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Funding education for 16- to 19-year-olds

Information for 16 to 19 education institutions funded by Education and Skills Funding Agency explaining the funding system.

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.

16 to 19 funding: news

Latest news and developments about ESFA 16 to 19 funding.

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

All 16 to 19 education institutions receiving ESFA formula funding should comply with the following guidance documents.

  1. 16 to 19 funding: advanced maths premium

    • Guidance
  2. Section 96 - Qualifications

    • Guidance
  3. 16 to 19 education: funding guidance

    • Guidance
  4. 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.

16 to 19 funding: maths and English condition of funding

Students who do not have a GCSE grade 9 to 4, A* to C or equivalent qualification in maths and/or in English are required to study these subjects. Students with grade 3 or D GCSE have to study GCSE.

Students are exempt from studying maths and English if they have an EHC and an individual assessment, or an overseas qualification equivalent to GCSE grade 4 or C.

Work placements

Information for 16 to 19 institutions for work placement capacity and delivery funding.

16 to 19 funding: allocations to institutions

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

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.

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 an EHCP is available on GOV.UK. Guidance for young people with high needs aged 19 and above without an EHCP is also available .

16 to 19 funding: market entry

Information about how to get ESFA funding for 16 to 19 education and training.

  1. 16 to 19 education: market entry

    • Guidance

16 to 19 funding: funding students

We fund 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 funding: free meals in further education funded institutions for 2018 to 2019

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

    • Guidance
  3. 16 to 19 Bursary Fund guide: 2018 to 2019 academic year

    • Guidance
  4. 16 to 18 Residential Support Scheme for academic year 2018 to 2019

    • Guidance
  5. Care to Learn guide for institutions: academic year 2018 to 2019

    • Guidance
  6. Dance and Drama Awards guide for 2018 to 2019 academic year

    • Guidance
  7. 16 to 19 education: financial support for students

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

    • Guidance
  9. 16 to 19 Bursary Fund guide: 2017 to 2018 academic year

    • Guidance
  10. 16 to 18 Residential Support Scheme for academic year 2017 to 2018

    • Guidance
  11. 16 to 18 education: free meals in further education for academic year 2017 to 2018

    • Guidance
  12. 16 to 18 Residential Bursary Fund guide: 2017 to 2018 academic year

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

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

    • Guidance
  15. Dance and drama awards: income scales

    • Guidance

16 to 19: accountability

Information about the intervention actions available to the ESFA.

Delivering traineeships through ESFA funding

We fund 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.

16 to 19 education: independent learning providers

Information for Independent Learning Providers (ILPs) funded by ESFA.

Published 10 March 2014