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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 - cost form: 2017 to 2018

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Exceptional learning support - cost form: 2018 to 2019

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

Exceptional learning support (ELS) for 2017 to 2018

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 2018)

You must submit a final claim to Exceptional Learning Support Claims by Wednesday, 25 October 2018. Final claims will require further approval by the ESFA if they are higher than the approved estimated cost.

Exceptional learning support (ELS) for 2018 to 2019

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 as part of the advanced learning loans bursary fund

Further information is available in the adult education budget funding rules 2018 to 2019 and advanced learner loans funding rules 2018 to 2019.

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 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 Learning Support Claims by 24 October 2019

The final ILR return for 2018 to 2019 will be on 17 October 2019.

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

Published 24 February 2014
Last updated 16 July 2018 + show all updates
  1. Added exceptional learning support cost form for 2018 to 2019
  2. Added the exceptional learning support - cost form: 2017 to 2018.
  3. New version of ELS cost form 2016 to 2017 uploaded on 14 October 2016.
  4. Published the 2016 to 2017 exceptional learning support cost form.
  5. Exceptional learning support form for 2015 to 2016 now published.
  6. First published.