Post-16 Funding and Policy

Post-16 Funding and Policy

16-19 Bursary Fund | 16-19 Funding | Minimum Standards 16-19 | Raising the Participation Age | Careers Education Information and Guidance |  Post-16 Commissioning Statement Bradford Youth Contract | EFA business cycleEFA contact details | Post 16 SEND - Reviews & Conversions


16 to 19 Bursary Fund

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 Fund. 

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 apply to draw down the money for any vulnerable students.  

Further information and guidance on how to claim the Bursary Fund is availlable.


16-19 Funding Developments

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).

The 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 September update

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.


Post 16 SEND - Reviews & Conversions of Learning Difficulty Assessments, Statements & Education Health & Care Plans

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 Care needs.

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

  1. Request for Information for students with an LDA (pro forma)
  2. LDA to EHCP Conversion Review form (version 3.0)
  3. LDA to EHCP Conversion Letter for Students (version 1.0)

Converting a Statement to an  EHCP

Annual Review of EHCP

Raising the Participation Age 

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. 


Careers Education Information Advice and Guidance (CEIAG)

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 areas.

 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.  


Bradford Youth Contract

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.

The 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:


EFA Business Cycle

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.

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