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.
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.
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.
|User group(s)||Host and area||Date 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.