Financial information

ESFA local authorities: January 5, 2022


1. Information: 16 to 19 financing methods for 2022 to 2023

In December, we released details on how the 16-19 funding works for the 2022-2023 academic year.

We have confirmed that the national funding rate for groups 5, 16 and 17, high need students aged 18 and over will increase to £ 4,542. Our post also confirms the funding rates for T levels and other students.

We have also provided funding information for:

  • block 2 disadvantage
  • advanced math bonus
  • great value premium course
  • program cost weights
  • teachers ‘salary allowance and employer contribution allowance for teachers’ pension

We have published the allocation schedule. If you have any questions after reading our tips, please contact us using our online inquiry form.

2. Information: financial insurance, monitoring of post-16 funding for 2021 to 2022

The post-16 monitoring dashboard is available, after the close of the submission of the R04 ILR data. View the dashboard online using View your education data. Thanks to supplier feedback, we’ve made changes to the dashboard so that it displays information in a simpler and more user-friendly format.

We are still transferring historical data to our new model after the close of R14 for funding year 2021 to 2022, and this will be available in the dashboard in January. We have posted a Known Issues Log in the dashboard itself, rather than in a separate document, which makes it easier to identify any issues or changes to the data during the year.

Over the next few months, we’ll be posting tips and tricks for getting the most out of the dashboard and using a wider range of media to support providers, training providers and employers.

3. Information: latest publication of local authorities and school expenses

The latest edition of the annual publication of local authorities and school spending was released on Thursday, December 16.

This release covers fiscal year 2020 to 2021 and is the first to include information on grants related to the coronavirus (COVID-19).

This follows the release of local authority planning and school spending and the update of schools by the Schools Financial Analysis Service.

The main findings of this edition include:

  • from 2020 to 2021, the sustained school income was £ 23.8 billion; comparable to 2019 to 2020; and the total gross expenditure was £ 23.1 billion; 3% less than in 2019 to 2020 (£ 23.7 billion)
  • 50% of the school expenditure maintained concerned teaching staff
  • the proportion of schools in deficit decreased to 8.4%, from 12.0% in 2019 to 2020; largest drop since records began in 2003 – believed to be due to impact of COVID-19

Thank you to everyone involved in collecting the financial data, who made this publication possible.

The cost of the Risk Protection Arrangement (RPA) is reviewed annually to ensure that the extent of coverage and value for money are balanced. The department can confirm that the RPA deduction will be £ 21 per pupil:

  • from April 1, 2022 to March 31, 2023 for schools managed by local authorities (LAMS)
  • from September 1, 2022 to August 31, 2023 for academies

While this year’s pricing takes into account recent increases in the cost of claims settlement and the additional introduction of IT coverage, RPA continues to provide good value for schools.

You don’t have to do anything as your 2022/23 membership will renew automatically on April 1, 2022 for LAMS and September 1, 2022 for academies at £ 21 per pupil.

RPA continues to be great value for money and any school that is classified as a public sector school can join – sign up and join today.

If you have any questions or want more information, contact [email protected]

5. Information: Census of the school workforce

Thank you to all who have submitted data and are participating in the validation process of the current school workforce census.

We are aware that there are currently a large number of 6260Q applications still pending (“SENCOs should have a NASENCO qualification unless they have served in this role for a year or more before September 1, 2009”). If your school / LA has a return with this pending request and you need assistance adding the qualification to the appropriate personnel record in COLLECT, or resolving any other errors or pending requests on your return, please contact the The service center team, who can provide detailed advice on how to make the required changes.

Please contact the service desk team through the data collection service request form.

Guidelines for the November 2021 school workforce census are available.