ESFA Update local authorities: April 27, 2022

1. Reminder: common fund 16 to 19 declaration in two parts for the financial year 2020 to 2021

Local authorities are required to upload the two-part Funds 16-19 statement to the new ESFA document exchange by April 30, 2020.

Please upload returns following the instructions provided with the email sent to the CFO and also with the Return on Document Exchange.

You can access the new ESFA Document Exchange Portal by logging into the Document Exchange Service. You can view the documents you have sent by selecting “documents you have sent to ESFA” on the main document exchange page.

You can access the document exchange by logging into the DFE connection. If you do not have access to Document Exchange but would like to, please contact one of the super users within your organization. If you don’t know who it is, please ask the head of the organization.

2. Reminder: the business case deadline for the adult allowance is 6 May 2022

Adult Funding Allocation Statements for 2022 to 2023 are now being issued.

If you believe your data was incorrect and there is an error in your allocation, you can submit a business case by completing the business case template and sending it to us using our application form in line. Please read the Business Case section on the 19+ Allowances webpage before submitting.

The deadline for submitting your business case is May 6, 2022. Where applications have been received with complete information by the deadline, we aim to communicate results by the end of June 2022. Complex cases may take longer to investigate, where this is the case, we aim to communicate the results of these cases by August 1, 2022. If successful, changes will be reflected in contracts from the start of the funding year.

3. Information: Multiply funding for adult numeracy

On April 13, the Department for Education (DfE) released the prospectus, technical guidance and indicative local funding allocations for Multiply, the new £559million UK-wide adult numeracy program which is the top skills priority of the UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF).

Through Multiply, the combined city authorities, Greater London Authority and upper/unit level authorities outside these areas in England will receive up to £270 million to develop innovative and accessible numeracy training programs to equip adults with the math skills they need to progress. in work and life.

The department is hosting online engagement events in May for local authorities on Multiply and sharing information and ideas on how to use Multiply funding in their areas.

Visit multiply math skills for adults for more information.

You should also confirm your local authority’s primary contact for Multiply by emailing [email protected]

4. Information: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Workforce Fund for Schools and Colleges

Please forward this information to your maintained schools.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) workforce fund guidelines and online application form for workforce absences between November 22, 2021 and April 8, 2022 will be available this week .

More information on the COVID-19 workforce fund can be found in our guidance for schools and colleges.

5. Information: school-led tutoring Allocations 2021 to 2022 – third installment

The Department for Education (DfE) has redirected up to £65million for school tutoring to continue to provide schools with the autonomy and support they need to deliver high quality tutoring to their pupils who need it most.

Local authorities will receive the additional funding on April 29, 2022 and academies on May 9, 2022, as part of their third payment for ESFA’s school-led tutoring grant.

On April 27, 2022, the new funding allocations will be posted on the School-Led Tutoring: Guidance and Tracking Tool website. All state-funded schools, academies, independent special schools with eligible pupils (for more information see the independent special schools guide) and units, will receive a payment to cover 76% of their eligible pupils to the student bonus. This is a 16% increase over the previous two installments. This is money to fund school-led tutoring for the remainder of the 2021 to 2022 school year.

6. Information: Advanced Learner Loans – application service launch 2022 to 2023

The Advanced Learner Loans 2022 to 2023 application service will be available from 23 May 2022 for learners who wish to start qualifying qualifications from 1 August 2022 funded by a loan.

Updated learning and funding newsletters for 2022 to 2023 are available on GOV.UK.

7. Information: local government planning calendar for fiscal year 2022 to 2023

We have released the Local Government Planning Calendar for the 2022 to 2023 financial year. The calendar includes important dates for local government payments, releases and actions for 2022 to 2023.

8. Information: free checks to protect against cyberattacks

The National Cyber ​​Security Center (NCSC) invites all schools to register to use 2 free services:

  • Web Check to find and fix common security vulnerabilities on your website

  • Mail Check to assess email security compliance and adopt secure email standards to prevent criminals from spoofing email domains

Both tools are part of NCSC’s Active Cyber ​​Defense program. They are quick to install and run automatically. To access these services, you must create an NCSC account.

For more information, please see the latest NCSC blog and the official article on the NCSC website.

For generic inquiries relating to cybersecurity at your school, please contact [email protected]

9. Information: Join these Approved Frameworks webinars and learn how you could save money for your school

The Department of Education (DfE) is hosting webinars on how using our approved frameworks could help your school get more for the 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:

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

ten. Your comments: bonus for pupils – possibility for users to give their opinion on the new digital service

We’d like to talk to users about the premium worksheets for pupils that are emailed to local authorities, to understand how you work with the content. The results of these sessions will inform the design of a new digital service. It will be possible to comment on the new prototype as it progresses. User testing helps us verify that new developments meet your needs.

Sessions will take place online using Microsoft Teams and will last approximately 60 minutes.

Participation is encouraged at all levels of experience and will give you the opportunity to provide feedback to the designers of government services.

To participate, please complete our 3-minute survey, and our researcher will contact you to arrange an appointment at your convenience.

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