To the best of anyones knowledge, am I right in saying that in 2013/14 under the SFA’s ‘New Steamlined Funding System’ that Functional Skills is going to be funded at a single rate, equivalent to a QCF Award (7-12 credits) with a Programme Weighting Factor of 1.00, regardless of the amount of time we expect a student to take to complete it? i.e. £387.
Im just checking for sanity, because it represents a significant reduction when compared to the 80 or so guided learning hours it currently takes our students to complete and achieve which under the current system generates us around £550 worth of aim funding.
As it currently stands, yes (and for those of us delivering discrete classes for adults of c. 170 hours, imagine how we feel).
However, I think we’ll see some movement on this value when you look at what’s happened to the Workplace values for FS in-year this year (ie minister makes big announcement, things change, can’t really see them changing back 6 months later)
Keep an eye on the SFA website today for the Funding Rules and Matrix.