ESFA Update local authorities: March 31, 2021

2. Information: updates of grant allocations to dedicated schools (DSG) from 2021 to 2022 and number of places with high needs

We updated the postDSG grants for 2021 to 2022 to be taken into account for recovery data for fiscal year 2021 to 2022. More information is available athow we calculate DSG recoverywhen maintained, schools become academies. The update also takes into account the update number of places with high needs for the academic year 2020 to 2021 and thenumber of places with high needs for the academic year 2021-2022.

3. Information: coherent financial reporting framework 2021 to 2022

We published the coherent financial reporting framework from 2021 to 2022.

The framework provides guidance to schools on collecting information on their income and expenditure by fiscal year.

4. Information: 16 to 19 funding allocation statements for 2021 to 2022

We have now sent the 16-19 allocation statements for 2021-2022, with the exception of a small number of establishments that are closing or have not provided the necessary data. We communicated with these institutions separately.

We have also sent local authorities a summary of the 16 to 19 funding for the schools maintained and the 16 to 19 students funded in all the establishments in their area.

The statements can be found in the Revenue Funding Package (2021/22) in the Exchange of Information Exchange Document section.

5. Information: Condition Data Collection (CDC) 2

Many thanks for your support of the CDC program.

We now need to update the data collected on the condition of schools, which will help us target future school investments in England. To do this, we are launching our successor program, CDC2. CDC2 will operate for a period of 5 years, from April 2021 to March 2026. CDC2 will be similar to CDC and will collect additional information on type of construction, asbestos, energy consumption and property management.

You will be contacted by a survey organization during the program to organize a preliminary virtual meeting, which will gather general information about the building, and a site visit to collect data on the condition of the building.

More information on CDC2 is available on GOV.UK.

6. Information: reforms of early career executives (ECF)

From September, the statutory integration of new teachers will change as part of the reforms of the early career framework (ECF). Subject to parliamentary procedure, all early career teachers in England who complete a statutory initiation will be entitled to 2 years of high quality professional development support based on the ECF.

If your school offers legal integration, you will need to replace your current integration process. There is a range of support available to ensure you can meet this requirement, including a new funded training and support program.

On March 25, the Ministry of Education released statutory induction guidelines to help schools prepare for these changes. Further guidance for the appropriate bodies to support schools in their integration is now also available.

From the end of April, the DfE will launch an online service for schools wishing to use a provider appointed by the DfE or material accredited by the DfE to provide the statutory induction. More information, including next steps for schools, will be communicated shortly.

If you would like to receive direct updates from the ministry on FEC reforms, please complete this form.

7. Information: obtain funding and support to set up a digital education platform

The Ministry of Education has extended its digital education platform program for an additional 12 months. This means that state-funded schools and colleges in England will still have the option to apply for government-funded support to set up on a digital distance learning platform and claim your grant until the end. March 2022. With over 7,000 schools and colleges applying for the program and recognizing the long-term benefits of a platform, it is important that the program remains open to give other schools and colleges the opportunity to apply.

Learn more about the programand find out how a school is making the most of its distance learning platform.

8. Information: Publication of guides to the student financial assistance system 2021 to 2022

We have published the guides for the student financial assistance system for the academic year 2021 to 2022 for:

You need to make sure you read the guides and are clear about the funding rules that apply to each plan. The Scholarship Fund Guide for 16-19 Year Olds makes it clear that both types of scholarships are designed to help students overcome the individual financial barriers to participation that they face. Institutions should ensure that funds go to those who really need them and should not give a student a fixed or flat rate of funding without an assessment of their real needs. The guide includes a control Listto assess scholarship applications and a ‘do and not do ‘summary of key rules that institutions may find useful.

9. Information: conditions for granting the student bonus for 2021 to 2022

Following our updated in february, we have now published the conditions for granting the student bonus for the 2021 to 2022 fiscal year.

Changes from last year include:

  • The funding of bonuses for students from 2021 to 2022 will be based on the October 2020 census for regular and special schools.
  • From September 2021, schools will be asked to show how their spending decisions are supported by evidence and will need to publish an annual student bonus strategy to ensure funding is targeted to the most disadvantaged students.

We plan to release the allocations in June.

ten. Information: lower reconciliation threshold for providers funded by the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) for the academic year 2020 to 2021

we published more information on the lower reconciliation threshold for the adult education budget funded by ESFA grants and advanced student loan scholarship providers for 2020 to 2021.

If you have any questions, please contact your local ESFA colleague or use our online application form .

11. Information: adult education budget (AEB) funded by ESFA, 16 to 18 internships (for providers without funding aged 16 to 19) and advanced student loan allocations (ALL) for 2021 to 2022

We will confirm the allocations for the AEB funded by ESFA, internships from 16 to 18 (for providers without funding from 16 to 19) and ALL allocations for the funding year 2021 to 2022 from April 7 toManage your education and skills funding.

For AEB in particular, given the varying impact of COVID-19 on skills delivery this year and last year, we can confirm that the 2021-2022 vendor allocations will remain the same as 2020-2021 – with all necessary adjustments for the impact of decentralization and to remove allocations that were only valid for one year. This is the most equitable approach to enable providers to support the local economic recovery over the coming year.

12. Information: financing rate and orientation of the formula for 2021 to 2022

We published the financing rate and advice on the formulafor the academic year 2021 to 2022.

We have made the following updates:

  • introduction now includes provisions related to coronavirus (COVID-19)
  • retention: the funding methodology temporarily uses an average retention factor
  • 2019 Multiple Deprivation Index (MDI): The funding methodology now uses the 2019 index rather than the one used in 2015
  • exceptional growth during the year: we have made minor additions to clarify which suppliers are eligible for growth and to declare that we have the power to recover growth premiums
  • formula protection funding: we no longer pay formula protection funding

13. Information: Conditions for granting academic mentors from the National Tutoring Program (PNT)

We have now released the Conditions of PNT academic mentorsfor the subsidy paid by ESFA for the mentor’s salary costs.

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