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Enrolment of 14- to 16-year-olds in full-time further education

Further education colleges and sixth-form colleges (together described as ‘colleges’ in this advice) were able to enrol, and be directly funded by the Education Funding Agency (EFA) for, 14- to 16-year-olds who wish to study vocational qualifications from September 2013.

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.

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 aged 16-18.

The Education Funding Agency and the Department for Education have released the official guidance document for 14-16s college admissions from September 2013

“27. Current arrangements for admitting 14-16 year olds by arrangement with schools, local authorities or parents will continue and are not affected by this new guidance, other than that there are new funding arrangements for electively home educated children.”

“77. Colleges sometimes admit children aged 14 or 15 who are being electively home educated, to take courses on an infill basis by arrangement with effect from September 2013. Colleges will now be able to enter these students on the ILR and they will count towards the college’s student numbers for lagged funding in the following year. Local authorities and parents should no longer be expected to pay fees for this provision.

79. Colleges should make such local arrangements as they deem appropriate. There is no national prescribed model for provision to these students and they do not form a part of the arrangements for the full-time enrolment of 14 -16 year olds in Further Education and Sixth Form.” (Annex C)

It will next be reviewed in October 2014.


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