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Funding education for 16- to 19-year-olds

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

The Education 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 EFA 16 to 19 funding.

  1. EFA e-bulletin: 15 September 2016 (issue 141)

    • Guidance
  2. 16 to 19 funding: funding for academic year 2016 to 2017

    • Correspondence

16 to 19 funding: how it works

The EFA 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

    • Detailed guide

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 EFA formula funding should comply with.

  1. 16 to 19 education: funding guidance

    • Detailed guide
  2. 16 to 19 funding: large programme uplift

    • Detailed guide

16 to 19 funding: study programmes

The EFA 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

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

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

    • Detailed guide

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

    • Detailed guide

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

    • Detailed guide
  2. Post-16 funding allocations supporting documents for 2016 to 2017

    • Guidance
  3. Post-16 funding allocations supporting documents for 2015 to 2016

    • 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 in 2016 to 2017 academic year

    • Detailed guide

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 Skills Funding Agency .

  1. High needs funding allocations for the academic year 2015 to 2016

    • Detailed guide
  2. 16 to 25 high needs: funding principles for 2015 to 2016

    • Detailed guide

16 to 19 funding: market entry

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

  1. 16 to 19 education: market entry

    • Detailed guide

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

    • Detailed guide
  2. Advice for young people: 2016 to 2017 16 to 19 Bursary Fund guide

    • Detailed guide
  3. Specialist residential institutions offering residential bursary fund: academic year 2016 to 2017

    • Detailed guide
  4. Specialist residential institutions offering residential bursary fund: academic year 2016 to 2017

    • Detailed guide
  5. 16 to 18 Residential Support Scheme for academic year 2016 to 2017

    • Detailed guide
  6. 16 to 18 education: free meals for academic year 2016 to 2017

    • Detailed guide
  7. 16 to 18 Residential Bursary Fund guide: 2016 to 2017 academic year

    • Detailed guide
  8. Care to Learn guide for institutions: academic year 2016 to 2017

    • Detailed guide
  9. 16 to 19 Bursary Fund guide: 2016 to 2017

    • Detailed guide
  10. Dance and Drama Awards guide for academic year 2016 to 2017

    • Detailed guide

16 to 19: accountability

Information about the intervention actions available to the Education Funding Agency.

  1. 16 to 19 education: accountability

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

    • Detailed guide

Delivering traineeships through EFA funding

Education Funding Agency (EFA) funds traineeships through institutions having a contract/grant funding agreement. The following information is designed to support institutions in understanding traineeships for the 2015 to 2016 academic year.

  1. Delivering traineeships through EFA funding

    • Detailed guide

Specialist programmes

Information about programmes for delivering specialist 16 to 19 education.

  1. Youth Contract: 16- and 17-year-olds

    • Guidance

16 to 19 education: commercial and charitable providers

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

  1. 16 to 19 education: commercial and charitable providers

    • Detailed guide