Further education funding

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


  1. Advanced learner loans facility requests

    Use the form to submit requests for a new facility or loans bursary for the 2019 to 2020 funding year.

  2. Further education area reviews: transition grants

    How sixth-form and further education colleges can apply for transition grants to support significant changes recommended in area reviews.

  3. Exceptional learning support - cost form

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

  4. SFA capital funding: evaluation documents

    Colleges that have received capital funding from the Skills Funding Agency must complete these forms.

  5. Sixth-form college capital transactions: forms

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

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Guidance and regulation

  1. Universal Credit and students
  2. Condition Improvement Fund
  3. Apprenticeship funding rules
  4. Apprenticeship funding bands
  5. Adult education budget (AEB) funding rules 2019 to 2020
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News and communications

  1. ESFA Update: 13 May 2020
  2. ESFA Update: 6 May 2020
  3. ESFA Update: 29 April 2020
  4. ESFA Update: 22 April 2020
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Research and statistics

  1. Community learning
  2. Cost and outreach pilot evaluation: interim findings
  3. Strategic college improvement fund pilot: self-evaluations
  4. Post-18 review of education and funding: independent panel report
  5. Further education (FE) workforce programme evaluation
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Policy papers and consultations

  1. Apprenticeship funding reform in England: payment mechanisms and funding principles
  2. 16 to 19 discretionary bursary fund allocations methodology: equality assessment
  3. Review of post-18 education and funding: terms of reference
  4. Skills funding letter: April 2017 to March 2018
  5. 2010 to 2015 government policy: further education and training
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Transparency and freedom of information releases

  1. Adult Education Budget (AEB) postcode files
  2. List of declared subcontractors
  3. Funding allocations to training providers: 2019 to 2020
  4. 16 to 19 allocation data: 2019 to 2020 academic year
  5. Funding allocations to training providers: 2018 to 2019
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