10. Academies funding: A to Z of terms

    A guide to the main academy funding terms and acronyms.

  11. Academies revenue funding allocations

    Information for academies about their annual revenue funding

  12. Academies: apply for advances of funding

    Academies can request funding advances for support in exceptional circumstances. This guide details how requests are made and processed.

  13. Academy conversion grant for local authorities

    Details about the academy conversion grant for local authorities, including guidance on how to apply.

  14. Academy funding claims

    This guide explains how academies can claim for national non-domestic rates.

  15. Capital funding for multi-academy trusts (MATs)

    Information for multi-academy trusts (MATs) and other groups of academies that receive a capital funding allocation.

  16. Estimating your academy funding allocation

    A guide for schools opening as academies to estimate their revenue funding.

  17. Guide for academies on the Charities SORP 2015

    A brief guide to the Charities Statement Of Recommended Practice 2015 for academy trusts incorporated before 1 January 2015

  18. Pre-16 schools funding: guidance for 2018 to 2019

    Guidance for local authorities and schools on revenue funding in the 2018 to 2019 financial year.

  19. Revenue funding: payments to academies

    This guide explains how academies are paid and how to change bank details.

  20. Schools block funding allocations 2013 to 2014

    The schools block allocations for individual maintained schools and academies for 2013 to 2014.

  21. Schools block funding formulae documents

    Information and data showing current and historical local authority school funding formula factors.

  22. Special and AP academies funding allocations: example statement

    An example statement for special and alternative provision academies to help them understand their funding allocations for 2013 to 2014.

  23. Sponsor an academy

    Steps to follow to become an academy sponsor.

  24. Sponsored academies funding: guidance for sponsors

    Guidance on the DfE funding available to academy trusts for sponsored academy projects.

  25. Studio school revenue funding

    How we calculate and allocate revenue funding for studio schools in the 2017 to 2018 academic year.

  26. Year 7 catch-up premium: 2015 to 2016 allocations

    Information about the year 7 catch-up premium allocation figures and conditions of grant for the 2015 to 2016 financial year.

Alternative provision funding

Funding for education outside of mainstream schools, including free school revenue funding.

  1. Alternative provision free school revenue funding

    How we calculate and allocate revenue funding for alternative provision (AP) free schools in the 2017 to 2018 academic year.

  2. Special and AP academies funding allocations: example statement

    An example statement for special and alternative provision academies to help them understand their funding allocations for 2013 to 2014.

Early years funding

Schools block funding, dedicated schools grant, education services grant, early years capital fund, initial teacher training funding.

  1. Academies and dedicated schools grant: recoupment

    Guides outlining how the Education and Skills Funding Agency calculates the adjustment of the dedicated schools grant allocation.

  2. Early years benchmarking tool

    Information on indicators of local authority (LA) early education services, and ways to compare an individual LA to other LAs.

  3. Early Years Capital Fund

    Information for local authorities about the outcomes from the Early Years Capital Fund bidding round

  4. Early years initial teacher training (ITT): a guide for employers

    Training opportunities and funding for your graduate employees to gain early years teacher status.

  5. Early years national funding formula: allocations and guidance

    How much funding local authorities will get for the financial year 2017 to 2018, and guidance to help them implement the funding changes.

  6. Pre-16 schools funding: guidance for 2018 to 2019

    Guidance for local authorities and schools on revenue funding in the 2018 to 2019 financial year.

  7. Schools block funding formulae documents

    Information and data showing current and historical local authority school funding formula factors.

  8. Schools funding arrangements 2016 to 2017

    Information about funding arrangements for schools in 2016 to 2017.

  9. Schools funding arrangements 2017 to 2018

    Information for local authorities and schools on revenue funding in 2017 to 2018.

Funding for 16 to 19 year olds in schools

How funding is calculated and allocated, eligibility and conditions, study programmes, student support schemes.

  1. 16 to 18 education: free meals in further education for academic year 2017 to 2018

    Guidance to help provide free meals to disadvantaged 16 to 18 year old students in further education (FE) funded institutions.

  2. 16 to 19 Bursary Fund guide: 2017 to 2018 academic year

    Guidance for all institutions administering the 16 to 19 Bursary Fund in the 2017 to 2018 academic year.

  3. 16 to 19 education: commercial and charitable providers

    Information for commercial and charitable providers (CCPs) funded by ESFA.

  4. 16 to 19 education: funding allocations

    Information about how 16 to 19 funding is allocated to colleges, providers, schools and academies.

  5. 16 to 19 education: funding guidance

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

  6. 16 to 19 education: market entry

    Information about how to get ESFA funding for post-16 education and training.

  7. 16 to 19 free school revenue funding

    How we calculate and allocate revenue funding for 16 to 19 free schools in the 2017 to 2018 academic year.

  8. 16 to 19 funding study programmes: work experience

    Information on funding work experience in 16 to 19 study programmes.

  9. 16 to 19 Funding: core aims in study programmes

    The latest information on core aims to assist funded institutions in planning study programmes across individual funding years.

