In July the EFA published the post-16 sub-contracting controls guidance for 2016 to 2017. This includes notice of a significant new restriction that applies to maintained schools and academies that sub-contract the whole of a student’s programme to a third party.
Any school or academy with whole programme sub-contracting arrangements for 2016 to 2017 must inform EFA of those arrangements by the end of September 2016.
In addition, schools or academies wishing to continue to wind down those arrangements for 2017 to 2018 should set out their case to EFA for approval. The EFA will consider any whole programme sub-contracted provision in 2017 to 2018 that has not been approved for wind down to be ineligible for funding.
Schools or academies wishing to respond to this requirement should do so using the EFA enquiry form.