Newsletter and bids 06 2019

 In bids

Dear members.

This week more news and views and bids, grants and funds in conjunction with our sponsors Net Security Training Ltd. You can contact Richard at and We are going out to over 3,000 people and Organisations every week and today have some 52 Pages.

Full details can be downloaded from the link below:


This week 27 hours without Wi-Fi. BT sent mini Hub, back on but so frustrating!


Ok lots going on at the ESFA this week 2019 to 2020 reconciliation: The 2018 to 2019 mid-year claim will open on Thursday 7 February and close on Tuesday 12 February 2019.

It is important that your claims are a true reflection of your forecast for the funding year so that we can closely manage the budgets. You have already received illustrative allocations for ESFA funded adult education budget (AEB) for 2019 to 2020, so your forecasts and plans will need to reflect how you will repay under-delivery against a changed allocation.

For further information on how we will gain assurance from your claims and manage under-delivery, see funding claims & reconciliation on GOV.UK.


 Taking Teaching Further – deadline 15 February 2019

The deadline for applications for the Taking Teaching Further programme is noon on Friday 15 February 2019.  On 12 December 2018, the second round of the Taking Teaching Further programme opened, inviting bids from further education providers to help attract industry professionals to teach in further education.

The £5 million scheme was initially launched in June 2018, aiming to support up to 150 professionals to teach in further education. The programme is also funding up to 40 projects to help develop local partnerships and collaborations aimed at supporting an ongoing exchange between industry and further education. Taking Teaching Further is open to all further education providers, and will initially run for 2 years with a focus on priority sectors, including the first T Level routes.


I have a post which is looking for East London head of HE Training. CV to me at


Ok over Christmas we all like to give to this Charity or that Charity, however looking around there are organisations that actually have to work all year round to get ready for Christmas.  I liked the work this organisation did as they are looking to give to local children that have fallen on hard times. So it is It is hard to imagine that in this day and age, that there are children in families where even a basic gift will not be given. This is at no fault of the parent and certainly not the child, all for a very wide number of reasons. Social security issues, fleeing domestic abuse, fire, burglary, ill health and sheer poverty are all reasons why families might find themselves unable to buy presents. Can you even start to imagine how that must feel?  So this year I will supporting them and letting you know about their work. So watch out for more details of the Sikh Toy Appeal


Ok yes I did this last week and great however I did it once and now three phone calls for follow up.  Ofqual – the regulator of qualifications, exams and assessments in England – has commissioned Pye Tait to gather views from learning providers of vocational and technical qualifications. This research is part of a longitudinal study which tracks views and perceptions.  You may have seen last year’s research report, which was published by Ofqual in September 2018 and which was commented on in sector press.

The report brought together the views of learning providers, learners and employers. This year’s survey can be accessed here… and it is open to all types of learning provider. We invite you to take part in this year’s survey, which should take no more than 5-7 minutes to complete. The results will be used by Ofqual to help them better understand employers’ needs.  Pye Tait Consulting (on behalf of Ofqual)


Information: qualification achievement rates (QAR) 2018 to 2019 – business rules published: We have published version 1 of the QAR business rules for 2018 to 2019 on the QAR 2018 to 2019 webpage. This document explains the methodology for calculating apprenticeship and education and training QARs for 2018 to 2019.

The main methodology has not changed from 2017 to 2018, however we have made some minor amendments and clarifications in the document. For more details, go to the QAR webpage.


Apprenticeship non-levy extension allocations for April 2019 to March 2020: In February, we will issue apprenticeship non-levy extension allocations for April 2019 to March 2020 through manage your education and skills funding. Your allocation statement will include a covering letter which will set out how we will manage your allocation during this 12 month extension period. You need one of the following roles on manage your education and skills funding. to view your allocation statement:

  • contract authoriser
  • contract manager
  • contract user
  • data returns and claims authoriser

You can request a new role through the Identity and Access Management Service or by asking your organisation’s super user.

We will e-mail users who have the contract authoriser and/or manager roles when your allocation statement is available to view.

If you have any queries, please contact your local territorial team contact.


Information: adult allocations for the 2019 to 2020 funding year

In March, we will issue adult education budget, 16 to 18 traineeships (for providers without 16 to 19 funding) and advanced learner loans allocation statements for 2019 to 2020 in a new digital format.

Your allocations will be displayed digitally on manage your education and skills fundingand you will be referred to the 19+ funding allocations page for more information on how they have been calculated.

You need one of the following roles on manage your education and skills funding to view your allocation statement:

  • contract authoriser
  • contract manager
  • contract user
  • data returns and claims authoriser

You can request a new role through the Identity and Access Management Service or by asking your organisation’s super user. We will e-mail users who have the contract authoriser and/or manager roles when your allocation statement is available to view.

If you have any queries, please contact your local territorial team contact.


