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.
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.
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.
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.
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 .
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:
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.