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1. Latest information on coronavirus (COVID-19)
The coronavirus outbreak is a rapidly unfolding situation and we acknowledge the huge impact it is having on the FE sector, individuals as well the economy.
To support colleges and other further education providers effected by coronavirus we have published two new pieces of guidance:
- Coronavirus (COVID-19): apprenticeship programme response
- Coronavirus (COVID-19): maintaining further education provision
DfE have also published guidance about COVID-19 in educational settings for staff, parents and carers, pupils and students on GOV.UK. Please check GOV.UK regularly for updates.
We are continuing to work closely with the sector to monitor the situation and consider any further action which may be required.
2. Information: revenue funding allocation statements for 2020 to 2021
Last week we issued 16 to 19 revenue funding allocation statements for special post-16 institutions and non-maintained special schools to ESFA Information Exchange. Your allocation includes a breakdown of our calculation and we have published a short video and guidance to help you understand your allocation statement. You can find your file in the ESFA Information Exchange in the Document Exchange ‘Revenue Funding’ folder, under ‘AY 2020-21 (2020/21)’.
The deadline for business cases is Thursday 30 April 2020 and we aim to communicate outcomes by the end of June. However, we know that providers are working through exceptional circumstances due to COVID-19 and this might make it difficult to meet the deadline. We will consider cases received after the deadline and aim to let you know the outcomes as soon as we are able. However, for some of the more complex or late cases you might receive decisions from July onwards.
We will apply minimum thresholds to decide whether we will consider your case. Please review the thresholds before submitting your business case.
3. Information: final qualification achievement rates (QAR)
We will publish your final QAR 2018 to 2019 data tomorrow on Thursday 26 March. All the data will be available through:
- the View Your Education Data portal
- the National Achievement Rate Tables (these will be published at 9:30am)
The QAR webpage provides details about this data release and accessing the dashboard. To access the data, please ensure you have the correct IDAMS user access. Please see the IDAMS user guides for creating access or checking your user permissions.
If you have any questions, please contact us using our online enquiry form.