Information about how 16 to 19 funding is allocated to colleges, providers, schools and academies.

16 to 19 funding allocations

The Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) funds schools, academies, colleges and independent learning providers. We calculate funding using the 16 to 19 national funding formula. The formula is driven by student recruitment and includes factors which reflect student retention, higher cost subjects, disadvantaged students and area costs. The 16 to 19: how it works page includes further information about each element within the 16 to 19 national funding formula.

Funding calculated using the national funding formula is also supplemented by additional funding for high needs students, bursaries and other financial support awarded to individual students.

16 to 19 revenue funding information for academic year 2020 to 2021

On the 31 August 2019, the Chancellor announced an additional £400m for 16 to 19 education for academic year 2020 to 2021.

In the following sections, we confirm details on:

  • National funding rate
  • Industry placements capacity and delivery fund
  • T Level Early Adopter Development Fund
  • Teachers’ pension scheme
  • Advanced maths premium

As usual, we will provide further information about funding arrangements for academic year 2020 to 2021 during October and November, including arrangements for distributing the following funding announced by the Chancellor:

  • high cost and high value subjects
  • support for students on level 3 courses who don’t yet have a pass in GCSE maths and or English

National funding rate for academic year 2020 to 2021

The national funding rate for full-time 16 and 17 year olds, students aged 18 and over with high needs will increase by 4.7% to £4,188 for academic year 2020 to 2021.

We determine the funding rate for each student by the size of their study programme based on their planned hours. The rates for part-time bands will also increase in line with the new full-time rate.

We have set out the national funding rate for 2020 to 2021 for students studying full-time and part-time in the table below.

BandPlanned hoursNational funding rate per student
5540+ hours16 and 17 year olds, students aged 18 and over with high needs£4,188
4a450+ hoursStudents aged 18 and over who are not high needs£3,455
4b450 to 539 hours16 and 17 year olds, students aged 18 and over with high needs£3,455
3360 to 449 hours £2,827
2280 to 359 hours £2,234
1Up to 279 hours £4,188 per full time equivalent (FTE*)

(FTE*) means the proportion of 600 hours.

We will increase the rates for T Levels in line with the new band 5 rate:

Average planned hoursMinimum planned hours required for the bandFunding rate (2 years)
Band 6 - small T Levels1250 hours1100 hours£8,726
Band 7 - medium T Levels1450 hours1300 hours£10,122
Band 8 - large T Levels1600 hours1500 hours£11,168
Band 9 - very large T Levels1750 hours1650 hours£12,216

We will uplift the new increased rates by the factors within the 16 to 19 funding formula in the normal way.

Industry placement capacity and delivery fund (CDF)

We can now confirm that funding has been agreed for delivery of industry placements through the CDF in academic year 2020 to 2021. The precise budget and terms are yet to be confirmed and should these change we will update our guidance. Providers already delivering CDF should refer to this guidance. Providers wishing to deliver CDF for the first time should submit an implementation plan on the basis of the information in our guidance and should these details change we will notify providers during the autumn.

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T Level Early Adopter Development Fund (EADF)

We can confirm that we will pay T Level EADF in academic year 2020 to 2021. We will confirm the precise details on this as they become available.

Teachers’ Pension Scheme (TPS)

We announced earlier in the year additional funding to support further education institutions in meeting the additional employer contributions from the TPS for the period from September 2019 to July 2020. We can confirm that we will continue to meet those costs up to the end of March 2021. We will update our guidance by the end of November with further details. Funding from April 2021 onwards will be considered as part of the next spending review.

The teachers’ pension employer contributions grant will also continue in financial year 2020 to 2021 to cover additional pension costs for schools.

Advanced maths premium

The advanced maths premium is funding for additional students studying specified level 3 maths qualifications. These payments will continue as planned in academic year 2020 to 2021 and we will update our guidance by the end of November.

16 to 19 revenue funding allocations process academic year 2019 to 2020

We have published a video explaining the allocations process for academic year 2019 to 2020 and we’ll publish information and updates to the timeline as we deliver the 16 to 19 revenue funding allocations.

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Allocations timeline

Please check out the latest news section on the timeline for regular updates.

