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Maths and English funding

Maths, English and ESOL funding arrangements (England)

To help you navigate the various funding and programme content rules that apply to maths, English and ESOL within England, we’ve produced two guides that set out the Government’s guiding principles for funding maths, English and ESOL provision. The guides will also help you understand precisely which City & Guilds qualifications and components/units are approved for use and/or eligible for public funding from the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA).

There are two documents:

Did you know?

  • The condition of funding rules for study programmes now allow learners with GCSE at/below grade 2 to work towards Functional Skills, as an alternative destination to GCSE.
  • The 16+ progress measures for maths and English qualifications have now changed, giving alternatives to GCSE such as Functional Skills and ESOL more credence.

For details, please see the Maths, English and ESOL funding guide for 16+ Study Programmes.

  • It’s possible to deliver components/units of any ‘stepping stone’ qualification that has been included in the Adult Education Budget legal entitlement for 19+ learners (i.e., individual units from our English/Mathematics Skills 3847 suite).

For details, please see the Maths, English, ESOL and employability funding guide for Adult Skills.

For a complete list of all other City & Guilds qualifications eligible for public funding in England, please consult this spreadsheet. It’s possible to filter by sector subject area, qualification level and category of funding:

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