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Exceptional learning support - cost form

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

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Exceptional learning support: final cost form for 2019 to 2020

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Exceptional learning support: estimated cost form for 2020 to 2021

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Exceptional learning support (ELS) for 2019 to 2020

The 2019 to 2020 cost form is for providers and employers. It must be used to submit estimated and final costs for the 2019 to 2020 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) without an education, health and care (EHC) plan
  • all age apprentices that have an identified LDD and are with or without an EHC plan
  • advanced loans-funded learners with an identified LDD without an EHC plan as part of the advanced learner loans bursary fund

Further information is available in the adult education budget funding rules 2019 to 2020 and advanced learner loans funding rules 2019 to 2020.

You must:

  • submit exceptional learning support claims at the beginning of the learner’s programme using the ELS costs form
  • gain agreement from ESFA for each learner whose support costs more than £19,000 in a funding year by emailing the ELS costs form to Exceptional.LEARNINGSUPPORTCLAIMS@education.gov.uk - we will confirm in writing once we have approved the claim
  • get further agreement if the learner’s support needs change significantly during their learning by submitting an updated cost form.
  • submit a final claim to Exceptional.LEARNINGSUPPORTCLAIMS@education.gov.uk by 29 October 2020.

The final ILR return for 2019 to 2020 will be on 22 October 2020.

Final claims will require further approval by ESFA if they are higher than the approved estimated cost.

Exceptional learning support (ELS) for 2020 to 2021

The 2020 to 2021 cost form is for providers and employers. It must be used to submit estimated and final costs for the 2020 to 2021 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) without an education, health and care (EHC) plan
  • all age apprentices that have an identified LDD and are with or without an EHC plan
  • advanced loans-funded learners with an identified LDD without an EHC plan as part of the advanced learner loans bursary fund

Further information is available in the adult education budget funding rules 2020 to 2021 and advanced learner loans funding rules 2020 to 2021.

You must:

  • submit exceptional learning support claims at the beginning of the learner’s programme using the ELS costs form
  • gain agreement from the ESFA for each learner whose support costs more than £19,000 in a funding year by submitting the ELS costs form via the ESFA online enquiry form ensuring that you add “20-21 Exceptional Learning Support Claim” in the subject title. You will need to select Contract (19+) as the “Query Type” to enable your query to be transferred to the correct team. We will confirm in writing once we have approved the claim *get further agreement if the learner’s support needs change significantly during their learning by submitting an updated cost form
  • submit a final claim via the ESFA online enquiry form using encryption by 28 October 2021. The final ILR return for 2020 to 2021 will be on 21 October 2021.

Final claims will require further approval by the ESFA if they are higher than the approved estimated cost.

Published 24 February 2014
Last updated 12 August 2020 + show all updates
  1. We have added the final Exceptional Learning Support cost claim form for 2019 and 2020, we have also added the estimated Exceptional Learning Support cost claim form for 2020 to 2021.

  2. We have published the final cost form for 2018 to 2019 and published information on the exceptional learning support process for 2019 to 2020.

  3. Added exceptional learning support cost form for 2018 to 2019

  4. Added the exceptional learning support - cost form: 2017 to 2018.

  5. New version of ELS cost form 2016 to 2017 uploaded on 14 October 2016.

  6. Published the 2016 to 2017 exceptional learning support cost form.

  7. Exceptional learning support form for 2015 to 2016 now published.

  8. First published.