Exceptional funding independent review 2012 to 2013: desk instructions

This document is for the attention of local authorities that need assistance with their learner files submissions.

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This information relates to 2012 to 2013.



The purpose of this document is to set out the requirements for submission of learner files for placements under consideration by local authorities where costs are £35,000 above the highest Education Funding Agency (EFA) independent specialist provider funding band (£103,829 residential and £80,247 day).

The independent review of exceptional funding was implemented by the Learning and Skills Council (LSC) during the 2008 to 2009 academic year as part of a suite of budgetary controls; agreed and monitored by the Department for Education (DfE and continued during 2010 to 2011 and 2011 to 2012 by the Young People’s Learning Agency (YPLA).

Departmental approval was granted for the EFA to continue the exceptional funding review for the 2012 to 2013 academic year. The threshold for review will be retained at £35,000 above the highest EFA published funding bands (£103,829 residential / £80,247 day).


  • purpose
  • introduction and background
  • review process
  • review findings
  • placements in scope for review
  • decision making process
  • process for submission of files
  • 2012/13 review evaluation
  • contact details
Published 1 April 2012