AEB (Adult Education Budget) refers to Learning Support Funding which can be used to support adults with identified learning difficulties or disabilities (LDD) during short skills training courses. The funding is provided to enable providers to meet the additional needs of the learner. The funding stream itself is called LSF1 (Learning Support Funding) and is claimed through the ESFA (Education and Skills Funding Agency).
When learners receive additional learning support tailored to their identified needs, it enables them to participate, progress effectively, and ultimately complete their training course. This success can lead to new training and employment opportunities. When learners don’t receive proper support, they are more likely to feel stressed and drop out of their course, preventing further progress.
Claiming LSF gives providers the funding and support to::
The ESFA provides a flat rate of £150 a month between the from and to dates specified on the ILR (Individualised Learner Report).
The payment is made directly to the provider.
The ESFA expects the total earned from the monthly rate to be enough to cover the provider’s costs.
If the monthly cost of providing support to a learner goes above the fixed monthly rate of £150, and you have evidence of the excess, you can claim for this excess through the Earnings Adjustment Statement (EAS).
The learner must be receiving additional learning support on the last day of the month to receive LSF for that month. For example, if you enter 29 October as the ‘date applies to’ on the ILR, you will not receive LSF for October.
The ESFA calculate LSF payments for each full calendar month where organisations show evidence of the support provided. You can only claim for courses that cover at least one whole calendar month. If you offer courses that are one month long in total but comprise of two partial months, these will not be eligible.
Cognassist provides support on the evidence you will need to collect at the outset of the learner’s course. However, with this evidence in place, you can subsequently claim for the same learner if they choose to progress onto a separate or successive course using the same ILR and continued monthly evidence of the support provided.
We have modified the Cognassist tool to allow learners to benefit from our support in as little as three months. Therefore, providers of back-to-work training and adult education courses will be able to identify learners with a need and claim the available funding to facilitate better all-round support.
To successfully claim LSF1, providers will need to evidence the claim throughout the learner’s progress. Starting from an initial assessment of learning needs up to the last day on which the learner receives additional learning support. You can see the complete end-to-end process in our funding guide, which is available for download below.
The evidence pack is particularly important and should contain all of the relevant evidence relating to the learner, including LSF. The ESFA guidance requires providers to hold details of any support needs identified, including an assessment of learning needs; details of how you will meet these needs and a record of all outcomes.
This guide is for organisations who are considering submitting a claim for LSF1. It may also be useful for others who are unsure of the process or who simply want to learn more about supporting learners with additional learning needs.
About the author
Having worked in the education and training sector for 30 years, including five years as a Senior Director with the National Apprenticeship Service, Jaine Bolton has in-depth knowledge of policy and first-hand experience of best practice.