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16 to 19 funding formula programme cost weightings review. Research report, November 2013

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Department for Education
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16-19 Funding Formula Programme Cost Weightings Review Research Report November 2013 ACL Consulting 2 Contents List of figures 5 List of tables 6 Executive Summary 7 Introduction 9 Background 9 Methodology 10 Acknowledgements 11 2 Weightings in context 12 Introduction 12 Weightings to fund activity 12 Difficulties over “cost” 13 Cost endogeneity 13 Weightings as an “offer to purchase” 13 The “price” model and complexity 14 3 The overall approach to programme weights 16 Introduction 16 The need for weightings and their basis 16 The overall acceptability of the new arrangements 16 The use of SSA Tier 2 18 The relationship between SSA Tier 2 and Tier 1 19 Factors affecting the internal costs of running programmes 20 Changes in the cost base 24 Approaches to learning and teaching 24 The interface with the Skills Funding Agency 25 3 Differences between weightings 26 14-16 year olds 26 4 Specific views and recommendations on existing weights 27 Introduction 27 Zero sum 28 Views of the weightings assigned to the four bands 28 Views of the “membership” of the four bands 29 Interpreting these views 32 A possible new band 35 These recommendations in context 36 Other specific areas 37 The weighting for A level programmes (including those involving STEM) 37 Foundation Learning in Agriculture 40 The Prince’s Trust Team Programme 40 5 Promotion of activity through programme weights more generally 44 Funding as a driver of activity 44 Long or short term additional funding? 45 Capital 45 Other views 46 A role for programme funding in promoting activity? 46 A proposed approach 46 19+ provision 48 6 Summary and Recommendations 49 A summary of this report 49 Table of conclusions 49 A need for change? 50 4 Annex 1 52 Annex 2 59 Introduction 59 Overall views of the weighting factors 60

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