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Academy Sixth Form Funding 2014/15. What will be covered. Useful documents Refresh what the elements of the formula are What we can confirm Since last years presentation For 2014/15 Timeline for 2014/15 What is still to be resolved. Useful Documents. - PowerPoint PPT Presentation


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Academy Sixth Form Funding 2014/1511What will be covered Useful documents Refresh what the elements of the formula areWhat we can confirmSince last years presentationFor 2014/15 Timeline for 2014/15What is still to be resolved

22Useful Documents

3Also should refer to the detailed funding guidance for each year, available on the EFA website3Total Programme Funding

Programme Cost WeightingDisadvantage FundingArea Cost AllowanceStudent NumbersNational Funding Rate per student Retention Factor()

The funding formula 4For 2013 to 2014 the EFA funds all post-16 institutions using a simplified, more transparent national formula - there is little change for 2014/15.

Allocations are calculated using:

Student numbers

National funding rates for different funding bands

A Retention factor which reduces funding in following year if the student is not retained but acknowledges that even where the student leaves early, there has been some cost to the institution

Programme cost weightings which recognise that some programmes require specialist facilities and equipment and/or need to be delivered to smaller groups and, therefore, cost more to deliver

Disadvantage based on 2 blocks - economic disadvantage and prior attainment to create a single fund for the institution to determine the use

. 4Student numbersThis is a count of students to be funded, based on the autumn census Students must meet qualifying period:2 weeks for programme < 24 weeks6 weeks for programme > 24 weeksEither RPA (Raising Participation Age) compliant (540 Hours+)Or banded (less than 540 hours)For 2014/15, Band 4 funded at the same rate 540 hours + Band 1 - Full Time Equivalent (FTE), that is a proportion of 600

Student StatusRPA CompliantBand 4Band 3Band 2Band 1Hours reqd. per Academic Year540+450-539



up to 280

5Student Numbers The count of students to be funded is based on the 2013 autumn census except for a small number of cases where the Institutions Funding Agreement allows for funding to be based on the institutions estimate of student numbers Students must meet a qualifying period to be counted for funding purposes: the qualifying periods are:2 weeks for programmes of less than 24 weeks duration or6 weeks for programmes greater than 24 weeks durationStudents participating on a programme of less than 2 weeks do not count for funding purposesStudents are categorised as (RPA) compliant - if their programme is 540 planned hours or more in an academic yearStudents whose planned hours are recorded as less than 540 are categorised within funding bands and will attract the appropriate funding rate.Distribution of student numbers into the different funding bands is calculated from historical data. For 2014/15 allocations we will use data from 2012/13 (ie before RPA requirements were in place) - So for 2014/15 allocations as a transitional measure, Band 4 will attract the RPA compliant rateThe bottom band is treated as a Full Time Equivalent (FTE), calculated as a proportion of 600

5Data used to calculate student numbers Autumn Census data used to identify funding bandsAllocation Student numbers data from: Funding Band proportion data from: 2013/14 academic year 2012/13 2011/12 2014/15 academic year 2013/142012/132015/16 academic year2014/152013/146How funding bands are calculated:

Student numbers for 2014/15 are based on the autumn census recorded for the 2013/14 academic year lagged funding).

These numbers will then be distributed across the funding bands in the same proportion as the actual distribution in 2012/13 ( the most recent year for which a full years data is available)

6Planned hours eligible for funding7Is Relevant - the activity is supporting the study programme Is planned - not listed or recommended guided learning hours Is directly supervised by the institution, or in the case of activity that is off site where the activity is organised by the institutionIs within the normal working pattern of the institution

Study leave is usually focused on a defined exam or assessment, such as leading up to the summer exam season; Study leave is time limited and the weekly number of hours must not exceed the students planned weekly hours for the overall study programme. Study leave hours can be counted for both year 12 and year 13.

The time when the student is taking the exam can also be included in the total planned hours

7Recording planned hours for funding purposes88Hours that do not count for funding99FPF will be paid for at least three academic years, until and including 2015/16

It applies where the move to a basic funding rate per student would otherwise result in a reduction in funding per student

Enables institutions to move on with curriculum reforms and simplification

Formula protection funding (FPF) (1)10Formula Protection Funding

is an amount outside the elements of the formula

is paid where funding per student is reduced as a consequence of the move to funding per student in 2013/14

Provides a 3 year period of stability (2013/14; 2014/15 and 2015/16) to introduce the changes required to deliver study programmes

10Formula protection funding (2)For the first of the three years -calculated by comparing funding per student allocated for 2013/14 (excluding transitional protection) with funding per student for 2012/13

The operation of formula protection funding for future years has still to be determined and has been considered within the Ministerial Working Group along with consideration of funding of large programmes.

1111Condition of funding - English and MathsAny student 16-18 (inclusive) without a grade C in English and/or maths must be working towards this level

Students must enrol on GCSE, Functional Skills (FS), Free standing maths or ESOL

FS is a stepping stone towards GCSE and not an end in itself

If the student already has a FS at level 2 then must enrol on GCSE

12DfE announced the policy in December 2012, and reinforced in June how the condition of funding would be implemented

Students enrolled in 2013/14 that dont have a Grade C in GCSE maths and/or English are expected to be working towards this level

The condition is met if the student is enrolled on a GCSE or (in some cases) an alternative (Functional Skills, Free Standing Maths or ESOL) as a stepping stone to a GCSE.

In recognition that it may have taken the sector some time to revise their delivery it will be enrolments in 2014/15 that will inform future allocations.

12Condition of funding - English and Maths (2)Students not meeting the condition of funding in 2014/15 WILL NOT be counted in lagged funding for 2016/17

EFA will be issuing a report to show you how you are doing

DfE will publish a list of what counts as having a grade C

13Students in 2014/15 that do not meet the condition of funding will be withdrawn from the lagged student number count, and therefore will affect allocations in 2016/17.

Academies with a sixth form in 2011/12 have already received their report showing which students would have met the condition of funding if it had applied in 2011. 13Planned hours data collection for 2013/14Planned hours for activity in the current academic yearCensus changes will not be made until the autumn census 2014Need to calculate planned hours for each student for 2013/14Retrospectively record in the autumn census planned hours relating to the current academic yearAutumn census 2014 will also collect planned hours for the 2014/15 academic yearDiscussions with software suppliers

14Recording planned hours for each student for both non qualification and qualification activity is essential to the operation of the funding formula and calculating allocations

. Additional fields in the census to record this information have been requested. However these changes will not be made until the autumn 2014 census.

For 2013/14 academic year only, a further two fields will be available to retrospectively record the planned hours for this academic year. Going forward planned hours will only be recorded at the start of the academic year.

To prepare for the retrospective (2013/14) collection in autumn 2014, academies must calculate the hours for each student they plan to deliver their activity in. If actual delivery is different from planned at the time the data is input it is still the planned hours that should be recorded.

There are on going discussions with all software suppliers to explore how systems can be amended to accommodate populating the census with the data.

Activity that is planned and recorded for 2013/14 will inform allocations for 2015/16.

14RetakesFor a transitional year in 2013/14 the planned hours for students repeating activity studied in 2012/13 can be countedSubsequently re-takes will not generally be eligible for funding unless are exceptional circumstances outside the control of the student or institution, such as a period of long term sickness, or good educational reasons

15Where a student has already studied a learning aim (qualification) and the institution has received funding for it the institution will not normally be funded for the student to retake the qualification

If however there are students where there have been exceptional circumstances outside the control of the student and the institution then institutions can claim funding for a student to retake a qualification.

An example of exceptional circumstan