Where a learner is repeating a year 13 study programme as part of the DfE’s education recovery initiative, the DfE expects the study programme and learning aims for the repeat year to be reported separately in School Census Autumn 2021 to the learners previous study programme and learning aims.
As you probably know, there are two possible outcomes in the course management application when a learner joins appropriate classes for an additional year. Where it has been possible to enter that data in advance, the programme and the learning aims will be extended to take account of the additional year. Where is has not been possible to enter that data in advance, the programme will be extended to take account of the additional year in the same was as when the data has been entered in advance, but separate learning aims will be created for the addition year rather than being extended to take account of the additional year.
You will find that it doesn’t matter whether learning aims have been extended or new learning aims have been created for the additional year, as the School Census Autumn 2021 application will ensure that the data is reported to the DfE as they require it to be reported.
The School Census Autumn 2021 application will report the ‘original’ programme and learning aims as ending at the end of ‘working’ academic year 2020/21, e.g. 21/07/2020, and the ‘new’ programme and learning aims as starting at the start of the ‘working’ academic year 2021/22, e.g. 03/09/2021.
Example 1 and 2 below illustrate the two possible positions in course management and how the School Census Autumn 2021 application will provide the same data to the DfE whichever of these two positions occur.
Example 1: Both programme and learning aims extended for repeated year in course management
Example 2: Programme extended, but new learning aims for repeated year in course management
No editing is needed in the learning aims panel of the School Census Autumn 2021 application to achieve the required result for the census return and any such editing may cause confusion.
If a school chooses to obtain the planned end data from the previous year’s return file, this would be reflected in the planned end date for the learners original programme and learning aims. If a school chooses to obtain the planned end date from course management the planned end date for the learners original programme and learning aims will be set to the end date of working academic year 2020/21.
NOTE: DfE funding of year 13 repeating only applies to study programmes, i.e. it is NOT available for T-level or transition T-level programmes.
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