Enrolment for 14-16 year olds in College/Sixth Form Centres
Colleges in England sometimes admit children aged 14 or 15 who are being electively home educated, to take courses on an infill basis by arrangement with the local authority or with the parents/carers. Not all colleges offer this, it is at the discretion of the college whether to accept pre-16s. The ‘14 to 16 centres’ will offer a combination of vocational and academic subjects. They aim to attract students of all abilities who want early access to more practical forms of learning and/or wish to train for a technical profession or trade and who wish to study in a college environment.
The courses that EHE students can do, are not limited to the 14-16 provision from the college, but can include any course at any level (though some may have prerequisites) as long as they are on a Part Time basis. Where the courses are Full Time, the student is no longer considered EHE.
Parents should take note, that the child has to be age 14 on 31 August in the year in which they enrol at a participating college – unfortunately, a child who turns 14 in September, can only attend college the following year.
Information for Colleges
Further education colleges and sixth-form colleges (colleges) are able to enrol and receive funding from the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) for students aged 14- to 16-years-old. ESFA will only fund 14 to 16 students enrolled and recorded on the Individualised Learner Record (ILR) R04 return submitted by the college in December 2019. Where these courses are at level 3, they are funded by entering the student on the ILR and the student then counts for lagged funding in just the same way as if they were 16- to 18-year-olds.
Prior to September 2013, students on courses below level 3 were funded either directly by the local authority, or sometimes by the parents/carers, paying a fee to the college. These arrangements changed with effect from September 2013. Colleges now enter these students on the ILR and they count towards the college’s student numbers for lagged funding in the following year. Local authorities and parent/carers should no longer be expected to pay fees for this provision.
These students can only be enrolled and funded for part time courses – if an institution recruits them for full time courses, then they are no longer home educated and the institution will need to meet the criteria for direct recruitment