ESFA Update local authorities: October 13, 2021


1. Action: Hazard Protection Provision (RPA) – motor vehicle coverage consultation for schools

The Ministry of National Education has launched a public consultation on a proposal to introduce car coverage under the RPA.

RPA covers most of the risks that schools face, but members must currently obtain auto coverage elsewhere at commercial rates, as third party auto insurance is a legal requirement under the Road Traffic Act 1988 and RPA coverage. is not insurance.

If RPA were able to offer auto coverage to its member schools, it would be possible to save money for schools, realizing direct savings on the cost of coverage and saving them time. because they currently have to provide detailed claims experience to obtain coverage business information.

We welcome the views of stakeholders across the school sector. The consultation ends on November 30, 2021.

2. Action: Sustainability Day for Schools organized by the DfE Schools Business Team

Join the DfE webinars on November 2, 2021 and find out how we can help you take action to reduce your school’s carbon footprint.

Participate in a variety of sourcing sessions ranging from smart meters to water efficiency, heating systems and renewable technologies to energy efficiency and ask the experts any questions you may have.

Discover the wide range of sessions available and register for free.

For the latest news on our wide range of webinars, check out the Events tab on our LinkedIn Buy for Schools page.

3. Information: Significant Funding Needs: Due Diligence Process for Post-16 Special Providers

We have published the document “High Needs Funding: Due Diligence Process for Post-16 Special Service Providers”.

This guide explains the process for post-16 special institutions that may lead to a funding agreement with the Agency for Skills and Education Funding (ESFA) for the academic year 2022 to 2023.

To be eligible for ESFA funding, Post-16 Special Institutions (SPIs) must be included in their LA High Needs Venue Change Workbook (mandatory before November 12, 2021) and must be named on at less 10 education, health and care plans. . Subject to this requirement being met, the ESFA will undertake due diligence to ensure that the SPI is eligible to receive funding from the ESFA.

More information is available at GOV.UK.

4. Information: school support allowances for the coronavirus (COVID-19)

We have published the school support allocations for maintained schools, academies and local authorities. We will also soon be releasing a calculator that will allow eligible schools and academies to track their award information during the school year.

You can read more about school tutoring and the national tutoring program.

5. Information: professional development opportunities for leaders, governors and governance professionals

The Education and Training Foundation is funded by the DfE to provide a range of training, mentoring and coaching programs to CEOs, CFOs, middle managers, presidents and college governance professionals.

Offered by partners such as the Oxford Said Business School and the Institute of Directors, the programs aim to build skills and confidence in order to enhance the value that leaders, governors and governance professionals add to their institution and its long-term resilience. As noted in the Skills for Jobs white paper, we strongly encourage people in these positions to take advantage of the training and support, so take a look now at what’s on offer.

6. Information: Update Data Collection on Conditions 2 (CDC2)

From 2021 to 2026, the Ministry of Education collects data on the condition of buildings in FE schools and colleges. Investigative teams working on the CDC2 program will visit all government funded FE schools and colleges in England.

The next round of visits has been confirmed for the period from February 2022 to January 2023 (tranches 3 and 4). The list of schools to visit in these installments, and the full provisional list of schools to visit in future installments, is now available for viewing and downloading from the CDC2 section of the GOV.UK website.

Local authorities, dioceses and trusts will be invited by a survey organization to a preliminary virtual meeting with schools, which will gather general information on buildings for the program, prior to the site visit to collect data on the condition of buildings.

7. Information: extension of the profit-sharing bonus for the hiring of a new apprentice

On October 4, 2021, Chancellor of the Exchequer MP Rt Hon Rishi Sunak announced a £ 500million extension of government action, to tackle unemployment and support job seekers after the end leave. This included extending the popular incentive payment for hiring a new apprentice until the end of January 2022. As of September 29, 2021, 35,220 employers have created 101,460 new apprenticeship opportunities for apprentices using the employer incentive, which was originally introduced as part of the Plan for Jobs in July 2020.

Employers will be able to request a payment of £ 3,000 for new apprentices of any age with a start date of between October 1, 2021 and January 31, 2022. Operational details, including window details applications, will follow shortly.

The requests of eligible apprentices, recruited between April 1 and September 30, 2021, remain unchanged; employers must submit their application by November 30, 2021.

Join us on Wednesday November 3 from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm for an Introduction to School Resource Management (SRM) tools available to Local Authorities.

Led by the DfE and the SRM Strategy & Impact team at ESFA, the event includes:

  • An overview of why SRM tools were created, how they can be best used and where you can find them.
  • Two “in-depth” sessions: on “View my financial information and the financial benchmarking service for schools” and “Procurement”.
  • Opportunities to ask questions and network.

Please indicate your interest in participating. Once registered, you will receive the agenda and calendar invitation in due course.

Please forward this invitation to all your colleagues or contacts who may find this event of interest.

9. Information: possibility to participate in the research of the COVID-19 exam support service

ESFA User Researchers are looking for volunteers to participate in a 30-minute research session for the COID-19 Exam Support Service. The research sessions will take place the week of October 18, 2021.

If you are responsible for organizing exams in your organization (for example, exam manager) and would like to participate, please register for a session. A researcher will be in contact with more details.

ten. Information: final funding request for 2020 to 2021

The last funding request window will open at 9 a.m. on Monday, October 25, 2021.

Please submit your final funding request by 5:00 PM on Tuesday November 2, 2021. The request form will be available on Submit Learner Data.

Your principal or a delegated authority must digitally sign your application on Manage your education and skills funding by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, November 3, 2021.

You will need to submit a claim if you receive funds through:

  • funded grant – ESFA (AEB) adult education budget (adult skills, community learning, 19-24 internships and COVID-19 skills offer)
  • Support for learners for acquired ESFA AEB (adult skills and 19 to 24 internships) – paid on profile
  • 19 to 24 Purchasing 2020 internships – Support for learners – Compensation based on profile
  • funded grant – advanced scholarship for student loans (ALLB)
  • 16 to 19 education

Once you have submitted your application, you will also be able to view it on the Manage Your Education and Skills Funding service within fifteen minutes.

If you have any questions, please contact us using the online inquiry form.


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