Guidance

16 to 19 education: funding guidance

Rules and guidance for using post-16 funding allocated by ESFA.

Overview

Colleges, providers, schools and academies receive annual funding allocations from Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) for the provision of 16 to 19 education.

Information about the procedures involved in allocating funding can be found on the 16 to 19 funding allocations page.

An overview of 16 to 19 funding is available on GOV.UK. This includes how funding is calculated using the ESFA funding formula that incorporates factors including student numbers, student retention, higher cost subjects, disadvantaged students and area costs.

This is supplemented by additional funding for high needs students, bursaries and other financial support awarded to individual students and, currently, transitional protection and formula protection funding (FPF) to take into account changes from previous funding arrangements.

Below, you can find a set of guidance documents for each year that all post-16 education institutions receiving ESFA formula funding should comply with.

16 to 19 maths and English conditions of funding

Information on the condition of funding for 16 to 19 students without GCSE grade 9 to 4, A* to C or equivalent qualification in maths and/or English is available on GOV.UK.

Information for institutions 2018 to 2019

Funding regulations 2018 to 2019

The funding regulations guide for 2018 to 2019 provides the funding principles, rules on eligibility, and other regulations used in the 16 to 19 funding model.

Rates and formula

The rates and formula guide for 2018 to 2019 provides information on the funding rates and formula used for 16 to 19 funding calculation.

Individualised learner record (ILR) funding returns

The ILR funding returns guide for 2018 to 2019 gives technical advice on making final funding claims. It sets out the reconciliation process for contract institutions.

This document will not apply to schools and academies returning data through the school census.

Sub-contracting controls 2018 to 2019

The sub-contracting controls guide for 2018 to 2019 sets out ESFA compliance and control requirements and advice for all directly funded institutions that use third parties to deliver provision.

Information for institutions 2017 to 2018

Funding regulations 2017 to 2018

The funding regulations guide for 2017 to 2018 provides the funding principles, rules on eligibility, and other regulations used in the 16 to 19 funding model.

Rates and formula

The rates and formula guide for 2017 to 2018 provides information on the funding rates and formula used for 16 to 19 funding calculation.

Individualised learner record (ILR) funding returns

The ILR funding returns guide for 2017 to 2018 gives technical advice on making final funding claims. It also sets out the reconciliation process for contract institutions.

This document will not apply to schools and academies returning data through the school census.

Sub-contracting controls 2017 to 2018

The sub-contracting controls guide for 2017 to 2018 sets out ESFA compliance and control requirements and advice for all directly funded institutions that use third parties to deliver provision.

Information for institutions 2016 to 2017

Funding guidance for young people 2016 to 2017

Information for institutions 2015 to 2016

Funding guidance for young people 2015 to 2016

Model contract for services/funding agreements

Informing ESFA about serious safeguarding incidents

ESFA has included new safeguarding clauses in the funding agreements and contracts for 2017 to 2018. Further information about these new safeguarding clauses are available in this update. Informing ESFA about serious safeguarding incidents (PDF, 223KB, 2 pages)

Additional resources for institutions

The document the process for seeking young people’s funding for qualifications describes the process involved in seeking public funding in England for the delivery of a qualification to students up to the age of 19 years old.

Funding guidance presentations

ESFA has developed presentations for institutions to use internally to audiences who are required to understand the funding procedures and guidance. These cover:

Funding guidance for previous years

You can access funding guidance for previous academic years in the National Archives.

Current advice on recording planned hours

The latest information on planned hours is available on GOV.UK.

Published 10 March 2014
Last updated 21 June 2018 + show all updates
  1. Links to 2018 to 2019 16 to 19 funding guidance documents have been added.
  2. Information for institutions for academic year 2018 to 2019 has been added.
  3. Information added about new clauses in the 2017 to 2018 post-16 funding agreements and contracts in respect of requirements to report safeguarding incidents.
  4. The sub-contracting controls 2016 to 2017 section has been updated
  5. information on ILR funding return for 2015 to 2016 has been added
  6. 2014 to 2015 Sub Contracting guidance added
  7. First published.