Exceptional learning support - cost form

Use these forms to submit estimated costs and final claims for exceptional learning support.


Exceptional learning support - cost form: 2017 to 2018

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The 2017 to 2018 cost form is for providers and employers. It must be used to submit estimated and final costs for the 2017 to 2018 funding year for each learner whose learning support costs exceed £19,000.

Learners who require support costs of more than £19,000 will be reviewed on an individual basis.

This includes:

  • learners aged 19 and over with an identified Learning Difficulty and/or Disability (LDD) aged 19+ without an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHC Plan)

  • apprentices up to the age of 24 without an EHC plan and all age apprentices, including those without an EHC plan, with an identified LDD

  • advanced learner loans-funded learners with an identified LDD as part of the advanced learner loans bursary fund

Further information is available in the adult education budget funding rules 2017 to 2018.

You must:

  • submit exceptional learning support claims at the beginning of the learner’s programme by completing and sending the ELS costs form to Exceptional Learning Support Claims

  • gain agreement from the ESFA for each learner whose support costs more than £19,000 in a funding year by emailing Exceptional Learning Support Claims, we will confirm in writing once the form is completed

  • get further agreement if the learner’s support needs change significantly during their learning by submitting an updated cost form

  • submit a final claim for learners’ ELS no later than 2 working days after the final ILR return for 2017 to 2018 (Thursday, 19 October)

You must submit a final claim to Exceptional Learning Support Claims by Wednesday, 25 October. Final claims will require further approval by the ESFA if they are higher than the approved estimated cost.

Published 24 February 2014
Last updated 25 July 2017 + show all updates
  1. Added the exceptional learning support - cost form: 2017 to 2018.
  2. New version of ELS cost form 2016 to 2017 uploaded on 14 October 2016.
  3. Published the 2016 to 2017 exceptional learning support cost form.
  4. Exceptional learning support form for 2015 to 2016 now published.
  5. First published.