Learning Support Funding

What is Learning Support Funding (LSF)?

Learning Support Funding (LSF) is provided by the ESFA to help providers to work flexibly and provide support to meet the needs of learners with an identified learning difficulty and/or disability. This will enable these learners to achieve their learning goal.

Why claim Learning Support Funding?

Where learners receive additional learning support tailored to their specific needs it enables them to effectively participate, progress, and ultimately complete their apprenticeship and succeed in their chosen career.

Claiming LSF helps providers to:

  • Have a robust approach to identifying learners with an additional learning need.
  • Ensure staff have the necessary skills to be confident in supporting learners with additional learning needs.
  • Invest in resources to support learners with additional learning support needs.
  • Review processes to ensure they are fit for purpose for learners with additional learning support needs – removing any unnecessary barriers and smoothing out pinch points in the process – making it a better overall experience for the learner.
  • Retain learners who might otherwise struggle to complete their apprenticeship.
  • Demonstrate to Ofsted how they identify and respond to individual needs and support improved outcomes for all learners.

How much LSF can be claimed?

The ESFA provides a flat £150 a month between the from and to dates specified on the ILR for LSF.
The payment is made directly to the provider and does not come from the levy-paying Employer’s Apprenticeship Levy Account, where applicable.
The ESFA expects the total earned from the monthly rate to be enough to cover the provider’s costs.
If the cost of providing support to a learner goes above the total earned from the fixed monthly rate, 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 (i.e. if you enter 30 October as the ‘date applies to’ on the ILR – you will not receive LSF for October).

LSF claim process

To successfully claim LSF1 you will need to support the claim throughout the learners progress from initial assessment of learning needs to the last day there is evidence of providing additional learning support. You can see the complete end-to-end process in the funding guide which can be downloaded below.

LSF evidence pack requirements

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.

Download our guide to Learner Support Funding

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.

The report has so much information on there which is an easy read… Click the button, you can see what each Assessor is doing, how many learners have engaged and how many need to, and then that makes it easy to send out reminders as well. The data for the monetary values as well is really good to see, keeps you positive and keeps you going with the engagement rates.

Keeley Nicholson
Apprenticeship Learning Support Coordinator, Lincoln College
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