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Created 25 February 2021 15:22
Good afternoon everyone
Just reviewed our 16-19 allocation for 2021/22 and am really disappointed. Am I the only one that remembers the ESFA saying that they would review the 16-19 formula for allocations based on 19/20? We had to cancel countless work placements due to COVID in march-20 and I distinctly remember the ESFA stating that they would take that into consideration. Our allocation is 40% lower than the year before.
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We've not received ours yet. Was yours uploaded to the EFA Information exchange (I've no idea why we are still using this when all other allocations are posted elsewhere but I digress.....).
It's an interesting point for training providers. The Agency acknowledged the impact of COVID on March to July recruitment for training providers with year round recruitment by providing a small amount of financial relief for some institutions that experienced a reduction compared the previous year. However, if we are then subsequently penalised through the allocations process for this then we are being treated unfairly as a consequence. I'd raise this with your local partnership team and I'd expect AELP to raise this if this is a pattern.
25 February 2021 15:44 (Edited)
Yes ours is on the info exchange (or DFE sign-in I think it is called now). It does seem weird that we have one contract for all of our funding lines but two separate systems to manage them.
I have raised with our relationship manager and I'll see where that goes. I've searched for the original statement the ESFA made but I think it has been superseded by subsequent announcements and therefore may be lost to existence!
25 February 2021 15:52