In September 2009, the Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF) commissioned Mouchel Management Consulting to undertake a Study into the Costs and Funding of Diplomas at Key Stage 4. This research built upon previous work undertaken by Mouchel in 2008.
The key objective of the research was to develop a more detailed understanding of funding models, consortia delivery costs (including a specific focus upon transport costs and practice), the scope for efficiencies, and the likely system costs out to 2013. The research was also intended to assist the former DCSF in coming to a view on the funding requirement for diplomas in 2010-11.
The research involved structured face-to-face interviews with local authority 14-19 leads, transport officers and children’s services finance officers primarily, in addition to seeking wider views from schools and colleges, where possible. Initial visits took place to all 30 authorities, with more detailed follow-up work on costing and transport then taking place with a smaller sample of eleven and five authorities respectively.