ESFA weekly round-up - Issue 382

Education & Skills Funding Agency's weekly round-up of business-critical information to ESFA-funded colleges, other training organisations and direct grant employers. (6 Dec 2017)

New funding monitoring reports published

ESFA have begun publishing the new suite of funding monitoring reports on the Hub to support the financial assurance: monitoring the funding rules 2017 to 2018 plan. The remaining reports will be available following the R04 ILR data submission. Please review these reports to ensure your data is recorded accurately.

ESFA have also published the funding monitoring reports user guide which explains how to access the reports and correct your data if required. It also details the action they will take to rectify any identified funding issues at year-end.

For further information, please contact the service desk.

Apprenticeship carry in allocations for May to December 2017 non-levy starts

ESFA will shortly be issuing apprenticeship carry in allocations for apprentices that started with non-levy employers between 1 May 2017 and 31 December 2017. This allocation will initially cover the costs of these apprentices from January to July 2018.

This funding is separate to any funding that providers may receive through the non-levy procurement.

Please contact your ESFA provider manager if you have any queries.

Careers Strategy launched

Skills Minister, Anne Milton launched the government’s careers strategy this week at the Careers and Development Institute Annual Conference.

The careers strategy, to be delivered in partnership with the careers community, employers, educators, sets out a long-term plan to build a world class careers system that will guide and develop the nation’s homegrown talent – wherever they are from and whatever their background.

The National Careers Service has an exciting and dynamic role to play in the implementation of the new careers strategy. The service will provide impartial, professional, careers information advice and guidance to adults in England with specialist support for those who need it most, as well as extending and enhancing the digital offer to bring the best information, advice and guidance tools to everyone.

 ESFA e-bulletin for schools, colleges, local authorities and other 16 to 19 providers: 7 December 2017

Submitting college finance records for 2016 to 2017 by 31 December 2017

Colleges must submit their 2016 to 2017 audited financial statements and supporting documentation to ESFA by 31 December 2017.

The following documents should be submitted to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and follow the naming conventions below.

Document typeFile naming convention
Audited annual report and financial statements. UKPRN_FS_1617_college code
A scanned copy of the finance record cover sheet signed by the accounting officer. UKPRN_FRsigned_1617_college code
The unsigned finance record excel workbook. UKPRN_FR_1617_college code
External auditor’s management letter including the college’s response. UKPRN_ML_1617_college code
Annual report of the college’s audit committee. UKPRN_ACAR_1617_college code
Where appropriate, audited annual report and financial statements of subsidiary company accounts, if submitting accounts information for more than one subsidiary, please amend the file name to sub2 etc. UKPRN_FSsub1_1617_college code
Any other supporting documents. UKPRN_[brief description]_1617_college code

The subject field of your submission email should include the college name and ‘1617 Finance Record’.

For further information or related queries, please contact the ESFA enquiry service.

Further Education college survey about risk protection arrangement

We are currently exploring the option of a risk protection arrangement (RPA) type arrangement in the further education (FE) sector similar to that which is in place for academy trusts. The RPA for academy trusts is an alternative to insurance where the government funds cover losses that arise. The RPA started on 1 September 2014 with academy trust members subject to a deduction from their General Annual Grant. In order to inform the feasibility study we need to understand the nature of the arrangements currently in place for FE.

We have launched a survey for FE colleges to assist in our research which should take approximately 15 minutes to complete. The survey will close on the 15th December.

To complete the survey, you will need:

  • current policy documentation
  • recent claims data (ideally last 3 years)

If you have any comments or queries, please contact us via our online enquiry form.

16 to 19 revenue funding allocations survey feedback

In September we issued a short survey on products we produce to support 16 to 19 revenue funding allocations.

We used the survey to help us understand when and how you use our products. This is because delivering excellent customer service is important to us.

Thank you to everyone who completed the survey. It was good to hear many of you found our products useful and you received them when you needed them.

We are using your feedback to make small changes for 2018 to 2019 academic year. We have started work to address some of the common themes for improvement. They include:

  • increase the awareness of our products
  • produce some simple guides that will help you to better understand existing products, their purpose and how to use them
  • include a ‘what’s new’ section in all our 16 to 19 funding allocation explanatory notes, condensing them where possible to reduce their length

We will continue to improve our products based on your feedback. Please do continue to share any suggestions or improvements you have about how we communicate 16 to 19 revenue funding allocations.

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Further Education News

The FE News Channel gives you the latest education news and updates on emerging education strategies and the #FutureofEducation and the #FutureofWork.

