DfE launch new Flexible Learning Fund

The Department for Education have recently launched the new Flexible Learning Fund which will make up to £10 million available to help providers to developing new ways to support adults to progress or retrain. The Derbyshire network would like to look at the possibility of submitting a collaborative submission and welcomes any suggestions and ideas.

This is part of a £40 million package aimed at piloting new approaches to lifelong learning which were announced in last year’s spring budget

Guidance has been issued which includes a concentration on projects must, “centre on the delivery of basic skills, or on intermediate or higher level technical learning.”

The fund will provide grants of up £1 million to projects that, “design, or enhance a method of delivering learning that is not currently widely available, and that is accessible to in-work adults or labour-market returners, catering to their specific needs in a way that breaks down barriers to learning faced by these groups.”

The Fund has four broad categories of interest:

  1. Delivery on a more flexible or convenient timetable
  2. Making online and blended learning work for adults
  3. Delivery outside the classroom 
  4. Delivery methods that allow for caring responsibilities and returning to the labour market

Full details of the guidance to this fund can be found on the ESFA website, links below

Read the guidance here……..Flexible Learning Fund Guidance 

Read the specification here……Flexible Learning Fund Specification 

Flexible Learning Fund Submission Fund Proposal Form