GCSE resits: 5% funding tolerance to be extended

12th October 2017 at 11:17
Measures to protect colleges offering English and maths GCSEs will continue 'until further notice', the Education and Skills Funding Agency has confirmed

Measures to give colleges some funding leeway over GCSE English and maths resits are to be extended indefinitely, the Education and Skills Funding Agency has announced.

A statement published on the DfE website, confirming the condition of funding requirements, has confirmed that the 5 per cent tolerance factor will continue "until further notice". This means that colleges will not be penalised unless more than 5 per cent of their students without A*-C or 9-4 GCSE in English or maths fail to enrol on an approved qualification in these subjects. The tolerance had been scheduled to come to an end after the 2016-17 year, with many in the sector concerned that it would be removed or reduced for 2017-18.

But last November, it was announced that the measure would be extended for one year. Today's news means that the policy will continue to be applied indefinitely.

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