ESFA Update local authorities: June 22, 2022

1. Action: The School-Led Tutoring Year-End Declaration Form is now online

The School-Led Tutoring: Year-End Declaration Form is now online. You will need to complete this form if you received funding for school-led tutoring.

The deadline for submission is Friday, September 16, 2022 at 6:00 p.m.

We have published tips to help you complete the form.

You can find out more about the School-Led Tutoring Grant on GOV.UK.

2. Action: Register now to deliver the T-Levels and T-Level Bridging Program for the 2024-2025 academic year

The registration portal opened earlier this year to allow providers who do not currently issue T-Levels to register their T-Level intentions for the 2024-2025 academic year.

We encourage vendors to register by July 29, 2022 to access all of the implementation planning assistance offered and to be eligible for T-level capital funding.

Suppliers will need a DfE login account to register and only suppliers who are not already registered to provide T Levels should apply.

The registration portal and supporting guidance can be accessed at GOV.UK. Suppliers can register until midnight on March 24, 2023, which is slightly earlier than originally planned, but it will now be closed before registration opens for the T-tier 2025 delivery at the end of March 2023.

3. Reminder: community staffing statement after 16 years for fiscal year 2021 to 2022

Local authorities are required to submit their signed post-16 grant statement in the template issued to all local authority chief financial officers with a copy to chief executives by May 31, 2022, via email to [email protected] uk before June 30, 2022.

4. Information: student bonus allocations for 2022 to 2023

We have published the updated pupil bonus allocations for the first quarter of fiscal year 2022 to 2023.

5. Information: Universal Free School Meals (UIFSM) 2021 to 2022 and 2022 to 2023

We have now released the final UIFSM allocations for the 2021 to 2022 academic year for each school.

We have also published the provisional endowments for the 2022-2023 academic year.

6. Information: Coronavirus (COVID-19) 16 to 19 Tuition Tips 2022 to 2023

We have updated our tuition guidelines for Coronavirus (COVID-19) 16-19 with more information on the mid-year and year-end reporting process.

  • We have provided additional information on semi-annual reports and confirmed that we will publish a digital form and guidance for collecting this information in January 2023.
  • We have provided additional information on year-end reporting and confirmed that we will release a digital form and guidance for collecting this information in October 2023.

If you have any questions, please contact us using ESFA’s online inquiry form.

seven. Information: Expected year-end funding request 2021 to 2022 – indicative reconciliation statements

We will upload your indicative year-end reconciliation statement(s) through Manage Your Education and Skills Funding (MYESF) for the following funding streams. Our goal is to complete this by Friday July 1st.

  • Grant Funded – Adult Education Budget (AEB) funded by ESFA (Adult Skills, Community Learning, 19-24 Internships and National Skills Fund, Level 3 Adult Provision)
  • funded grant – Advanced Learner Loan Bursary (ALLB)

You don’t have to do anything at this point. These statements are indicative and based on your recent expected year-end claims report, so you are aware of any potential impact before we issue your final reconciliation statements in November 2022.

If applicable, we will indicate any funding tracking return errors in your indicative reconciliation statement. This is how you are aware of the potential impact before the final claims reconciliation statements.

If you have any questions, please contact the Service Desk or your territory team.

8. Information: modification of payment dates from August 2022

Beginning in August 2022, we are combining payment dates for grant-funded adult programs and 16-19 funding.

Currently, adult grants are paid on the 14th business day and will transition to the 18th calendar day or the first business day before:

  • adult education budget (funded by grants)
  • Advanced Learner Loan Bursary (Grant Funded)

In August 2022, payments will arrive in bank accounts on the same date (August 18), however, in September adult grant funding will be released on September 16 instead of September 20.

If you receive both adult funding and 16-19 funding, these will be paid together and, if applicable, offset against each other when processing payments.

If you have any questions, please contact the inquiry service.

9. Information: First application for National Skills Fund – June 2022

We will shortly be conducting a review of National Skills Funding (NSF) contracted under the ESFA-funded Adult Education Budget (AEB) contracts.

All suppliers of purchased AEB service contracts can apply for an initial NSF grant funded by ESFA up to a maximum of £45,000.

Full details are available in the application form. The deadline for submission is July 13, 2022 at 5 p.m.

If you have any questions about this process, please contact your Territorial Team Leader.

ten. Information: 16 to 19 additional hours in study programs

We’ve updated our 16-19 Overtime in Curriculum Guidance with more information on baseline data and year-end reporting.

Basic data :

  • you will find your data in the document exchange
  • we will use your data to compare it to your planned hours recorded during the 2022 to 2023 academic year, as explained in our guidance

Year-end report:

  • we have provided additional information on year-end reporting and confirmed that we will release a digital form and guidance for collecting this information in October 2023
  • we’ll tell you more later

If you have any questions, please contact us using ESFA’s online inquiry form.

We are introducing a new online toolkit for European Social Fund (ESF) providers to use for future performance review points until the end of service contracts in March 2023. The toolkit will replace the spreadsheet currently used at performance review points and can be accessed via Submit Learner Data. To ensure a smooth transition, please ensure that all relevant staff have the required IDAMS user roles to access learner submission data. User roles can be added or edited by your organization’s super user.

A webinar will take place at 2:30 p.m. on July 19, 2022 to present the new online toolkit and more information on this will be provided soon via your ESF advisor.

12. Information: Exam Results and Taking the Next Step 101: Local Webinars for Parents and Guardians

With the end of exam period, many students are preparing to take the next step towards further university studies or work, which we know can be confusing and seem a little daunting.

Throughout the summer, the National Careers Service is hosting a series of webinars for parents and guardians of young people awaiting their exam results in August. This is a fantastic chance for parents and guardians to find out more about how to support their children with advice on choices and careers, information on helpful sources, tips for results day and a question-and-answer session with a panel of experts. The webinar program is available online.

Please share this information with parents and students who may benefit from this support.

13. Information: Join these webinars on DfE-approved frameworks and see how you could save money for your school

The Department of Education (DfE) is running webinars on how using our approved frameworks could help your school get value for money.

If you are responsible for purchasing goods and services for your schools, check out the range of informative webinars that could help you save time and money.

All sessions are free, use these Eventbrite links to join the Schools Sales Team and take the opportunity to ask vendors any questions you may have about:

Follow our LinkedIn Buy for Schools page to learn more about how we can help your school buy goods and services.

14. Information: take part in the Commonwealth Games

Birmingham 2022 has invited all schools to take part in their ‘Bring the Power’ youth program and create their own school festival day.

School activity can take place on any day that suits them before the end of the summer term. We recommend that the day be co-designed by pupils with anything from introductory assemblies to sports days, or existing school events such as Sport England school games or Sport Relief events.

Sign up to access the Bring the Power pack full of downloadable resources, which are separate for primary and secondary schools.

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