  10. 16 to 19 Funding: how it works

    An overview of the 16 to 19 funding formula.

  11. 16 to 19 funding: large programme uplift

    Information on the large programme uplift for academic year 2016 to 2017 and beyond.

  12. 16 to 19 funding: maths and English condition of funding

    Information for institutions on maths and English condition of funding.

  13. 16 to 19 funding: planned hours in study programmes

    This note provides the latest information on planned hours to assist funded institutions planning study programmes across the individual academic years.

  14. 16 to 19 provision: audit approach

    Audit approach for 16 to 19 study programmes funded by the Education Funding Agency.

  15. Advice: funding regulations for post-16 provision

    Advice about post-16 funding regulations.

  16. Care to Learn guide for institutions: academic year 2017 to 2018

    This guide provides information to all those involved in the delivery of the Care to Learn scheme in the 2017 to 2018 academic year.

  17. Condition of funding on maths and English: qualifications list

    A note explaining how to access the list of qualifications that meet the funding condition on the provision of maths and English.

  18. Formula protection funding

    Information on formula protection funding and how it will be applied in 2017 to 2018 academic year.

  19. Funding guidance for young people: sub-contracting controls

    This document sets out the ESFA compliance and control requirements and advice for institutions using third parties for ESFA-funded provision.

  20. Funding rates and formula

    The funding rates and the formula used in the funding arrangements for 16- to 19-year-olds.

  21. How to return ILR final funding claims to the EFA

    Information for institutions who are required to make a EFA final funding claim return for academic year 2016 to 2017.

  22. Post-16 funding allocations supporting documents for 2017 to 2018

    Information for post-16 institutions about calculating their post-16 allocation.

  23. Pre-16 schools funding: guidance for 2018 to 2019

    Guidance for local authorities and schools on revenue funding in the 2018 to 2019 financial year.

  24. Review of end of year 16 to 19 study programmes data for 2013 to 2014

    An outline of the delivery patterns that are outside of standard delivery.

  25. Review of end of year 16 to 19 study programmes data for 2014 to 2015

    An outline of the delivery patterns that are outside standard delivery.

  26. The process for seeking young people’s funding for qualifications

    Information on the process for seeking public funding for qualifications to be delivered to young people in England.

  27. Youth Contract: 16- and 17-year-olds

    Information about Youth Contract provision for 16- and 17-year-olds not in education, employment or training.

Local authority schools funding

Schools block funding, dedicated schools grant, education services grant, authority proforma tool, fund allocation and spending.

  1. Academies and dedicated schools grant: recoupment

    Guides outlining how the Education and Skills Funding Agency calculates the adjustment of the dedicated schools grant allocation.

  2. Authority proforma tool (APT): information for local authorities

    Information for local authorities about how to use the authority proforma tool.

  3. Basic need allocations

    How much basic need funding local authorities receive during the financial years 2011 to 2020.

  4. Early years national funding formula: allocations and guidance

    How much funding local authorities will get for the financial year 2017 to 2018, and guidance to help them implement the funding changes.

  5. Establishing local authority dedicated schools grant baselines

    Guidance for local authorities on EFA setting dedicated schools grant baselines and the process for confirming historical commitments.

  6. Pre-16 schools funding: guidance for 2018 to 2019

    Guidance for local authorities and schools on revenue funding in the 2018 to 2019 financial year.

  7. Reformed funding system: operational implications guidance for local authorities

    Guidance for local authorities and their schools in planning the local implementation of the reformed funding system for 2013 to 2014.

  8. Schemes for financing schools

    Statutory guidance for local authorities on producing and amending school financing schemes.

  9. School improvement monitoring and brokering grant allocations

    Information for local authorities on the school improvement monitoring and brokering grant.

  10. Schools block funding allocations 2013 to 2014

    The schools block allocations for individual maintained schools and academies for 2013 to 2014.

  11. Schools block funding formulae documents

    Information and data showing current and historical local authority school funding formula factors.

  12. Schools funding arrangements 2016 to 2017

    Information about funding arrangements for schools in 2016 to 2017.

  13. Schools funding arrangements 2017 to 2018

    Information for local authorities and schools on revenue funding in 2017 to 2018.

Special schools funding

Allocation process, model agreements, example allocation statements, revenue for special free schools.

  1. Non-maintained special schools: Model funding agreement

    This is a model EFA funding agreement for non-maintained special schools for the 2016 to 2017 and 2015 to 2016 academic year.

  2. Setting up a new special school

    Guidance and application forms on how to set up a new special free school, and the criteria new school proposers must demonstrate.

  3. Special and AP academies funding allocations: example statement

    An example statement for special and alternative provision academies to help them understand their funding allocations for 2013 to 2014.

  4. Special free school revenue funding

    How we calculate and allocate revenue funding for special free schools in the 2017 to 2018 academic year.

  5. Special post-16 institutions: Model funding agreement

    This is a model EFA funding agreement for special post-16 institutions for the 2016 to 2017 and 2015 to 2016 academic year.