SFA Funding

Jim Dickinson made this Freedom of Information request to Canterbury College

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Dear Canterbury College,

You will be aware that paragraph 23 of the SFA Funding Rules 2012/12 is newly revised and states that “Where the Agency has made a full contribution to the costs of a Learner’s programme, Providers must not make compulsory charges to employers of Learners for any delivery of the learning activity funded by the Agency.
This includes: administration, registration, assessment, materials or examination costs whether incurred directly by the Provider of charged by other organisations such as awarding organisations. This includes charges for identification passes, uniforms, tools and material where without them, a learner cannot complete and achieve their learning aim."

Please can you provide me with the following information:

1. The estimated cost to the college of implementing these requirements in the year ahead,
2. Copies of any papers, including at Corporation level, pertaining to the implementation of these requirements.
3. Can you make clear whether you are intending to apply these standards to other provision in the college, and specifically whether you intend to implement for EFA funded provision.

You will also be aware of changes to the required Instrument & Articles for the college that give it freedom to adopt new structures and practices.

Please can you provide me with the following information:

1. The number of student members of the corporation at present
2. The existing methodology in use for their appointment/selection/election
3. If there are any plans to change the number, or methodology for their appointment/selection/election

Yours faithfully,

Jim Dickinson

Adrian Cottrell, Canterbury College

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Dear Mr Dickinson

Thank you for your email making a request under the Freedom of Information
Act. Our response is as follows:

Part A

1.       The College is still evaluating the potential cost of these
changes but the current estimate is for less than £10,000.

2.       The changes/clarification of existing rules have been discussed
and implemented at the Senior Management Team level of the College. A
briefing paper was provided to a meeting of the Senior Management Team and
after discussion the decision was taken to apply the Skills Funding Agency
rules on student financial contributions to those students aged 16-18 who
are funded by the Education Funding Agency in addition to those students
directly funded by the Skills Funding Agency.

3.       The changes will be applied across similar provision funded by
the Education Funding Agency. The exception to this is that the College
reserves the right to charge for registration and exam fees in the
circumstances set out in paragraph 1.2 (for learners aged 16-18) in the
briefing paper.

Part B

1.       There are two student members of the Corporation.

2.       One student member is directly elected following a ballot
administered by the Student Union of the College. The second student
member is the elected Student Union President for that year.

3.       There are no plans to change either the number of student members
or the methodology of their selection.



With regards


Adrian Cottrell

Director of Finance and Corporate Services

Canterbury College


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