Funding guidance for young people: ILR funding returns

Advice about individualised learner record (ILR) funding returns for institutions funded by the ESFA.


ILR Funding Returns 2016 to 2017 - Annex C - Contract Institution Reconciliation

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Colleges, providers, schools and academies receive annual funding allocations from the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) for provision of 16 to 19 education.

These documents give advice about individualised learner record (ILR) returns for institutions funded by the ESFA. It is important for all institutions that we fund to carry out data recording checks each year.

Funding advice in respect of 2017 to 2018 19+ continuing students

Since the academic year 2017 to 2018, we have funded students aged 19 or over on 31 August through the 16 to 19 allocation if they were continuing a programme they began aged 16 to 18 in FE colleges and Independent Learning Providers (ILPs). These are now shown on Row D of your 16 to 19 study programme Funding claim report 2017 to 2018.

The following information is important and explains the funding arrangements for 19+ continuing students on your ILR reconciliation statements for 2017 to 2018. As these are new arrangements, your allocation and out-turn values are shown differently.

  • the allocation for 19+ continuing students is shown separately in the Summary of Allocation box and then in Table 2 on row 2.7
  • the out-turn for 19+ continuing student is shown on the 16 to 19 Study Programme Funding claim report in Row D and the student numbers are then added to those in Rows B and C to produce overall student numbers by Funding Band as your funding out-turn

Table 1, rows 1.1 to 1.7 on your statement, show the student numbers total outturn which lead to the values in the final column headed Base Student Funding outturn.

Table 3 combines the funded allocation and funding out-turn values. It includes the calculation of the funding variance and any reconciliation payment adjustment will therefore include the allocation and out-turn for 19+ continuing students.

We have not ring-fenced either the funded allocation or the funding outturn and we have used the combined figures for all funding variance and reconciliation calculations.

If you have any questions about this, please contact us using our online enquiry form.

The cash reduction made to 2017 to 2018 allocations for students who did not meet the condition of funding in 2015 to 2016 is also being applied to institutions funded out-turn in 2017 to 2018. This ensures those institutions who are subject to funding reconciliation are treated equally in respect of the condition of funding as those who are not subject to reconciliation. This approach ensures that the funding removed from 2017 to 2018 allocations through non-compliance with the condition of funding for some students in 2015 to 2016 cannot be offset by delivery in 2017 to 2018. This deduction will not affect the calculation of lagged funding allocation values for 2018 to 2019.

You will also find our published funding guidance books useful.

How to return the ESFA final funding claim

This ESFA has merged the 16 to 19 final claim with the adult funding claim process from 2017 to 2018 and all ILR funded institutions should refer to the webpage below for advice on returning final claims from 2017 to 2018.

Advice on how to return the ESFA final funding claim is available on GOV.UK.

Published 10 March 2014
Last updated 20 August 2018 + show all updates
  1. To help explain our guidance we have added a powerpoint presentation on ILR funding returns for 2018 to 2019.
  2. The advice for Individualised learner record (ILR) funding returns 2018 to 2019 and 16 to 19 funding claim data checks for 2017 to 2018 and 2018 to 2019 has been added.
  3. The ILR funding returns guidance for 2017 to 2018 and slide presentation has been added
  4. An additional note for the R10 reconciliation statements for 2016 to 2017 academic year has been added.
  5. IRL funding returns for 2016 to 2017 has now been added and also an updated Annex C contract institution reconciliation document
  6. ILR funding returns for 2015 to 2016 added
  7. Updated version of Individualised Learner Record (ILR) Funding Returns 2014 to 2015 and IRL Funding Returns 2014 to 2015 Annex C added
  8. First published.