MonthActivityLatest news
November 2018We will issue R14 statements to colleges and independent learning providersWe have now issued all statements to providers who were expecting them. These can be located in the Revenue Funding, AY 2019-20 folder.
December 2018ILR R04 deadline (6 December) – this is the first 16 to 19 data return for 2018 to 2019The deadline has now passed.
December 2018Publication of dedicated schools grant schools block and high needs block allocations for 2019 to 2020 (prior to academy recoupment)We published the dedicated schools grant in December. Our information about the national funding formula tables for schools and high needs might also be of interest.
January 2019We will issue the allocation calculation toolkits containing funding factors to FE colleges. Outcomes of the high needs place change process published for 2019 to 2020.We have published the Allocation Calculation Toolkits (ACT) containing funding factors for FE colleges. We will publish the ACT files for academies in February.
February 2019The ILR R06 deadline is 6 February 2019. We will issue the allocation calculation toolkits containing funding factors and student numbers to schools and academies. We will start to issue allocations, including high needs place numbers, to most school sixth forms, academies and FE collegesThe R06 deadline has now passed. We have published the Allocation Calculation Toolkits (ACT) containing funding factors for schools and academies. We have started to issue allocation statements to document exchange. Remaining statements will be issued in March.
March 2019We will issue allocations to all special post-16 institutions, non-maintained special schools, independent learning providers and higher education institutions that supply HESA data. We will also issue any remaining allocations to school sixth forms, academies and further education colleges.We have now issued all statements to providers who were expecting them. These can be located in the Revenue Funding, AY 2019-20 folder.
April 2019The business case deadline is 30 April 2019 for all institutions to return any business cases in relation to significant data error or exceptional circumstances affecting their allocation. (excluding high needs place numbers – this is because we will open a 2-week window for enquiries in January 2019 following publication of the outcomes of the high needs place change process). We will prioritise processing any business cases that we receive with full information, by the deadline. For institutions that submit a late or incomplete business, we will not process these during the main business case process. This means we will not reflect any changes in your initial payments at the start of the year. If your case is successful, the change to your allocation will be treated as an in-year adjustment and will take place from September 2019.The deadline for business cases has now passed. We are prioritising business cases that we received with full information, before the deadline. We will review any late or incomplete cases after the main business case process. If your case is successful, any changes made will not be reflected in your initial payments for the year. Instead they will be treated as an in year adjustment and will take place from September 2019.
May/June 2019In May, we will review and process business cases received by the deadline with full and complete information and communicate these outcomes by the end of June.We’ve communicated outcomes for business cases that we received with full and complete information before the deadline.
July/August 2019Funding agreements/contracts issued to institutions either directly or through the lead contact. Agreements/contracts signed and returned by funded organisation.All funding agreements/ contracts have now been issued to those providers expecting to receive one.
August/September 2019First payment made to local authorities (in respect of schools with sixth forms) and directly to academies, colleges and other institutions.The payment has now been made to all providers who were due to be paid.

Table 1: Data sources for student numbers

The table below sets out the approach we will use to calculate student numbers for most institutions. There are some exceptions to the arrangements in this table to reflect specific individual circumstances. We will explain this in our communications and guides that support your 16 to 19 revenue funding allocation statement.

The data sources we propose to use in calculating allocations are set out below by institution typeMethod of determining number of students attracting funding
Schools, academies, free schools, studio schools, university technical collegesLagged numbers based on 2018 to 2019 student numbers in autumn 2018 census. Some academies are funded on estimated numbers where their funding agreement states this.
FE colleges, some other FE or higher education institutionsThe starting point is the number of valid students with a census date of 1 November 2018 based on R04 for 2018 to 2019. This is multiplied by the ratio of 1 November to all-year student numbers based on the R04 return for 2017 to 2018 and the final R14 return for that year. We will also compare this figure with the student numbers calculated from R06 for 2018 to 2019, both the year-to-date (as at 1 February) figure and the number recruited by 1 November. Where there is a significant increase or decrease in student numbers, we may revise the allocation accordingly. This could result in a delay to issuing allocations for institutions involved.
Independent learning providersWe expect the approach to be similar to that for 2018 to 2019 allocations. That is, depending on the profile of recruitment for the individual provider, we will either use: 1) a twelve month rolling figure for February 2018 to January 2019 based on R14 (2017 to 2018) and R06 (2018 to 2019) data, 2) or the same approach as set out above for FE colleges. The use of R06 data means that there may be a delay in issuing allocations for institutions involved.
Higher education institutions returning HESA data, local authorities, some other FE institutionsWhere use of in-year data is not appropriate, a full year figure will be used based on, R14 (2017 to 2018) or HESA data for 2017 to 2018.
Maintained special schoolsHigh needs place funding will be allocated directly to local authorities. Local authorities then determine the post-16 place funding to allocate to individual maintained special schools.
Special academiesPublished 2018 to 2019 academic year high needs place numbers, revised by place changes notified to local authorities in the autumn of 2018.
Special post-16 institutions (SPI)Continue to be funded on the basis of elements 1 and 2 in academic year 2019 to 2020. The starting point for place funding will be students recorded in the 2018 to 2019 R04 data return. This is multiplied by the ratio of 1 November to all-year student numbers based on the R04 return for 2017 to 2018 and the final R14 return for that year. We will also compare this figure with the student numbers calculated from R06 for 2018 to 2019. Where there is a significant increase or decrease in student numbers, we may revise the allocation accordingly. This could result in a delay to issuing allocations for institutions involved.
Non-maintained special schools (NMSS)We will base allocations on October 2018 census pupil headcount for the 2018 to 2019 academic year. We then add any increase in total pupil numbers between the October 2017 and January 2018 census. No NMSS will be allocated less than their October 2018 census numbers.