Capital funding for eligible providers delivering the first 3 T Levels in 2020

The Department for Education has launched a capital fund of £38 million that is open until Wednesday 17 April 2019, to bids from eligible providers delivering the first 3 T Levels in 2020.  This will support them to make the investments needed in facilities and equipment, ready to deliver high quality, industry relevant programmes from September 2020.

16 to 19 school and academy sixth form 2019 to 2020 allocation calculation toolkits

We have uploaded 16 to 19 school and academy sixth form 2019 to 2020 allocation calculation toolkits (ACT) for most institutions to ESFA Information Exchange. You will find your ACT file in the Document Exchange ‘Revenue Funding’ folder, under ‘AY 2019-20 (2019/20)’. Our guidance will help you understand the information in your ACT file. Your ACT shows how we have used your data to calculate your funding factors, band proportions, students not meeting the condition of funding and students eligible for CDF Industry placement funding for your 2019 to 2020 allocation. For most schools and academies, ACT also includes lagged student data. Further funding information will be shown on your allocation statement.

Please do not submit a business case about your data until you have reviewed your 16 to 19 revenue funding allocation statement. The deadline for business cases is Tuesday 30 April 2019. Please contact us using our online enquiry form if you have any questions.


New insolvency regime for colleges

On 31 January 2019, the new insolvency regime for FE colleges came into force, giving legal clarity about what will happen in the event of a college entering insolvency and providing protection for existing students.

Guidance for governors, published on 29 January 2019, provides technical information on the new regime, and general guidance on how to reduce the risk of insolvency through good financial management. Primarily aimed at governors, it will also be useful for college finance directors and other senior staff.

We are also reviewing and strengthening our FE college intervention regime to ensure we can identify issues earlier and focus on preventing colleges getting into a position of insolvency. On 31 January 2019 we published some questions and answers about the changes. In April 2019 we will publish full details setting out what is changing and when.


Ok the west of England and the Midland’s Combined Authority are now open and up and running. Also London Neet and ESF and of course RoATP e-mail for details


Dr Jo Farrar has been appointed as the next Chief Executive of HM Prison and Probation Service (HMPPS).

Jo will take up the post on 1 April, following an open competition.

During a career spanning more than 30 years, Jo has gained wide-ranging experience of leading complex public organisations through times of significant change. At present, she is Director General for Local Government and Public Services at the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government – a role she has held since 2016. As part of this, she has helped local government to deal with significant increases in demand in a difficult financial climate.  Before that, she served as Chief Executive first at Bath and North-East Somerset Council and then at Bridgend County Borough Council.

Prior to those roles, Jo spent 16 years in central government – with both the Home Office and Cabinet Office. Her public service career started in the Parole Unit of the Prison Service, in 1987.  She succeeds Michael Spurr who is leaving the role after nine years, as was announced in September 2018.


Sam’s Wall

Firstly, I want to congratulate Ninder Johal who has recently and deservedly been awarded the title of Deputy Lieutenant of the West Midlands! His first appointment was to speak at the Launch of the National Sikh Police Association where there was emphasis on the importance of diversity and inclusion in the community. Best of luck in your new position Ninder!


One Million Mentors

I’ve spoken about One Million Mentors in the past, an organisation that I volunteer as a mentor for, the organisation aims to ensure that every young person in the country has access to a trained mentor as they transition into adulthood, they believe that facilitating and investing in mentors will help to address the skills gap agenda and improve social cohesion.I wanted to thank One Million Mentors for nominating me for the National Mentoring Awards taking place on 1st March, I didn’t make the shortlist but I’m still honoured!  However, four of their fantastic mentors were shortlisted as finalists, which I think is a true testament to the amazing group of volunteers that make up One Million Mentors. The finalists are from Manchester and West Midlands, best of luck to: Jasleen Bijral, Louise Loxton, Cathy Armstrong and Jack Skinner!

One Million Mentors are expanding rapidly across the UK and will also be moving into the London area this year with plans for Wales and Scotland amongst other areas, however, where the organisation is at its strongest regionally is: West Midlands and Greater Manchester.  Mentoring Partnerships: One Million Mentors are looking to sign up partner organisations who work with young people in the West Midlands region, (as part of Mayor’s Mentors).

If you are an employer organisation and would like to discuss mentoring opportunities for your staff, please contact them.  Future Mentoring Programmes:  Should you be interested in the One Million Mentors offer for your local area, please contact them to discuss. Contact details:

See their website for more information:

Have a great week everyone! Sam


Tip of the week 1: Three course meal on Valentine’s Day for £23 at Carluccio’s. Details


Tip of the week 2: Up to seven nights in Sardinia including flights and breakfast from £89. Details


From me Steve and from all the team have a great week and keep training

Non-Executive Director at Five Companies and MD of EEVT Ltd East Essex


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