16-19 Statutory Guidance

We have issued updated guidance to describe and outline the system for funding 16-19 education and training provision for the 2012/13 academic year.

The guidance has been reviewed by YPLA as part of its remit from the Secretary of State. The new version has been produced following meetings and discussions with the Local Government Association (LGA), the Association of Directors of Children's Services (ADCS), provider representative bodies and various other stakeholders.

The approach to funding learners with LDD in 2012/13 will be confirmed as soon as possible taking into account the issues raised in the consultation on school funding reform published on 19th July 2011.

You can download the Statutory Guidance: Funding Arrangements for 16-19 Education and Training and the YPLA remit letter below:

From April 2012, the new Education Funding Agency (EFA), an executive agency of the Department for Education (DfE) subject to the passage of the Education Bill, will take forward the YPLA responsibilities set out in this guidance. The EFA will have responsibility for the direct funding of the growing number of Academies and Free Schools and all 16-19 provision. This will include the funding of 16-19 provision in general further education colleges, sixth form colleges and independent provision. The EFA will also distribute resources to local authorities for them to pass on, as now, to those schools which are not Academies.

16-19 Education and Training: Addressing Gaps in Provision

The YPLA Statutory Guidance: Funding Arrangements for 16-19 Education and Training for 2012/13 states that local authorities are responsible for securing provision which meets the needs of all young people – especially those who would otherwise not be in education, employment or training – and takes into account the needs of employers.

In the vast majority of cases, the lagged learner number funding approach will ensure that the needs of learners are met, especially since this approach ensures that providers that deliver additional places in year will be funded for those learners in the following year. However, as the Statutory Guidance indicates, there may be a small number of exceptions where lagged numbers and local response are not sufficient to meet learner needs.

We have therefore put in place for 2012/13 a simple process to help address exceptional gaps whilst the lagged learner number funding approach beds in.

Local authorities may identify through their own analysis of data provided by us and their own local knowledge, that some young people cannot have their needs met through the current provision offer. In the course of reviewing and moderating any data, we will consider progress towards 100% participation, predicted growth in school cohort numbers and the percentages and numbers in the NEET group.

Supporting data is available at the links below:

A document containing information for local authorities on the process, including the timeline and a form for recording evidence on gaps for submission to the YPLA is available.

For any queries, please contact your Territorial team.

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