The Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) funds education and training for 16 to 19 year olds through institutions such as schools and academies with sixth-forms, further education colleges, special post-16 institutions (SPI), Independent Learning Providers (ILPs) and special schools. We also fund some private institutions such as those specialising in the arts for example dance and drama. Young people aged up to 25 who have a education, health and care plan (EHCP) are funded as if they are aged 16 to 19.
This section explains how we:
- calculate 16 to 19 funding
- the rules you should follow in spending the funding, and
- audit and other contractual requirements
We also provide information on our different student support funds, as well as information about specialist programmes that are currently running.
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