Note that for those institutions normally subject to lagged funding, the lagged approach does not apply where there is a material change in the volume of provision offered by the institution. In those cases we remove the institution from the lagged approach, and funded student numbers are calculated as set out in the funding rates and formula guidance.

Table 2: Data sources for formula elements

The information in table 2 is not applicable for maintained special schools, non-maintained special schools, special academies and special free schools. We fund these institutions at £10,000 per place. It does not apply to special post-16 institutions either because we will fund these institutions on the basis of averages again in academic year 2019 to 2020.

Data sources for formula elements Institution typeSize of programme/ retention/ programme cost weightingDisadvantage - Block 1 factorDisadvantage - Block 2 (1) instancesLarge programmesCondition of fundingIndustry placementsAdvanced maths premiumLarge programmesCondition of funding
Institutions making ILR returnR14 2017 to 2018R14 2017 to 2018R14 2017 to 20182017 to 2018 Young People’s matched admin data set (YPMAD)R14 2017 to 2018R14 2017 to 20182018 to 2019 R04 data with a reference date of 1 November 2018  
Institutions making census returnAutumn census 2018 (end-year 2017 to 2018 data)Autumn census 2018 (end-year 2017 to 2018 data)Autumn census 2018 (end-year 2017 to 2018 data)2017 to 2018 YPMADAutumn census 2018 (end-year 2017 to 2018 data)Autumn census 2018 (end-year 2017 to 2018 data)2018 to 2019 data returned in the Autumn 2018 census  
Institutions making HESA returnHESA 2017 to 2018HESA 2017 to 2018HESA 2017 to 2018Based on exceptional business cases where appropriateHESA 2017 to 2018HESA 2017 to 2018HESA 2017 to 2018  
Institutions with no historical dataNational average for institution typeLA average for institution typeNational average for institution typeNo impactNo impactNo impact2018 to 2019 autumn census or R04 ILR data with a reference date of 1 November 2018  

(1) Disadvantage block 2 funding is calculated based on the number of students that fail to attain at least a grade C GCSE or grade 4 under the new reformed GCSEs in English and maths by the end of year 11.

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Published allocations

Published 10 March 2014
Last updated 22 October 2019 + show all updates
  1. We have added a link to the allocations data for 2019 to 2020
  2. The allocations timeline has been updated
  3. We have updated the page with the latest information for academic year 2020 to 2021
  4. We have updated the allocations timetable.
  5. We have updated this guidance with information for special post-16 institutions.
  6. 16 to 19 revenue funding allocations process for academic year 2019 to 2020 has been added.
  7. 16 to 19 allocation timeline updated.
  8. A video on the 16 to 19 funding allocations process for 2018 to 2019 has been added.
  9. 16 to 19 allocation timeline updated.
  10. 16 to 19 allocation process for 2018 to 2019 has been updated.
  11. 16 to 19 funding allocation timeline updated.
  12. Added a new section to the allocation timeline.
  13. A video explaining the funding allocations for 2017 to 2018 has been added.
  14. This page has been updated to reflect 2017 to 2018 allocation cycle
  15. Allocations process for academic year 2017 to 2018 has been updated.
  16. Added link to the 16 to 19 funding allocations for the 2016 to 2017 academic year
  17. General update to page.
  18. Section under Allocations process 2016 to 2017 academic year has been added.
  19. Changes to EFA funding for 16 to 19 year olds - 2016 to 2017 video has been added
  20. updated information and tables added to 16 to 19 funding allocations
  21. Explanatory note further education student number statement - academic year 2015 to 2016 has been added
  22. Calendar updated - funding video added
  23. 2014 to 2015 allocation explanatory notes uploaded to page
  24. First published.
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