7 March 2012
This message outlines changes to the arrangements for access to the 16-19 Bursary Fund for publicly-funded students attending independent schools and colleges, including 19-24 year old learners with a Learning Difficulty Assessment attending a YPLA funded Independent Specialist Provider, in the 2012/13 academic year.
In 2012/13 the 16-19 Bursary Fund will be allocated directly from the Education Funding Agency (EFA) to all Non-Maintained Special Schools (NMSS) and EFA-funded Independent Specialist Providers (ISP), in the same way as they currently are to general FE colleges.
Local authorities will not be responsible for routing 16-19 bursary funding to any NMSSs and ISPs in 2012/13. Those NMSSs and ISPs that were not given an allocation in 2011/12 will receive one in 2012/13. We will write to all providers by the end of March to inform them of their allocations.
Responsibility for funding the education and training of 19-24 learners with a learning difficulty assessment (LDA) lies with the DfE. Many attend general FE colleges where they are able to access the adult discretionary learner support fund, but some attend EFA-funded Independent Specialist Providers, which do not receive funding for adult discretionary learner support.
In 2012/13, EFA-funded ISPs will receive an additional amount of bursary funding to enable them to provide discretionary bursaries only to financially disadvantaged 19-24 year old students with a LDA who need further support to remain at college.
In 2012/13 publicly funded SEN/LDD students attending independent schools will be able to apply to the local authority in which the school is based (the host local authority) for support from the 16-19 Bursary Fund. In 2012/13 the EFA will not fund any independent schools directly.
In 2011/12, the studentís home local authority took responsibility for administering bursaries - this change ensures that schools only have to liaise with one local authority.
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