ESFA Update continuing education: June 8, 2022

1. 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:

  • Funded Grant – ESFA Budget for Adult Education (AEB) (Adult Skills, Community Learning, Internships 19-24 and NSF Level 3 Adult Offer (for learners aged 23 or under))
  • 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 guidelines on applying for funding 2021-2022. The user guide to help you complete the form is available on GOV.UK.

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 use our help Center to contact us.

2. Reminder: financing of local authorities in great need: operational guide survey 2022 to 2023

We would like to gather user feedback on the content and format of the current High Needs Funding Operational Guide: 2022-2023. We will use feedback received from the survey to inform and shape future releases of the guide.

You can access the survey and submit your responses by June 27, 2022. Please note that this survey is voluntary.

The survey should take approximately 10 minutes to complete.

If you have any questions, please contact us by email at [email protected]

Thank you in advance for your participation and contributions – the opinions of our audience are important to us and will help improve the accessibility of future publications.

3. Information: Adult Education Budget (AEB) funding rate and guidance formula for 2022 to 2023

We have released version 1 of the AEB 2022 to 2023 funding rates and formula. There are no major changes to the funding system from the year 2021 to 2022. The only minor change to the guidance document is :

  • we have removed references to high value courses for school and college leavers: a one-year offer for 18 and 19 year olds, as you had to complete the delivery of these courses by March 31, 2022 at the during the 2021 to 2022 funding year.

If you have any questions, please contact us using our form.

4. Information: Collecting Data on the Continuing Education (CE) Workforce

Last year, we launched FE workforce data collection to:

  • provide a better understanding of the implications of government policy reforms and their impact on the composition of staff and their specialties, for example the impact of the introduction of T-levels
  • provide a better understanding of compensation in the sector, such as the impact of compensation on staff recruitment, the gender pay gap, underfunding in the sector compared to other sectors in the education
  • reveal skills gaps in the sector and model skills gaps and their impacts.

In its first year, participation in collection was voluntary, but from September 2022 filing a report is mandatory for all eligible providers. This collection will allow us to build reliable data sets to help design effective and impactful policy to support the sector in the future.

We will publish the results in spring 2023, for the benefit of providers and key stakeholders, such as Ofsted and industry representatives.

Collection for the 2021 to 2022 academic year will open on September 12, 2022 and close on November 25, 2022.

There are a few changes for this year:

  • we will collect a sub-role under the existing Primary Leader, Manager, Teacher, Support and Admin roles for each staff member
  • a new data element to capture if the staff member had a salary increase in the 2021 to 2022 academic year.
  • a new data element to capture whether the staff member has benefited from participating in DfE programs in the 2021 to 2022 academic year.

Revised documents have been published on GOV.UK:

  • FE 2021 to 2022 Manpower Personnel Record Specification
  • FE Workforce Data Collection Schema
  • Example of personnel data

Other documents requiring an update will be published later.

5. Information: graduation rate

We have now published the following documents for the Qualification Completion Rates (QARs) 2021 to 2022 on GOV.UK:

  • graduation rate business rules 2021 to 2022
  • apprenticeship graduation rate technical specification 2021 to 2022
  • internship graduation rate technical specification 2021 to 2022
  • education and training qualification completion rate technical specification 2021 to 2022

These documents provide technical information on how we produce the QAR dataset and should be read in conjunction with the Business Rules, which explain the methodology for calculating QARs for 2021 to 2022.

As stated in the Business Rules, we will share in-year QAR data with suppliers via the View your education data portal. Before accessing the data, please ensure that you have the correct IDAMS user access. The IDAMS User Guides provide details on creating access or verifying your user permissions.

If you have any questions, please contact us using our online application form.

6. Information: Flexi-Job apprenticeship agencies

In February 2022, we launched the Flexi-Job Apprenticeship Agency Registry. Flexi-Job apprenticeship agencies enable employers in sectors with project-based employment models, such as creative, construction and digital, to use apprenticeship much more.

Flexi-Job apprenticeship agencies recruit and employ apprentices and place them with host companies. These agencies understand their sectors and regions and have identified the barriers that have prevented employers from engaging in apprenticeships.

Agencies have started recruiting apprentices and if you would like more information please contact the agencies using the contact details on the register.

seven. Information: a new way to collect feedback from apprentices

We launched a new feature allowing apprentices to provide feedback on their training. Allowing you to gather information to help you further develop your training program.

Your apprentices can now give anonymous feedback from their My apprentice account.

The apprentice will be asked to agree or disagree with 12 questions in the feedback survey. They will then be asked to rate their training from “excellent” to “very poor”.

Your apprentices can start giving their opinion 3 months after the start of their training and can update it every 3 weeks.

As a training provider, you will be able to view your apprentices’ comments in Find Apprenticeship Training once 10 apprentices have responded.

Employers and apprentices will also be able to view your performance ratings. This new feedback feature will be invaluable in helping you deliver the best training possible.

If you need additional help using the learning service, visit our help portal where you can access help articles.

8. Information: Keeping Children Safe in Education (KCSIE) 2022

The revised version of Keeping children safe in education (KCSIE), for implementation from September 1, 2022, is now available.

The Department publishes the guidelines in advance to allow administrators to plan ahead and ensure that any changes to the statutory guidelines can be reflected in policies, procedures and training before the guidelines are issued. uploaded. Administrators are reminded that their child protection policy should be reviewed annually (at a minimum) and updated as necessary, so that it is kept up to date with protection issues as they emerge and evolve, including lessons learned.

9. Information: Launch of the Top 100 Apprenticeship Employers 2022

We are happy to announce that the Top 100 Apprenticeship Employers for 2022 – the annual ranking of England’s Outstanding Apprenticeship Employers, produced by the Department for Education – will be launched on a special 90-minute live broadcast, from 2.30pm on Wednesday June 29.

Register now to watch the show – and find out which employers are the Top 100 Apprenticeship Employers and Top 50 Small Business Apprenticeship Employers for 2022.

ten. Information: National Apprenticeship Awards 2022

The National Apprenticeship Awards 2022 are now open for applications! Back for its 19th year, the National Apprenticeship Awards are a fantastic opportunity to showcase apprentices, employers and champions who have gone above and beyond.

Entries for the awards are open June 6 through July 1, 2022. Entry for the awards is free and all entries must be made through our application site.

Nine face-to-face regional ceremonies will take place in October 2022, with the national ceremony taking place on Wednesday, November 30.

Visit our website for learn more about the National Apprenticeship Awards.
In the meantime, join the conversation on Twitter using @Apprenticeships and #AppAwards22.

11. Information: National Learning Week 2023

The Department of Education is pleased to announce that the sixteenth National Learning Week will take place February 6-12, 2023.

National Learning Week is an annual week-long celebration of learning, showcasing the impact and benefits that learning can have on communities, local businesses and regional economies.

The week will also be an opportunity to promote other skills pathways on offer and the benefits they bring to businesses and learners, including T-levels and internships.

Show your support and build excitement for National Learning Week 2023 by sharing the dates through your social media and start planning your own #NAW2023 activity.