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16 to 19 education: commercial and charitable providers
Information for commercial and charitable providers (CCPs) funded by ESFA.
Information for commercial and charitable providers
This page provides information for commercial and charitable providers (CCPs) who receive Education and Skill Funding Agency (ESFA) formula funding for the provision of 16 to 19 education.
ESFA directly funds colleges, providers, schools, academies and independent specialist providers for the provision of education and training to students aged 16 to 19 (or are aged 19 to 24 and have an Education Heath and Care Plan (EHCP). Every year ESFA reviews the procedures for prospective providers of education to be recognised and receive funding.
In December each year, ESFA issue the details of the funding factors that will be used to calculate each CCPs’ funding allocation for the following year.
This is followed by an allocation statement in March, which is the final funding allocation for 16 to 19 students, high needs students aged 16 to 24 and bursary funding.
Further information about funding allocations can be found on GOV.UK.
All providers, other stakeholders and local authorities that receive ESFA formula funding for the provision of 16 to 19 education should comply with the funding guidance.
The funding guidance includes funding regulations, rates and formula, individualised learner record (ILR) returns and reconciliation arrangements, sub-contracting controls and other supporting information.
Funding reconciliation and in-year growth
CCPs with an ESFA contract are subject to adjustments for under-performance and over-performance.
Further information on current funding reconciliation is available in ILR Return guidance.
We have produced a presentation explaining funding reconciliation.
Information on funding reconciliation for previous years is available in the ILR Return guidance.
High needs students
The latest information on the high-needs funding reforms for young people aged 16 to 25 is available on GOV.UK.
Financial support for students
You can find information about financial support for students that help young people participate in education and training, including the 16 to 19 Bursary Fund, on GOV.UK.
Financial assurance and the Joint Audit Code of Practice
The Joint Audit Code of Practice (JACOP) describes the framework through ESFA ensure 16 to 19 education providers are accountable and have robust audit arrangements. It explains governance, audit and assurance responsibilities for a range of providers, including CCPs.
ESFA developed the JACOP jointly, with consultation taking place through the Association of Colleges and Sixth Form Colleges Association.
Audit approach for 16 to 19 study programmes
ESFA has published the standard approach to undertaking funding audits for 16 to 19 study programmes. The audit approach applies directly to CCPs.
A traineeship runs for a maximum of 6 months and is designed to help young people who are focused on getting an apprenticeship or sustainable job, but who do not yet have the skills or experience to compete successfully for vacancies.
Further information about traineeships is available on GOV.UK.
Additional resources for CCPs
Market entry policy
The ESFA’s market entry policy can be found on GOV.UK.
Maths and English condition of funding
Information on maths and English condition of funding is available on GOV.UK and CCPs need to ensure they are compliant.
CCP performance data
The commercial and charitable providers funding data for the latest full year which contains information on the funding allocations, funded outturn and reconciliation figures for those commercial and charitable providers funded under contracts.
MS Excel Spreadsheet, 58.3KB
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Published: 10 March 2014
Updated: 13 July 2017
- Commercial and charitable providers funding data 2015 to 2016 has been added.
- General update to page
- Powerpoint presentation on CCP funding reconciliation 2014 to 2015 added
- Updated funding reconciliation and in-year growth section
- First published.