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The Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) is a Department for Education body that funds education and training for children, young people and adults in England. It replaced the responsibilities of the former Education Funding Agency and Skills Funding Agency.

Pupil Premium is additional funding given to publicly funded schools in England to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils and close the gap between them and their peers.

Pupil Premium

In the 2019 to 2020 financial year, schools will receive the following additional funding for each child eligible for the Pupil Premium:

  • £1,320 for primary-aged pupils
  • £935 for secondary-aged pupils

Eligiblity criteria include having received free school meals at any point in the last six years. There is also funding for children who are or have been in care (£2,300 per child).

Ofsted is looking for accelerated progress from those pupils.

How ASDAN can help

Our Certificate of Personal Effectiveness Level 1 and 2 has been shown to help close the attainment gap between children on free school meals and their peers.

Ofsted wants to see how schools have used the curriculum to close the gap by engaging and motivating learners to achieve more. ASDAN's Personal Development Programmes (Bronze, Silver and Gold) and Short Courses have a long and successful track record of providing engaging and motivating curriculum enrichment opportunities. In addition, learners who have undertaken our courses have, in many cases, improved their academic performance.

16-19 Funding

All 16- to 19-year-old students are funded for an individual study programme. Most study programmes have a core aim, which should be a substantial academic or vocational qualification or work experience. The study programme must be tailored to each student, have clear study or employment goals reflecting the student’s prior attainment, and include:

  • substantial qualifications
  • English and maths for students who have not achieved grade 4 or above in these subjects
  • non-qualification activities that support the student’s goals and are integrated into the study programme
  • high-quality work experience or work preparation

Planned hours funded by the ESFA

The activities in each student’s study programme in an academic year constitute the planned hours. These are categorised as either qualification (planned learning hours) or non-qualification (planned employability, enrichment and pastoral hours). Both categories are added up to form the total hours of a study programme, and the total hours are used to calculate the funding allocation, eg a full-time study programme for 16- and 17-year-olds is 540+ hours. To count for funding purposes, the planned hours must be timetabled, organised or supervised by the institution, and take place in line with the institution’s normal working pattern.

How ASDAN can help

At Level 3 and below, ASDAN can support with non-qualification activities such as

  • enrichment, volunteering or community activities organised by or on behalf of the institution
  • activities for informal certificates or other non-qualification activity such as mentoring and coaching
  • activities for tutorial purposes such as PSHE and citizenship
  • work experience and other work-related activities such as preparing CVs and practising interview skills and techniques

At Level 2 and below, some ASDAN qualifications, such as Personal Progress, can form the substantial aim of an individual’s study programme.

ASDAN programmes and qualifications are used successfully as integral parts of transition programmes for students who are preparing for study at Level 3. Options include the Award of Personal Effectiveness, the Certificate of Personal Effectiveness, and Employability.

Qualification Learning Aims can be checked using the Learning Aims Search (LAS).

Post-19 Funding

Qualification Learning Aims can be checked using the Learning Aims Search (LAS).

Qualifications approved for public funding for 2019/20

Qualification reference Qualification title Level
600/7772/4 Award in Employability Entry 2
600/8014/0 Certificate in Employability Entry 2
600/8015/2 Certificate in Employability Entry 3
600/8016/4 Award in Employability Level 1
600/8005/X Certificate in Employability Level 1
500/6357/1 Award in Personal Progress Entry 1
500/6354/6 Certificate in Personal Progress Entry 1
500/6534/9 Diploma in Personal Progress Entry 1

Adult Education Budget

The Adult Education Budget gives colleges and other training organisations more flexibility to respond to the needs of their local area. This enables the funding of programmes that really make a difference by including locally designed learning activity alongside qualifications, or instead of them. 

Locally designed training provision must be high quality. Therefore, where applicable, use the Recognising and Recording Progress and Achievement (RARPA).

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