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Education and Skills Funding Agency

Education and Skills Funding Agency

28 Mar 2017

Dear colleague,

I am very pleased to be able to tell you that Justine Greening, the Secretary of State for Education, has agreed that we should bring together the SFA and EFA to create one funding agency from 1 April.

The new Agency will be called the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA).

This has been announced in a Written Ministerial Statement.

Just like the two current agencies, the ESFA will be an executive agency of the DfE and, as Chief Executive; I will report directly to the Permanent Secretary and sit on the DfE Management Board.

The creation of one funding agency is the next logical step for us, building on the significant achievements of both agencies and the closer working arrangements we have already established.

I want to reassure you that immediate changes from 1 April will be relatively limited. But this change provides a platform for further improvement to the services we offer over the next couple of years.

The ESFA will take the best from both existing agencies. It will oversee and be accountable for the funding of all 5 to 16 education as well as post 16 education and training for young people, apprenticeships and funding for adult education in England. It will also manage and deliver our school building and maintenance programmes. The creation of the ESFA will provide the opportunity to remove any duplication and provide a more joined up service to all the organisations and stakeholders we work with.

The creation of the ESFA will have no effect on the contracts and funding agreements we hold since these are and will continue to be with the Secretary of State.

There is one other announcement I would like to take this opportunity to make. I have decided to retire this summer and the Department is therefore advertising for a new Chief Executive to succeed me in this role. But I will be around for some months to come and I will aim to ensure there is a smooth transition to the new agency.

Peter Lauener
Chief Executive

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