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Funding education for 16- to 19-year-olds

Information for post-16 education institutions funded by Education and Skills Funding Agency explaining the funding system.

The Education and Skills Funding Agency funds education and training for 16 to 18 year olds through institutions such as schools and academies with sixth-forms, Further Education institutions, Commercial and Charitable Providers (CCPs) and special schools. We also fund some private institutions such as those specialising in the arts such as dance and drama. Young people aged up to 25 who have a Education Health and Care Plan are funded as if they are aged 16 to 18.

This section explains how we calculate the funding, the rules you should follow in spending the funding, audit and other contractual requirements. There are details of our different student support funds, as well as information about specialist programmes that are currently running.

16 to 19 funding: news

Latest news and developments about ESFA 16 to 19 funding.

  1. 16 to 19 funding: funding for academic year 2017 to 2018

    • Correspondence
  2. ESFA e-bulletin: 28 September 2017 (issue 189)

    • Correspondence

16 to 19 funding: how it works

The ESFA funds study programmes for all 16 to 19 year olds. Study programmes are individually designed for each young person so they can achieve their aspirations for sustainable paid work, further or higher education, an apprenticeship or a traineeship. This section explains how 16 to 19 funding works.

  1. 16 to 19 Funding: how it works

    • Guidance

16 to 19 funding: funding guidance

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

  1. 16 to 19 education: funding guidance

    • Guidance
  2. Section 96 - Qualifications

    • Guidance
  3. 16 to 19 funding: large programme uplift

    • Guidance

16 to 19 funding: study programmes

The ESFA funds study programmes for all 16 to 19 year olds. Study programmes are individually designed for each young person so they can achieve their aspirations for sustainable paid work, further or higher education, or an apprenticeship. We also fund traineeships which are study programmes with work experience, and we fund apprenticeships.

  1. 16 to 19 funding study programmes: work experience

    • Guidance
  2. 16 to 19 funding: planned hours in study programmes

    • Guidance
  3. 16 to 19 Funding: core aims in study programmes

    • Guidance

16 to 19 funding: maths and English condition of funding

Students who do not have a grade A* to C GCSE in maths or in English are required to study these subjects. Students with grade D GCSE have to study GCSE.

Students are exempt from studying maths and English if they have an Education Health and & Care Plan (EHCP) and an individual assessment, or an overseas qualification equivalent to GCSE grade C.

  1. 16 to 19 funding: maths and English condition of funding

    • Guidance

Work placements

Information for post-16 institutions for work placement capacity and delivery funding.

  1. Work placements – capacity and delivery fund from April 2018 to July 2019

    • Guidance
  2. Work Placement Capacity and Delivery Fund: principles for high quality work placements

    • Guidance

16 to 19 funding: allocations to institutions

Information for colleges, providers, schools and academies about their 16 to 19 funding allocations.

  1. 16 to 19 education: funding allocations

    • Guidance
  2. Post-16 funding allocations supporting documents for 2017 to 2018

    • Guidance

14- to 16-year-olds in FE and sixth-form colleges

Students aged 14- to 16-years-old are able to directly enrol at further education and sixth-form colleges to study high-quality vocational qualifications alongside general qualifications including English and mathematics within the Key Stage 4 curriculum. Students and parents can find details of participating colleges on the ‘enrolment of 14- to 16-year-olds in full-time further education’ page of GOV.UK.

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

    • Guidance

16 up to 24 year olds with high needs

Information on high needs funding for local authorities and institutions, including academies, for students aged 16 to 18, or 19 to 25 with a education, health and care plan (EHCP) is available on GOV.UK. Guidance for young people with high needs aged 19 and above without an EHCP is available from the Education and Skills Funding Agency .

  1. High needs funding arrangements: 2018 to 2019

    • Guidance
  2. High needs funding arrangements: 2017 to 2018

    • Guidance

16 to 19 funding: market entry

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

  1. 16 to 19 education: market entry

    • Guidance

16 to 19 funding: funding students

Government funds a number of schemes that provide financial support for young people to help them participate in education and training. These ‘student support’ schemes can help eligible young people with the costs of their education. The schemes are:

  1. 16 to 19 education: financial support for students

    • Guidance
  2. Advice for young people: 16 to 19 Bursary Fund guide

    • Guidance
  3. Specialist residential institutions offering residential bursary fund: academic year 2017 to 2018

    • Guidance
  4. 16 to 19 Bursary Fund guide: 2017 to 2018 academic year

    • Guidance
  5. 16 to 18 Residential Support Scheme for academic year 2017 to 2018

    • Guidance
  6. 16 to 18 education: free meals in further education for academic year 2017 to 2018

    • Guidance
  7. 16 to 18 Residential Bursary Fund guide: 2017 to 2018 academic year

    • Guidance
  8. Care to Learn guide for institutions: academic year 2017 to 2018

    • Guidance
  9. Dance and Drama Awards guide for 2017 to 2018 academic year

    • Guidance
  10. Dance and drama awards: income scales

    • Guidance

16 to 19: accountability

Information about the intervention actions available to the ESFA.

  1. ESFA Post-16: intervention and accountability

    • Guidance
  2. 16 to 19 education: financial management and assurance

    • Guidance

Delivering traineeships through ESFA funding

ESFA funds traineeships through institutions having a contract/grant funding agreement. The following information is designed to support institutions in understanding traineeships for the 2017 to 2018 academic year.

  1. Delivering 16 to 18 traineeships through ESFA funding

    • Guidance

16 to 19 education: commercial and charitable providers

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

  1. 16 to 19 education: commercial and charitable providers

    • Guidance