Webinar efa-funding-06-07-12

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Webinar efa-funding-06-07-12

  1. 1. 16-19 Funding Formula Reform – an update 6th July 2012 Nick Linford New 16-19 funding formula – the decision… Consultation ended 4 Jan 2012 Published 2 July (180 days or 4320 hours later) Main decision – funding per learner Around 600 hours for FT & BS rules Funding protection for 3 years PT banding and more to confirmwww.lsect.co.uk 1
  2. 2. The new funding formula National Student Funding Retention Programme Disadvantage Area Cost Numbers Rate per Factor Cost Funding allowance student Weighting Total Programme Funding NFR – determined in December RF – 50% if not retained after 42 days (6 weeks) PWF – Plan for 5 of 6 for main voc qual (TBC) DF – to incorporate data from IMD and ALS AC – South East weighting unchanged from now DfE: What will 600 hours fund? “A basic entitlement of around 600 hours in each of years 12 and 13 will fund a significant programme of study – for example, the equivalent of 4 AS levels and 3 A2s plus around 150 hours of enrichment or tutorial activity.” And part-time?… “We expect the pattern of part time learning to change in line with the requirements for full participation. We will keep this area under review; initially part time students will be funded based on four bands depending on the number of teaching hours for which they enrol” (band values TBC) “As now, the qualifying period will be set at six weeks for programmes of more than 24 weeks and two weeks for all part time students whose programme is due to take less than 24 weeks.”www.lsect.co.uk 2
  3. 3. What the DfE say about English and maths “phased implementation of conditions of funding” - In future all students will be expected to take or work towards GCSE A*-C in English and/or maths as part of their Study Programme if they have not already achieved this. It should be a level higher than a student’s prior attainment. - Funding conditions will enforce the inclusion of English and maths in Study Programmes. - Where GCSE A*-C is not attainable within the time of the Study Programme, students can initially take other English or maths qualifications that would help them achieve GCSE over a longer period of time e.g. Functional Skills and Free Standing Maths Qualifications (FSMQs). - Students with the most complex learning difficulties or disabilities might be better served by other types of English and maths teaching that support progression to higher levels in these subjects and prepare them for employment. - From September 2012, apprentices who have not yet achieved level 2 English and maths will have the opportunity to study these subjects to this level, through GCSE or Functional Skills. Three year transitional protection Where applicable the current transitional protection (from 2008/09 reform) will overlap with a new three academic year transitional protection (‘Formula Protection Funding’) that starts from 2013/14 But “It should be noted that the Formula Protection Funding will protect against losses in funding per student caused by the changes set out in this document but it will not protect changes caused by other factors e.g. declines in retention rates, shifts in the mix and balance of provision away from programmes attracting a high programme weight and reductions in the numbers of students attracting ALS.” Sounds complicated to calculate?....www.lsect.co.uk 3
  4. 4. The DfE say the benefits of the changes are.. The DfE say: “This will free up institutions to provide more demanding programmes which meet the individual needs of young people currently not well-served – especially those on low level vocational courses which are not well-regarded by employers and do not lead anywhere. The current formula is opaque and complex – Alison Wolf commented that this ‘is the only country, to the best of my knowledge, where institutions routinely spend money attending workshops which explain the latest wrinkles in the funding formula and how best to exploit these.’ The new system will be significantly simpler and will remove some of the data and audit systems required to feed the formula, including, for full-time students, the detailed recording of hours.. Funding reform will free up schools, colleges and other providers so that they can deliver innovative and flexible programmes of study, including non-qualification bearing activities such as work experience. Tying funding to activities that only lead to qualifications prevents this. By removing success rates from the formula, we are removing perverse incentives and freeing schools and colleges up to put students on courses that will stretch them to their full potential.” The EFA say the benefits of a revised funding formula are… • Funding to underpin RPA is fair, simple, transparent • Allows us to implement the full package of reforms as planned from 2013/14 • Support institutions to deliver innovative provision, including work experience to attract those students not currently participating • Encourage institutions to start changing their offer by developing coherent programmes of study • Introduce simplicity for all institutions • Facilitate data simplification on the same timescale as the review of the ILRwww.lsect.co.uk 4
  5. 5. But 80% of respondents do not agree Q7 (a) Do you agree that a single rate for all full time learners based upon historical average delivery is appropriate? “Almost 80% of respondents were opposed to the introduction of a single rate of funding per student.” Source: http://media.education.gov.uk/assets/files/pdf/f/ffr%20analysis%20of%20responses%20to%20consultation.pdf Lots to be determined in short space of time Michael Gove: “I am establishing a Ministerial working group to assist us in ensuring that these reforms work in the best interests of all young people. I will be inviting representatives from Further Education Colleges, Sixth Form Colleges, schools (including grammar schools) and other providers of post-16 education to consider the best way to implement the reforms to the programmes of study and associated funding changes. Implementation from August 2013 (potential for further delay?)www.lsect.co.uk 5
  6. 6. Q&A Monday 9th July at Central Westminster Hall New Ofsted CIF and related ‘issues’ (am) Funding rules for 2012/13 (am) Summer Lecture (eve) Friday 13th July at Morley College (central London) Apprenticeship funding Visit www.lsect.com to book a placewww.lsect.co.uk 6

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