Further education funding

Agreements and allocations, performance management rules, funding bands, process for seeking funding.

General information and guidance

  1. 16 to 19 education: commercial and charitable providers

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

  2. 16 to 19 education: funding allocations

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

  3. 16 to 19 education: funding guidance

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

  4. 16 to 19 education: market entry

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

  5. 16 to 19 funding study programmes: work experience

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

  6. 16 to 19 Funding: how it works

    An overview of the 16 to 19 funding formula.

  7. 16 to 19 funding: large programme uplift

    Information on the large programme uplift

  8. 16 to 19 funding: maths and English condition of funding

    Information for institutions on maths and English condition of funding.

  9. 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.

  10. 16 to 19 provision: audit approach

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

  11. 18 to 21 work skills pilot: specification

    ITT specification for the 18 to 21 work skills pilot: testing online and blended English and maths for benefits claimants.

  12. Advanced learner loans funding rules 2017 to 2018

    Sets out the rules for provision funded by learners through advanced learner loans.

  13. Advice: funding regulations for post-16 provision

    Advice about post-16 funding regulations.

  14. 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.

  15. ESFA financial health assessment

    Sets out how the ESFA assesses the financial health of non-college training organisations that it holds or may hold a contract with.

  16. ESFA: funding rates and formula

    The funding system and rates that the Education and Skills Funding Agency has used to approve qualifications for public funding.

  17. ESOL: English language requirements - update from the SFA and DWP

    For training providers and job centres that have been identified as likely to see increased demand for English language training.

  18. Exceptional learning support - cost form

    Use these forms to submit estimated costs and final claims for exceptional learning support.

  19. Financial accountability arrangements for colleges planning a merger

    Information on the introduction of a number of special financial accountability arrangements to support colleges merging as part of the area review programme.

  20. Formula protection funding

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

  21. Full-time enrolment of 14- to 16-year-olds in further education and sixth-form colleges

    Information for further education and sixth-form colleges when directly enrolling 14- to 16-year-olds for academic year 2017 to 2018.

  22. Funding allocations and performance management for FE providers

    Provides performance management rules, guidance on the funding claims process and funding year contract values.

  23. 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.

  24. Funding rates and formula

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

  25. Further education colleges: financial intervention and exceptional support

    How the department will protect students when a further education college seeks exceptional financial support.

  26. Further education funding: structure and prospects appraisals guidance

    Guidance for further education colleges on undertaking a structure and prospects appraisal.

  27. General further education colleges and specialist colleges: Model funding agreement

    This is a model EFA funding agreement for general further education colleges and specialist colleges for the 2016 to 2017 and 2015 to 2016 academic year.

  28. Local Enterprise Partnerships: increasing their influence on skills budgets

    Information on how LEPs can influence the use of skills budgets in their localities.

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

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

  30. SFA funding rules

    The rules that apply to all further education provision funded by the Skills Funding Agency (SFA).

  31. SFA funding rules: 2015 to 2016

    Sets out the rules for providers who receive funding from the SFA to offer education and skills training for 2015 to 2016.

  32. SFA funding rules: 2016 to 2017

    The rules that apply to all further education provision funded by the Skills Funding Agency (SFA).

  33. SFA non-regulated provision: funded provision

    Information about what non-regulated provision will be funded by the Skills Funding Agency for the funding year 2014 to 2015.

  34. SFA: register of training organisations

    This series brings together documents relating to registering with the SFA, so you can tender for funding to provide education and training.

  35. Sixth-form colleges: Model funding agreement

    This is a model EFA funding agreement for sixth-form colleges for the 2016 to 2017 and 2015 to 2016 academic year.

  36. 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.

  37. Subcontracting: using funding to offer education and training

    Subcontracting SFA funding, the information you need to send, what is a subcontractor and who is on the subcontracting list.

  38. 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.

  39. Working with the ESFA as a provider

    Information about getting ESFA funding to deliver adult education and apprenticeship training.

Administering student funding

Guidance and advice on 16 to 19 Bursary Fund, Advanced Learner Loan, Care to Learn, 16 to 18 Residential Support Scheme.

  1. 16 to 18 Residential Bursary Fund guide: 2017 to 2018 academic year

    This guide provides information for institutions with 16 to 18 Residential Bursary Fund (RBF) allocations in the 2017 to 2018 academic year.

  2. 16 to 18 Residential Support Scheme for academic year 2017 to 2018

    This guide is for all institutions with a 16 to 18 Residential Support Scheme (RSS) allocation in the 2017 to 2018 academic year.

  3. 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.

  4. 16 to 19 Bursary Fund: local authority audit guide

    A non-mandatory audit guide for LA’s to gain assurance that institutions are administering the 16 to 19 Bursary Fund correctly.

  5. 16 to 19 education: financial support for students

    Advice for institutions on the financial support young people may be able to access to help them participate in education and training.

  6. Advanced learner loans: an overview

    Information for colleges, training organisations and employers about advanced learner loans.

  7. Advanced learner loans: funding information letter templates

    Templates and guidance for colleges and training organisations to use to provide data information to prospective learners.

  8. Advanced learner loans: offenders in custody

    Information for use with offenders in custody who are considering applying for an advanced learner loan.

  9. Advanced learner loans: toolkit for training providers

    A toolkit to support providers looking to create, establish or grow provision funded by advanced learner loans.

