The 16-19 Bursary Fund is their to support students and pupils with the costs of their educations such as clothing, equipment or transport. The Bursary Fund is designed to support
two distinct groups of students:
- Discretionary Award - Students and pupils who might struggle to meet the cost of their studies at school or college. The criteria for these awards is at the discretion of schools and colleges who must set out student eligibility for the Bursary
Fund in their own policies.
- Vulnerable Groups Award - Students and pupils who fall into one of several catogories of 'vulnerable groups' who have an entitlement to support from the Bursary
Allocations and Claims for vulnerable groups
Institutions are notified of their discretionary allocation of the Bursary Fund in the Allocation Statement issued each March by the Education Funding Agency (EFA) and this money will be paid to the institution on the same basis as their other EFA funding.
The funding for vulnerable student bursaries is held centrally by the EFA and institutions must complete a
Funding Claim form to draw down the money for any vulnerable students.
Completed forms are submitted to the
Learner Support Service who will pay the money direct to Academies and FE College. Maintained schools will receive their vulnerable groups
Further information and guidance for schools and colleges on how to adminster the Bursary Fund is availlable.
From 2013-14 the 16-19 funding formula changed to reflect developments relating to
Raising the Participation Age and the policy direction set by
Professor Alison Wolf's Review of Vocational Education. This applies to all settings for post-16 education and training, except for Apprenticeships and European funded provision, and
is based on individual
Programmes of Study for 16-19 year olds rather than separate qualification(s).
Department for Education has resources that will support providers in their understanding of the process:
In June 2013 the Education Funding Agency issued a revised
Overview of the 16-19 Funding Formula, which collated all the information available to date on the funding formula and Study Programmes which was followed by a
The EFA has also issued an audit document setting out the
principles for evidencing learner existence and eligibilty from 2013-14.
In October 2014 the EFA wrote to the sector outlining key changes to the 16-19 funding system for 2015/16.
Minimum Standards Post-16
The Department for Education committed, in the
Schools White Paper, "The Importance of Teaching",
to comparable and consistent measures of performance across all post-16 education providers.
A new process for identifying underperformance that will apply to all maintained school and academy sixth forms, 16-19 academies, University Technical Colleges, Studio Schools, sixth-form colleges and general FE colleges is being introduced. The first apllication
of this process will be based upon 2011-12 data.
16-19 Accountability page has a high level overview of this new process, you can also access
details of the methodology being used to calculate the measure and a detailed
Minimum Standards Question and Answer document is also available to support schools and other providers.
During Academic Year 2015-16, students who are receiving additional support as a result of a Learning Difficulty Aassessment (LDA) can ask the Local Authority to undertake a review of their special educational needs (SEN) and any related Health and/or Social
As a college or training provider you can help young people decide whether it is necessary to request an Education, Health and Care needs review.
If it is considered necessary you, as the provider, will need to arrange for the review to take place, invite any professionals, gather evidence, hold the review and submit the relevant paperwork to the Local Authority.
We are currently developing paperwork specifically designed for use with students in post 16 institutions and the following are now available to help you in requesting a reassessment for those students with an LDA:
Converting an LDA to an EHCP
- Request for Information for students with an LDA (pro forma)
- LDA to EHCP Conversion Review form (version 3.0)
- LDA to EHCP Conversion Letter for Students (version 1.0)
Converting a Statement to an EHCP
Annual Review of EHCP
The Law has changed so that from 2015 all young people will have to stay in learning until at least their 18th birthday.
This means that the current Year 11 and all younger students will have to remain in learning until they are at least 18.
This doesn’t mean that all these students have to stay at school after Year 11, but they do have to stay in learning. This includes the options of:
- full-time education, such as school or college
- work-based learning, such as an apprenticeship
- part-time education or training if they are employed, self-employed or volunteering for more than 20 hours a week.
Young people currently get free education until they are 19 and it is important that they make plans for how they will progress post 16 to achieve their goals and make the most of their entitlement while their education is still free.
We have written to
all the District's secondary schools to bring attention to the Department for Education (DfE) recently published
Careers guidance and inspiration in Schools:
statutory guidance for governing bodies, school leaders and school staff (April 2014).
To assist schools, we have produced
a summary of the guidance which highlights the headline issues and main changes to the previous guidance (March 2013). The summary also indicates further sources of information and contact details for Local Authority staff who can offer assistance in relevant
Significant changes to the previous guidance include:
- An emphasis on the primary role of the governing body in discharging the duty to provide Careers Information Advice and Guidance (CIAG) from year 8 to year 1
- The requirement for schools to secure independent guidance that includes information on the full range of education and training options, including apprenticeships and vocational pathways.
- The requirement to ensure that young people are clear about the duty to participate and what it means for them.
- Notification that Ofsted will take account of the quality of independent advice and guidance when making their judgement on a school’s leadership and management, and will use the DfE’s ‘destination measures’ as a means of informing this judgement.
The new guidance advises schools to work with local authorities to identify those at risk of not participating post-16 to ensure that 16 and 17 year olds have received an offer of a suitable place in post-16 education or training under the September Guarantee.
'Post-16 commissioning statement' for academic year 2014-15 has been produced.
This document takes the council's 14-19 Strategy, "Lifelong Learning, Decent work and Fulfilling Lives" and discusses shared priorities from that across 14-19 stakeholders and is also the policy document that underpins any discussions with national funding
agencies around identified gaps in post-16 provision.
Any gaps could potentially be commissioned by the EFA, their
Market Entry Position Statement of July 2013 has more information on this process.
The Bradford Youth Contract is intended to make a significant difference for vulnerable young people aged 16-17 who are not participating in education, employment or training.
Bradford Youth Contract
offers tailored support from a ‘key worker service’ to help them move into education, apprenticeships or jobs with training. There will be a focus on multi agency working, with a wider remit to identify young people who have not yet
demonstrated serious problematic behaviour but are in danger of doing so through identifying those that drop out quickly and ensure an appropriate support package is put in place. Eligible young people can be referred by any organisation or individual, provided
they fit the eligibility criteria, using the
Youth Contract Referral Form.
Bradford’s approach is to divide the funding into 3 Lots:
The Education Funding Agency has published a
series of wall planners with key dates for data returns, contracting processes and policy announcements/planned updates. There are a number of different versions of the planner available depending on organisational type.
EFA contact details
In addition to the support available from the 14-19 officers at the Council, you can
contact the EFA directly.