DfE consults on post-16 subcontracting reforms

The Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) are seeking views from providers who have an interest in subcontracted delivery to inform their thinking about reforms to subcontracting arrangements.

The ESFA has launched a 6-week consultation with post-16 education and skills institutions about future arrangements for post-16 education and training delivered under a subcontracting arrangement. The purpose of the consultation is to understand the sector’s views about proposed reforms to eliminate poor subcontracting arrangements, and better monitor subcontracts to ensure the best possible outcome for learners.

The consultation will enable ESFA to understand the impact of the proposed reforms, and help the agency to assess any implications for providers or learners. ESFA will take into account providers’ contractual commitments and use this insight to shape the pace and scope of change for subcontracting rules from 2020 to 2021 onwards.

The review aims to:

  • strengthen our monitoring and improve our assessment of risk to identify problems earlier
  • intervene more quickly and decisively
  • harmonise and clarify the rules and requirements across post-16 funding streams
  • reduce the overall volume of subcontracted activity in the sector
  • eliminate subcontracting that is undertaken for purely financial reasons
  • retain subcontracting that meets niche or specialised needs, improves access and provides opportunities for disadvantaged learners

To submit your views, please visit the DfE consultation website. The consultation closes on 17 March 2020.