ESFA guidance on exceptional learning support

The ESFA has published the guidance and cost form for exceptional learning support for the 2019 to 2020 funding year.

Providers and employers must complete the estimated cost of exceptional learning support at the beginning of a learner’s programme and submit the completed cost form by email to

The ESFA is responsible for paying exceptional learning support for:

  • learners aged 19 and over with an identified learning difficulty and/or disability (LDD) without an education, health and care plan (EHC) plan
  • all age apprentices that have an identified LDD and are with or without an EHC plan
  • advanced loans-funded learners with an identified LDD without an EHC plan as part of the Advanced Learner Loans bursary fund

The adult education budget funding rules 2019 to 2020 and the Advanced Learner Loans funding rules 2019 to 2020 provide for further information on exceptional learning support.

If you have any questions after reading the guidance please contact