All providers, other stakeholders and local authorities that receive Education Funding Agency (EFA) formula funding for the provision of 16 to 19 education in 2012/13 should comply with this guidance.
The guidance documents for 2011/12 are available on this website. Guidance documents for 2010/11 and earlier years can be accessed on the National Archives website.
Version 1 of the funding regulations document, published in June 2012, provides the funding principles, rules on eligibility and regulations used in the 16 to 19 funding model. The document also includes sub-contracting provision controls guidance, previously published as a separate document.
Version 1 of the rates and formula document, published in June 2012, provides information on the funding formula used in the 16 to 19 funding model, and the elements that make it up: standard learner number (SLN) values, national funding rates and provider factors.
Version 1 of ILR funding returns published in June 2012 includes the detailed technical advice on mid-year and year-end estimates, final funding claims and the final claim reconciliation process for contract providers. The EFA is reviewing this advice in order to streamline the process for providers, and further advice on the revised claim and validation timetable for 2012/13 will be issued through both the e-Bulletin and this web page shortly.
In the meantime, please note that providers are now not required to return any Annex B mid-year estimates to the EFA this month. All providers must make sure they have updated their ILR R06 data to include all known learner activity through the ILR data portal by 6 February 2013.
Guidance on low cost ALS is contained within the other funding books above for 2012/13. These documents have been updated in September 2012 to include any direct payment that providers release to the local authority for learners in the direct payments pilot scheme.
For high cost ALS learners (defined as those with costs above £5500) the following documents are available:
The funding guidance for young people web-link annex contains the various web links in the funding guidance documents and is published in July 2012.
All providers, other stakeholders and local authorities that receive EFA formula funding for young people should comply with the funding guidance for young people 2012/14 . This document, published in July 2012, enables providers to print the contractual funding guidance, using the individual document links within this document, as a single document.
This document, published on 26 January 2012, uses the data from the LR04 returns for 2010/11 to inform decisions for 2012/13.
This briefing note outlines changes made to funding rates for level 2 and 3 CSkills diplomas, and gives information on how to correctly complete the ILR when learners progress from a relevant lower level diploma.
The EFA has agreed changes to the SLN values for some individual learning aims, based on analysis of the ILR data from 2010/11. This note, when published, lists the changes.
This sets out the most likely weighting factor for learning aims, as determined either by subject (A levels and GCSEs) or by the aim’s LearnDirect Classification System (LDCS) code.
This, published on 15 August 2012, describes the processes and organisations involved in the qualification journey from when a qualification is regulated by Ofqual to acquiring approval under section 96 and funding information is published on the Learning Aim Reference Application (LARA).
Complementary funding guidance presentations
Three presentations are now available from July 2012 that are intended to assist those using the funding guidance documents for 2012/13.
The funding regulations - Section 7 is the sub-contractor/partner provider form referred to in funding regulations Section 7 paragraph 235.
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Distribution of guided learning hours by learning aim.
Excel, 7 Mb
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Word 2007 / Office Open XML, 69 Kb
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Word 2007 / Office Open XML, 36 Kb
Processes and organisations involved in the qualification journey from when a qualification is regulated by Ofqual to acquiring approval under section 96 and funding information is published on the Learning Aim Reference Application (LARA).
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ALS costs form (above £5500)
Word 2007 / Office Open XML, 48 Kb
Guidance on how to complete the ALS costs form for over £5500
Word 2007 / Office Open XML, 66 Kb
Information and guidance on the Education Funding Agency (EFA) funding policy.