ESFA Update continuing education: May 18, 2022

1. Action: Apply for a grant to train a senior mental health officer

This financial year, a further two-thirds of all eligible institutions in England will have the opportunity to benefit from quality training for mental health managers, supported by an additional £7 million in training grants.

We have published guidance on how to access and apply for your grant.

For more information about the grant, read the Senior Mental Health Training Manager guidelines.

2. Action: review of post-16 qualifications at level 3 and below in England

We have published a tentative list of qualifications for which funding approval will be removed for 16-19 year olds from 1 August 2024 and the process for certifying bodies (CBs) to appeal the decision to remove funding.

In the second stage consultation of post-16 qualifications exam at level 3 and belowthe Department for Education has announced plans to remove funding approval for 16-19 year olds from qualifications which overlap with T-levels. Indeed, we believe the rigor of T-levels means they offer the best overall preparation for students to enter skilled employment, and are therefore the right choice for most 16-19 year olds wishing to follow a technical route.

We have also published guidelines on appeals, which explain how awarding organizations can submit an appeal to us to explain why funding approval should be retained for individual qualifications. Appeals will only be accepted by awarding organizations and must be submitted by 5 p.m. on Friday July 8, 2022.

Contracting organizations can access additional support by attending a webinar on the appeals process on Thursday, May 26 from 2-4 p.m. You can submit all your questions and register your interest in the webinar.

3. Reminder: Coronavirus (COVID-19) 16 to 19 Tuition Claim Form 2022 to 2023

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Tuition Fund Form 16 to 19 2022 to 2023 is online.

The deadline for submission is Friday, May 27, 2022 at 11:59 p.m.

We have published tips to help you access and complete the form.

You can learn more in the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Tuition Fund Guidelines 16 to 19 2022 to 2023.

4. Reminder: expected year-end funding request for 2021 to 2022

The year-end provisional funding request window will open at 9:00 a.m. on Friday, June 10, 2022. Please submit your year-end funding request by 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 15, 2022. The application form will be available at Submit learner data.
You will need to submit a claim if you receive funds through these contracts:

  • Grant Funded – ESFA Adult Education Budget (AEB) (Adult Skills, Community Learning, Internships 19-24 and NSF Level 3 Adult Offer (for learners aged 23 or less))
  • Grant Funded – ESFA NSF Level 3 Adult Offer (for learners aged 24 or over)
  • funded grant – Advanced Learner Loan Bursary (ALLB)
  • 16 to 19 education

For more information, please see the 2021-2022 Funding Application Guidelines. A user guide helps you complete the form.

Once you have submitted your complaint, you will also be able to view it on the Manage your education and skills funding.

If you have any questions, please Contact us.

5. Reminder: update of the course directory with the apprenticeship training offer

Under the Learning agreementMajor apprenticeship training providers are required to provide up-to-date information, via Publish to the Course Directory, on the apprenticeships they offer that are funded by ESFA.

Course directory data and information is shared with employers when they use ESFA’s Find Apprenticeship Training online search function, to find apprenticeship standards and identify approved providers who can deliver training.

Find Apprenticeship Training provides information to employers about a training provider’s organization and their apprenticeship offering, including the geographies they cover, helping to inform employer choice. It is important that this information is up to date so that employers and ESFA have an accurate view of the coverage of apprenticeship provision for all apprenticeships.

To ensure compliance with your apprenticeship contract, we ask all service providers to ensure that their information is up-to-date and complete. You can add new learnings, edit and update existing learnings, and remove those that you no longer offer via Publish to Course Directory.

You may also find it useful to read the guidance on submitting your apprenticeship training offer via Publish to Course Directory.

6. Reminder: The Coronavirus (COVID-19) Workforce Fund Application Form is Open

Eligible schools and colleges can now submit a claim for the cost of absences incurred between Monday, November 22, 2021 and Friday, April 8, 2022.

We have published advice on how to complete the complaint form.

The deadline to submit a claim is Tuesday, May 24, 2022 at 11:59 p.m.

More information on the COVID-19 workforce fund can be found in our guidance for schools and colleges.

We have released an updated College Financial Benchmarking Tool with data from higher education and 2020-2021 sixth-grade college financial records, submitted to ESFA by May 10, 2021. tool allows colleges to compare their performance with others in the sector.

We have also released the college accounts dataset for 2020 to 2021 based on financial records.

8. Information: Removed role from Manage Your Education Funding and Skills service

The vendor support user role in Manage Your Education & Skills Funding is redundant and we will be removing it shortly. If you only have this role, you will no longer be able to log in. There are no changes for the other roles.

If you have any questions, please contact the Help Center.

9. Information: latest update on EQA reform progress

Considerable progress has been made with the transition from quality assurance reforms to learning assessment with external quality assurance (EQA) of over 270 apprenticeships covering around 95% of apprentices transitioning to Ofqual.

By the end of May, a total of 272 apprenticeships previously overseen by the former Institute for Apprenticeship and Technical Education (IfATE) EQA service will have moved to Ofqual, covering over 95% of apprentices.

This means Ofqual will provide an EQA for at least 470 apprenticeships in total – taking into account those it already regulates.

IfATE will provide a temporary, free, in-house consulting and quality assurance solution for around 40 apprenticeships that will not be transferred by the end of May. This will ensure that final evaluation (EPA) can continue and that quality will be maintained. For any enquiries, advice or requests for further information regarding the temporary service, please contact IfATE.

The second phase of the transition process covers Final Assessment Organizations (EPAOs) whose EQA provider service was previously provided by a professional body. Their first applications must be submitted by May 16, 2022, and it is expected that the transfer process will be concluded by December 31, 2022, in accordance with the program published in October 2021.

EPAOs already recognized by Ofqual, who wish to expand their scope to include other standards, should continue to submit them as soon as possible and there is no limit to the number of times an EPAO can request the recognition.

ten. Information: Adult Education Budget (AEB) funding rules updated 2021 to 2022: National Skills Fund Tier 3 offer for learners aged 19-23

The performance management section of the funding rules clarifies the use of LDM code 378, to record the delivery of learners aged 19-23 for all National Skills Fund Tier 3 offerings when submitting ILR data.

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