Adult education funding August 2017 to July 2018


The Skills Funding Agency has published draft adult education funding and performance management rules for August 2017 to July 2018, which will apply to all providers of education and training who receive adult education budget funding.

The SFA has set out its intention to make further changes to the rules following consultation with employers, providers and other stakeholders.

Key points from the rules:

English and maths for those aged 19 or older

Paragraph 159: "We will fully fund individuals aged 19 or older, who have not previously attained a GCSE grade A* to C or grade 4, or higher, in English and maths, as part of their legal entitlement on the day they start the following qualifications:

  • GCSE English language or maths
  • Functional Skills English or maths from Entry to Level 2
  • Stepping-stone qualifications (including components, where applicable) in English or maths approved by the Department for Education and SFA.

If a learner wants to ‘retake’ their GCSE English and maths qualification because they did not achieve a grade 4 or higher (C or higher), we will not fund the learner to only resit the exam.

You must not enrol individuals on qualifications which are not necessary for progressing towards a GCSE or Functional Skill Level 2.

You must not fund an apprentice for English or maths from the AEB.

We will fully fund non-regulated English and maths provision eligible for funding for learners aged 19 years and over with significant learning difficulties or disabilities as part of a personalised learning programme, where assessment has identified the learner cannot undertake provision identified in paragraph 159.

You must:

  • carry out a thorough initial assessment to determine their current level using current assessment tools based on the national literacy and numeracy standards and core curriculums
  • carry out an appropriate diagnostic assessment to inform and structure a learner’s learner file to use as a basis for a programme of study
  • enrol the learner on a level above that at which they were assessed and be able to provide evidence of this
  • deliver ongoing assessment to support learning
  • record the evidence of all assessment outcomes in the learner file

The assessments must place a learner’s current skills levels within the level descriptors used for the RQF.

English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)

We will fully fund individuals aged 19 and over on the day they start their ESOL learning aim where they are unemployed.

We will co-fund all other individuals aged 19 and over on the day they start their ESOL learning aim.

All qualifications you offer must be on the RQF.

View the draft rules in full


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