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