ESFA Local Authorities Update: September 21, 2022

ESFA Local Authorities Update: September 21, 2022

1. Action: Extend the year-end statement for school-led tutoring until Friday, September 30, 2022

This is a mandatory return. You must complete this form by 6pm on Friday 30 September 2022. This includes a two-week extension after the period of mourning for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

The deadline for submitting an end-of-year statement is whether your institution received school-led education funding in the 2021 to 2022 school year, even if you didn’t use it.

Failure to submit your form will result in a full refund of the ESFA School-Led Teaching Scholarship.

The local authority form can be accessed online. We have published technical and policy guidelines (including frequently asked questions and scenarios). We have also posted educational videos for schools and academies.

Educational videos for schools and academies

We recommend that you check your answers before submitting your year-end statement. For example:

  • Double check that you put the correct numbers in the relevant boxes – we ask that you provide the total teaching expenditure and the total number of teaching hours provided, please make sure you don’t enter the same number for both (unless you spend and your hours delivered were equal)
  • Check how much you’ve spent on school-run tutoring – your total spending should include our funding and your school’s contribution. If you use all of your DfE funding, the amount you enter will be higher than your school’s benefits

You can read more about the school-led teaching scholarship at GOV.UK.

2. Action: Participate in the National Education Program (NTP) Data Collection Pilot Program

As we improve and improve NTP delivery, we are working with ImpactEd to pilot a digital platform that schools can use to upload and link teaching data within their settings to data automatically derived from MIS and other information (such as children’s characteristics, achievement, attendance, and well-being).

The pilot is free and will run for 10 weeks during the fall and spring semesters.

In addition to being able to link your teaching data with other data held in your MIS and analyze it over the course of the pilot, our ambition is that, in the long term, the results of this pilot can help inform more fluidity, spontaneity, and automation. User-friendly data sets for schools and more valuable analytics for tutoring and other interventions.

We are looking for volunteers to participate in the experiment to help shape how DfE will collect data from schools in the future and to help us understand what information schools find valuable in return. You will receive full support and training on how to use the platform.

Schools that currently offer tutoring, or plan to do so this semester, can join the pilot program by completing Registration Form before Friday 7 October. Places are limited and will be allocated on a first serve basis.

Read questions and answers to know more.

3. Information: Updated SFVS Guidelines and Application Information for 2022-2023

We have published updated guidance for the Schools Financial Value Standard 2022 to 2023 (SFVS). These guidelines help schools and local authorities meet essential standards of good financial health and resource management, and complete the submission of an SFVS checklist.

The checklist questions are the same as in the reporting year 2021 to 2022. Section E of the Guidelines has been updated to detail how schools can use the Get Help to Buy for Schools and Good Property Management service for school advice.

For fiscal year 2022 to 2023, schools must submit their SFVS to the local authority no later than March 31, 2023. Local authorities must submit their confirmation statement to the Ministry of Education within 6 weeks, no later than May 31, 2022. We will tell the authorities local when the warranty statement is available online.

4. Information: National Teaching Program: 2022 to 2023 Teaching guides and webinars for schools

After receiving feedback from school leaders and stakeholders, the National Transformation Program for the academic year 2022 has been streamlined to 2023. The updated program provides schools with direct NTP funding and the freedom to decide how best to deliver targeted academic support to their pupils.

DfE is hosting two webinars to share information with schools about how tutoring can benefit your pupils. The webinars will include guests from NTP’s new delivery partner, the Cognition Education and Education Development Trust, who will be able to answer questions related to academic mentors and teacher training.

Please register using one of the links below – the webinar content is the same on both days:

5. Information: Book an informal 1:1 appointment to discuss your school’s purchasing needs – spaces available on September 23

The Schools Commercial Team offers the opportunity to have a free 1:1 virtual chat with a team member to see how we can support you.

You can talk to us about anything you want to help you make informed purchasing choices for your school.

There is no pressure or obligation to move forward with any of our recommendations after the conversation. Book your 1:1 conversation now.

6. Information: Join these webinars on accredited frameworks and see how you can save money for your school

Are you responsible for purchasing goods and services for your school? The Schools Commercial Team (SCT) within the Department of Education leads the Schools Procurement Program; Providing services to support schools to purchase goods and services.

The team hosts free webinars on how to use our approved frameworks that can save you time and help your school get value for money. Our fall program begins the week of September 26 with the seminars listed below.

You can find the complete program of the fall webinars at Fall 2022 Education Web Page. Visit the page to find out more and reserve your place.

7. Information: RPA Members – Webinar on Crime, Fire Safety, and Occupational Health and Safety Resilience for all RPA Members

It is important that we keep our pupils safe at school.

This session is free for all RPA members Learn more about risk assessments to enable your school to identify internal and external security risks and how schools identify, evaluate, and select RPA funding for physical risk mitigation measures.

You will have the opportunity to ask any questions you have to our security, health, safety and fire safety professionals.

You can find the complete program of the fall webinars at Fall 2022 Education Web Page. Visit the page to find out more and reserve your place.

8. Information: Earnings Adjustment Statement (EAS)

We have published guidelines for providing EAS in the funding year 2022 to 2023.

Could you:

  • Use EAS to amend your funding from ESFA or delegated authorities
  • Access to instructions and supporting documents, including a CSV form file and validation rules, to help you with your return

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