  10. 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.

Adult education funding

Budget funding and performance management rules, changes to the adult education budget.

  1. Adult education budget funding and performance management rules 2017 to 2018

    Sets out the rules that apply to all adult education budget (AEB) funded provision for the 2017 to 2018 funding year.

  2. Changes to the adult education budget for 2016 to 2017

    Summarises the changes the SFA plans to make to the adult skills system with the creation of the education budget following the publication of the Skills Funding Letter.

  3. Further education: flexible learning fund

    How learning providers, employers and other organisations can apply for funding to develop flexible and accessible methods of teaching adults.

  4. Minimum standards 2016 to 2017: apprenticeships, AEB and ALL

    How the ESFA will apply minimum standards for 2016 to 2017 to all age apprenticeships and adult (19+) education and training.

Apprenticeships funding

Register of training providers, how funding works for employers, legal agreement, grants, check employers' eligibility.

  1. Apprenticeship funding: legal agreement for training providers

    Training provider agreement with the Skills Funding Agency (SFA) to pay training providers to carry out apprenticeship training.

  2. Apprenticeship grant: employer declaration and agreement

    Information about the grant for training organisations to help check employers' eligibility.

  3. Distribution of 2014 to 2015 non-apprenticeship delivery

    Data showing proportion of delivery within provider’s local authority and region.

  4. Facilities for apprenticeship grant for employers: financial year 2015 to 2016

    Information for training organisations about their apprenticeship grant for employers (AGE) facility.

  5. How to register and use the apprenticeship service as a training provider

    Sign in or register to add and approve apprentices for funding.

  6. How to take on an apprentice

    Information about how apprenticeship funding works for employers who want to take on an apprentice.

  7. Minimum standards 2016 to 2017: apprenticeships, AEB and ALL

    How the ESFA will apply minimum standards for 2016 to 2017 to all age apprenticeships and adult (19+) education and training.

  8. Register of apprenticeship training providers

    Organisations that are approved to deliver apprenticeship training for employers using the apprenticeship service.

Dance and drama funding for 16 to 19 year olds

National income scales for students applying for funding. Eligibility, income assessment, allocations, governance.

  1. Dance and Drama Awards guide for 2017 to 2018 academic year

    Advice for Dance and Drama Award institutions for the 2017 to 2018 academic year.

  2. Dance and drama awards: income scales

    Education Funding Agency national income scales for students applying for dance and drama awards funding for 2016 to 2017 and 2017 and 2018 academic years.

European Social Fund (ESF) and skills funding

List of ESF contracts for 2014 to 2020 programme. Funding rules, state aid regulations, contact details for training providers.

  1. ESF 2014 to 2020 programme – list of contracts

    List of European Social Fund (ESF) contracts for the 2014 to 2020 programme that are managed by the SFA in its role as an ESF opt-in organisation.

  2. ESF funding rules

    Sets out the rules for funding the 2014 to 2020 European Social Fund (ESF) programme.

  3. ESF: programme summaries

    Contact details for colleges and training providers with contracts to provide training and support through the European Social Fund (ESF).

Free meals for 16 to 18 year olds

For disadvantaged students in further education (FE) funded institutions. Eligibility criteria, allocations and payments, governance.

  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.

Further education buildings and land

Capital funding for colleges and training organisations. Condition Improvement Fund, forms for capital transactions in sixth-form colleges.

  1. Capital funding: for FE colleges and training organisations

    How to apply for funding to improve the estate, facilities and equipment of FE colleges and approved training organisations.

  2. Capital transactions: sixth-form colleges

    Statutory guidance setting out the responsibilities of sixth-form colleges (SFCs) regarding capital transactions.

  3. Condition Improvement Fund

    Information for academies and sixth-form colleges about the Condition Improvement Fund (CIF).

  4. Condition Improvement Fund (CIF): outcome of appeals 2016 to 2017

    This page contains the list of successful appeals for CIF 2016 to 2017 and information for those with unsuccessful projects

  5. Condition Improvement Fund: 2015 to 2016 outcome

    Information about the outcome of the Condition Improvement Fund (CIF) 2015 to 2016.

  6. Condition Improvement Fund: 2016 to 2017 outcome

    Information for schools and sixth-form colleges about the outcome of the Condition Improvement Fund (CIF) 2016 to 2017.

  7. School capital funding allocations

    School condition allocations (SCA) and devolved formula capital (DFC) allocations up to 2019, including the healthy pupils capital funding for 2018 to 2019.

  8. Sixth-form college building condition improvement fund

    Information and forms relating to the application process for the sixth-form college 2014 to 2015 building condition improvement fund.

  9. Sixth-form college capital transactions: forms

    Forms SF1 (significant disposals) and SFC2 (significant acquisitions) for capital transactions in sixth-form colleges.

Further education funding data

Individual learner record (ILR): final funding claims, funding returns. Complying with the Code of Practice for Official Statistics.

  1. Funding guidance for young people: ILR funding returns

    Advice about individualised learner record (ILR) funding returns for institutions funded by the ESFA.

  2. How to return ILR final funding claims to the ESFA

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

  3. SFR: compliance with official statistics code of practice

    Information for users on compliance with the Code of Practice for Official Statistics and management of revisions to the SFR