New EFA guidance for providers confirms English and maths funding requirement from 2014/15

The Education Funding Agency (EFA) has today published guidance that confirms new funding requirements for English and maths.

Its post-16 funding regulations for next academic year cover rates and formula, individualised learner records funding returns and sub-contracting control regulations.

Also covered is the EFA’s new requirement for English and maths. The guidance says: “Students who do not hold an A* to C [at GCSE] in these subjects are  expected to continue to study towards them as a part of their 16 to 19 study programme.

“To support this aim the teaching of English and maths qualifications are a condition of funding for students undertaking new study programmes with effect from August 1, 2014.”

It lists as qualifications that would apply as GCSE, or i-GCSE — including lelvel one/level two certificates — that count towards the English Baccalaureate (Ebacc) measure in Key Stage four performance tables; entry level, level one or level two functional skills; foundation, intermediate or advanced free-standing maths qualifications (in relation to maths only); and English for speakers of other languages (ESOL) qualifications (in relation to English only).