Guidance

16 to 19 funding: Level 3 programme maths and English payment

This additional maths and English funding is provided to support the delivery of maths and English to those students on substantial level 3 study programmes (including T Levels) who have not yet attained a grade 9 to 4 GCSE or equivalent in either or both of these subjects.

Outline of the level 3 programme maths and English payment

The purpose of the level 3 programme maths and English payment is to support providers in their delivery of these subjects for students on substantial level 3 study programmes and T Levels.

Having an adequate level of literacy and numeracy is associated with reduced likelihood of economic disadvantage and unemployment.

On 31 August 2019, the Chancellor announced an additional £400m of funding for 16 to 19 education. The announcement set out that:

There will be £35 million to support students on level 3 courses who do not yet have a GCSE maths and English grade 9 to 4 or equivalent, so they can re-sit their exams in these critical subjects.

In summary students aged 16 to 18 on Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) funded study programmes (which include at least 2 A levels or another level 3 qualification of at least 360 Guided Learning Hours (GLH) or are T Level programmes) who have not yet attained a grade 9 to 4 GCSE or equivalent in maths and/or English will attract:

  • a single £750 payment per subject if they are studying a 2 year programme; or
  • a single £375 payment per subject if they are studying a 1 year programme

Funding will first be paid through mainstream 16 to 19 allocations for 2020 to 2021 academic year. These allocations will be based on full year ILR/HESA/School Census data from the 2018 to 2019 academic year.

This additional funding is intended to support students’ participation in substantial level 3 programmes by ensuring providers have the resources to provide extra hours of education or other extra support where needed to deliver maths and/or English alongside level 3 qualifications.

Purpose of this guidance

The purpose of this guidance is to set out the conditions under which ESFA will pay the level 3 programme maths and English payment in the 2020 to 2021 academic year allocations. It covers how funds will be allocated to providers to encourage improvement in maths and English attainment and encourage more students to participate in level 3 study.

Students qualifying for the level 3 programme maths and English payment

Students eligible for ESFA 16 to 19 study programme funding, both full and part time, including T Levels can attract the funding. To attract the funding students will also need to be:

The prior attainment is aligned with the condition of funding requirements and will follow the rules of the condition of funding in 2018 to 2019 for 2020 to 2021 allocations.

Providers covered by the level 3 programme maths and English payment

All schools, colleges and other providers receiving a 16 to 19 study programme allocation from ESFA in both 2020 to 2021 and 2018 to 2019 academic years and having qualifying students will be eligible to receive the additional maths and English funding.

Infrastructure changes such as mergers and demergers will be taken into account as far as practicable.

Providers that did not have an allocation in 2018 to 2019 academic year but do have one in 2020 to 2021 academic year will receive an allocation based on an average factor for their institution type.

Level 3 programme maths and English payment funding rate

The funding will be paid at a rate of £750 per student per subject in which there is no prior attainment of GCSE grade 9 to 4 (in English and maths only) at the start of a 2 year study programme. It will be paid at a rate of £375 per student (in English and maths only) per subject in which there is no prior attainment of GCSE grade 9 to 4 at the start of a one year study programme. Students moving from a one year programme to another one year programme will qualify again if their prior attainment is still below grade 4.

Definition of a one and 2 year study programme

For the purposes of calculating this funding, a 2 year study programme is one that spans 18 months or more. All other study programmes are treated as one year.

How the level 3 programme maths and English payment is calculated and paid

1) The level 3 programme maths and English payment will be calculated by.

Identifying students on a qualifying programme

To count as being on a qualifying programme a student must:

a) be an eligible 16 to 19 student who has passed the funding qualifying period and is in the case of a 2 year programme in the first year of their programme

b) be recorded in the Individualised Learner Record (ILR), Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) data or School Census as not having prior attainment in maths and/or English GCSE grade 9 to 4 or equivalent at the start of their level 3 programme

c) have a qualification other than an A level as their core aim that is level 3 and at least 360 recommended GLH with a start date in the relevant academic year OR have at least 2 A levels* in their programme with a start date in the relevant academic year

We do not count A levels in General Studies or Critical Thinking as these courses are usually delivered in a significantly shorter time frame and over significantly fewer hours compared to other A levels. This is consistent with how we treat these 2 A levels in all parts of the 16 to 19 funding formula.

AS level double awards are not counted A level double awards are treated as 2 A levels

Calculating the number of instances of maths and/or English

A student will attract an instance of funding for each subject in which they do not hold a GCSE grade 9 to 4 or equivalent at the start of their level 3 programme. Those without English or without maths will receive one instance and those without English and without maths will receive 2 instances.

Calculating the number of years payment

For those students meeting the qualifying criteria we attribute a 1 year (£375) or 2 year (£750) funding value to each instance depending on the planned length of the student’s level 3 programme and the student’s completion status at the end of the academic year.

Those students with a planned length of 18 months or more whose completion status at the end of the academic year is continuing will receive 2 years funding (£750 per instance).

Those students with a planned length of 18 months or more whose completion status at the end of the academic year is not continuing will receive 1 years funding (£375 per instance).

Those students with a planned length of less than 18 months will receive 1 years funding (£375 per instance).

Students moving from a one year programme to another one year programme will qualify again if their prior attainment is still below grade 4 at the start of the second programme.

The level 3 programme maths and English payment will be paid within the standard 16 to 19 monthly payments on the usual profile.

Data for the level 3 programme maths and English payment

The normal principles of lagged allocations apply, therefore allocations will be lagged back to the last full year of data - for example data from 2018 to 2019 will be used to inform allocations in 2020 to 2021.

We envisage that 2021 to 2022 allocations will be based on 2019 to 2020 data and 2022 to 2023 allocations will be based on 2020 to 2021 academic year. This encourages providers to enrol more students on qualifying substantial level 3 programmes in the 2020 to 2021 academic year and provides resource to better meet the English and maths needs of these students.

The 16 to 19 funding methodology is reviewed in advance of each academic year; funding is subject to spending review allocations and all funding rates are subject to change.

Audit and monitoring

The level 3 programme maths and English payment will be funded as an integral part of the 16 to 19 National Funding Formula and will be subject, on a sample basis to planned routine assurance reviews, alongside other 16 to 19 study programmes. Our assurance review approach will be developed to focus on areas of funding risk and will supplement data validation or analysis work.

Funding guidance

Further information will be found in the funding regulations and the rates and formula funding guidance for 2020 to 2021 which will be published in 2020.

Queries/contact

Any queries regarding the level 3 programme maths and English payment should be made to:

ESFA enquiries

Contact form https://form.education…

For all enquiries for the Education and Skills Funding Agency

Published 4 November 2019