16-19 study programmes

15 January 2020

The ESFA carries out annual reviews of all school and college 16-19 study programmes to identify benchmark data and outlier or ‘non-standard’ institutions. This allows you to assess yourself against the patterns to ensure that your study programmes are in line with study programme guidance. The most recent analysis is of the 16-19 study programmes delivery for the 2017 to 2018 academic year.

The four main areas where schools and colleges tend to be non-conforming are as follow: 
  1. Core aim (for the vast majority of students it will be either “one or more substantial academic, applied or technical qualifications which prepare the student for further education or employment”)
  2. Employment, enrichment and pastoral (EEP) hours
  3. Work experience (the guidance also includes a helpful  work experience factsheet)
  4. Maths and English condition of funding 
It is always advisable to spend some time refreshing knowledge in these areas to avoid financial penalties.

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