About us

The ESFA brings together the former responsibilities of the Education Funding Agency (EFA) and Skills Funding Agency (SFA) to create a single agency accountable for funding education and skills for children, young people and adults.


  • is accountable for £58 billion of funding for the education and training sector, providing assurance that public funds are properly spent, achieves value for money for the tax payer and delivers the policies and priorities set by the Secretary of State
  • regulates academies, further education and sixth-form colleges, and training providers, intervening where there is risk of failure or where there is evidence of mismanagement of public funds
  • delivers major projects and operates key services in the education and skills sector, such as the National Careers Service, the National Apprenticeship Service and the Learning Records Service

ESFA Vision

To support, develop and fund world-class education and skills provision for every learner to reach their potential, regardless of background.

ESFA Mission

To improve education and skills through excellent policy design, operational delivery, expert funding and effective market oversight.

The ESFA business plan for the financial year 2019 to 2020 sets out the priorities and actions for the agency.

ESFA aims to continuously improve the services we offer in pursuit of excellence. To help us do this we have a customer commitment. It shows you, our customers, how you can expect to see us work. It also helps us to increase our understanding of your needs and focus our work.

ESFA customer commitment (PDF, 117 KB, 1 page)

You can find information about the employment offer when working at the Department for Education (DfE).

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