ESFA weekly round-up - Issue 356

Education & Skills Funding Agency's weekly round-up of business-critical information to ESFA-funded colleges, other training organisations and direct grant employers. (12 July 2017)

1. Financial plan submission requirements

Colleges are required to submit a copy of their financial plan, supporting commentary and signed copy of the plan coversheet to the ESFA by Monday, 31 July. Colleges that have a document exchange account should submit their documents using this account, alternatively, documents can be submitted through email to the mailbox.

Where a college has completed the restructuring facility model, the college will still need to submit a copy of the financial plan template and supporting documentation by Monday, 31 July.

2. Fire safety questionnaire: please complete

This is an alert for providers that have yet to complete the fire safety questionnaire to do so immediately. Peter Mucklow has written to all providers to request the questionnaire is completed as soon as possible.

It is essential for all providers to complete the questionnaire as part of the government-wide review of fire safety.

If in doubt about to access the questionnaire, please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. immediately.

3. Funding reports guidance

ESFA have published guidance on the 2016 to 2017 ILR funding reports. This describes the new reports for apprenticeships and other funding reports generated after ILR submissions covering apprentices and adult learners.

For further information, please contact the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

4. Customer engagement user research

Many thanks to those of you who have already volunteered to host or attend one of the customer engagement focus groups, or to be interviewed by phone.

As you will be aware, ESFA are looking at how we engage with their customers. They want to understand your experience of engaging with them, identify what works well for you and where they may need to make improvements. To achieve this aim they would like to speak with you directly.

We still have a few spaces on focus groups and for interviews. Volunteers should ideally be people who have the most contact with ESFA within your organisation.

If you are able to take part, either in a focus group or on the phone, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 12pm on Friday, 14 July.

User group(s)Host and areaDate and time
Local authorities, maintained schools and academies Kent County Council, South East – Swanley Tuesday, 18 July at 11.30am to 2pm
Local authorities, maintained schools and academies Tupton Hall School, North – Chesterfield Thursday, 20 July at 10am to 12.30pm
FE colleges and sixth forms College of North West London Wednesday, 19 July at 10am to 12.30pm
FE colleges and sixth forms Prior Pursglove and Stockton Sixth Form College (Stockton Campus) Monday, 17 July at 2pm to 4.30pm
Training providers (independent and charitable) Appris Management Limited, North East – Bradford Tuesday, 25 July at 2pm to 4.30pm
Training providers (independent and charitable) Qube learning, Midlands – Abingdon Monday, 31 July at 10am to 12.30pm

5. Prevent modules online

DfE and the Education and Training Foundation are launching side by side, online prevent modules for learners across the FE and training sector. The four modules cover:

  • radicalisation and extremism
  • online safety
  • what can you trust?
  • British values

The resources can be used free of charge. Each module includes a brief final assessment after which learners can download a certificate showing they have successfully completed the module.

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