Providing trustworthy and positive Further Education news and views since 2003, we are a digital news channel with a mixture of written word articles, podcasts and videos. Our specialisation is providing you with a mixture of the latest education news, our stance is always positive, sector building and sharing different perspectives and views from thought leaders, to provide you with a think tank of new ideas and solutions to bring the education sector together and come up with new innovative solutions and ideas.

FE News publish exclusive peer to peer thought leadership articles from our feature writers, as well as user generated content across our network of over 3000 Newsrooms, offering multiple sources of the latest education news across the Education and Employability sectors.

FE News also broadcast live events, podcasts with leading experts and thought leaders, webinars, video interviews and Further Education news bulletins so you receive the latest developments in Skills News and across the Apprenticeship, Further Education and Employability sectors.

Every week FE News has over 200 articles and new pieces of content per week. We are a news channel providing the latest Further Education News, giving insight from multiple sources on the latest education policy developments, latest strategies, through to our thought leaders who provide blue sky thinking strategy, best practice and innovation to help look into the future developments for education and the future of work.

In May 2020, FE News had over 120,000 unique visitors according to Google Analytics and over 200 new pieces of news content every week, from thought leadership articles, to the latest education news via written word, podcasts, video to press releases from across the sector.

We thought it would be helpful to explain how we tier our latest education news content and how you can get involved and understand how you can read the latest daily Further Education news and how we structure our FE Week of content:

Main Features

Our main features are exclusive and are thought leadership articles and blue sky thinking with experts writing peer to peer news articles about the future of education and the future of work. The focus is solution led thought leadership, sharing best practice, innovation and emerging strategy. These are often articles about the future of education and the future of work, they often then create future education news articles. We limit our main features to a maximum of 20 per week, as they are often about new concepts and new thought processes. Our main features are also exclusive articles responding to the latest education news, maybe an insight from an expert into a policy announcement or response to an education think tank report or a white paper.

FE Voices

FE Voices was originally set up as a section on FE News to give a voice back to the sector. As we now have over 3,000 newsrooms and contributors, FE Voices are usually thought leadership articles, they don’t necessarily have to be exclusive, but usually are, they are slightly shorter than Main Features. FE Voices can include more mixed media with the Further Education News articles, such as embedded podcasts and videos. Our sector response articles asking for different comments and opinions to education policy announcements or responding to a report of white paper are usually held in the FE Voices section. If we have a live podcast in an evening or a radio show such as SkillsWorldLive radio show, the next morning we place the FE podcast recording in the FE Voices section.

Sector News

In sector news we have a blend of content from Press Releases, education resources, reports, education research, white papers from a range of contributors. We have a lot of positive education news articles from colleges, awarding organisations and Apprenticeship Training Providers, press releases from DfE to Think Tanks giving the overview of a report, through to helpful resources to help you with delivering education strategies to your learners and students.


We have a range of education podcasts on FE News, from hour long full production FE podcasts such as SkillsWorldLive in conjunction with the Federation of Awarding Bodies, to weekly podcasts from experts and thought leaders, providing advice and guidance to leaders. FE News also record podcasts at conferences and events, giving you one on one podcasts with education and skills experts on the latest strategies and developments.

We have over 150 education podcasts on FE News, ranging from EdTech podcasts with experts discussing Education 4.0 and how technology is complimenting and transforming education, to podcasts with experts discussing education research, the future of work, how to develop skills systems for jobs of the future to interviews with the Apprenticeship and Skills Minister.

We record our own exclusive FE News podcasts, work in conjunction with sector partners such as FAB to create weekly podcasts and daily education podcasts, through to working with sector leaders creating exclusive education news podcasts.

Education Video Interviews

FE News have over 700 FE Video interviews and have been recording education video interviews with experts for over 12 years. These are usually vox pop video interviews with experts across education and work, discussing blue sky thinking ideas and views about the future of education and work.


FE News has a free events calendar to check out the latest conferences, webinars and events to keep up to date with the latest education news and strategies.

FE Newsrooms

The FE Newsroom is home to your content if you are a FE News contributor. It also help the audience develop relationship with either you as an individual or your organisation as they can click through and ‘box set’ consume all of your previous thought leadership articles, latest education news press releases, videos and education podcasts.

Do you want to contribute, share your ideas or vision or share a press release?

If you want to write a thought leadership article, share your ideas and vision for the future of education or the future of work, write a press release sharing the latest education news or contribute to a podcast, first of all you need to set up a FE Newsroom login (which is free): once the team have approved your newsroom (all content, newsrooms are all approved by a member of the FE News team- no robots are used in this process!), you can then start adding content (again all articles, videos and podcasts are all approved by the FE News editorial team before they go live on FE News). As all newsrooms and content are approved by the FE News team, there will be a slight delay on the team being able to review and approve content.

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