ESFA Update continuing education: July 13, 2022

1. Reminder: tell us how we can improve our services

As mentioned in last week’s update, our Customer Experience team would like you answer a short survey about your experiences working with ESFA.

Please complete the survey, if you have not already done so, by 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday next week (July 20). This should take less than 10 minutes to complete.

Your feedback will help us improve our services for education and training providers.

To ensure that your responses remain anonymous, please do not use identifying details in your responses.

Information will be collected, used and stored in accordance with our Privacy Policy.

If you would like to contact the team directly, please email [email protected]

2. Information: rate of obtaining the R10 qualification during the year

In-Year Qualification Graduation Rates (QARs) for 2021 to 2022 will soon be available via the View your education data gate. Please ensure that you have the correct IDAMS user access and the IDAMS user guides provide details for creating access or verifying your user permissions.

This in-year release is based on R10 data and provides indicative QARs for learning, education and training, and internships. We will also update these qualification completion rates during the year based on R12 data.

This in-year data gives providers the opportunity to identify and resolve potential data issues before the final closure of ILR R14 on 20 October 2022. On the 2021 qualifying completion rates webpage at 2022, we have also published guidance for reviewing data based on common data. problems that arise.

If you have any questions regarding QARs, please contact us through our online application form, select the QAR request type. Where the request relates to specific learner queries, please also complete and submit the data request form which can be downloaded from GOV.UK.

3. Information: Find a learning objective is moving to a new URL

Find a learning objective moves to a new website address ( from July 13. At the same time, the link to access the downloads will change to: (

Users trying to access old websites after the move will be automatically redirected to the new websites.

Redirects will be in place for at least 3 months to give users time to update bookmarks.

If you have any questions about this change, please complete an online form ESFA contact form.

4. Information: modification of payment dates from August 2022

Beginning in August 2022, we are combining payment dates for grant-funded adult programs and 16-19 funding. Currently, adult grants are paid on the 14th business day and will transition to the 18th calendar day or the first preceding business day.

  • adult education budget (funded by grants)
  • Advanced Learner Loan Bursary (Grant Funded)

In August 2022, payments will arrive in bank accounts on the same date (August 18), however, in September adult grant funding will be released on September 16 instead of September 20.

If you receive both adult funding and 16-19 funding, these will be paid together and, if applicable, offset against each other when processing payments.

If you have any questions, please contact the information service.

5. Information: Learning Accountability Framework Webinar Download

The recording of the webinar on the Apprenticeship Accountability Framework, which took place on June 21, is now available for watch on demand.

We are working to reflect feedback, questions and comments appropriately in the next version of the Accountability Framework and Technical Specifications – which we hope to publish in September.

6. Your feedback: Ability to support newly arrived students from Ukraine

The Department of Education (DfE) wants to understand how FE middle and high schools deal with people arriving from Ukraine under the Homes for Ukraine or Ukraine Family Scheme.

We would be grateful if the leaders could answer the relevant survey:

seven. Your Feedback: Industry’s Role in EF Teacher and Student Development

The Gatsby Foundation explores the role of industry partners in the delivery of technical education. We would appreciate if a member of your Curriculum Leadership Team completes a short survey, which should take approximately 5 minutes. The purpose of the survey is to inform any future training support for industry associates involved in the delivery of technical education.

The term Industry Associates is used here to describe people who work in industry and who also contribute to teaching technical education through, for example, co-facilitating a session, masterclasses for students and support for the professional development of teachers, the provision of short elements of the curriculum.

Gatsby commissioned York Consulting to manage the online survey.

The survey will close on Friday, August 19.

The results of the survey will be reported anonymously. For more information on how your information will be kept secure, please see York Consulting Privacy Policy.

For questions regarding the survey, please contact Jenifer Burden.

Gatsby also intends to hold focus groups to discuss this topic in more detail. If you agree to be invited to a focus group, please provide your contact details at the end of the survey.

Thank you for your help.

Norma A. Roth