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Post 16 Funding and Commissioning Service

The Funding and Commissioning Team leads on strategic commissioning of education and training provision for all young people over compulsory school age or aged 19-25 and subject to a learning difficulty assessment.

The team has a number of statutory duties and responsibilities to carry out under the Apprenticeships, Skills, Children and Learning Act 2009, including:

  • A duty to secure sufficient, suitable, education and training opportunities to meet the reasonable needs of young people in Dudley.
  • A duty to secure sufficient, suitable, education and training for young people (10-18 years old) subject to youth detention.
  • Have regard to, amongst other things, the quality and other factors of the education and training and challenge where this is poor or inadequate.

In addition the Dudley Strategic Overview of Education and Learning outlines priorities for 16-19 education and training:

  • To increase and widen participation, improve achievement and ensure that all our young people have equal opportunities to progress into learning or skilled employment.
  • To provide a system and structure that removes barriers to success so that all young people in Dudley succeed whatever their ability, socioeconomic background, ethnicity, gender, disability or learning difficulty.
  • That all young people are entitled to a broad, relevant and coherent range of programmes of learning that meets their needs and offers them the opportunity for successful progression to employment or further study.
  • The team work very closely with the funding agencies – Education Funding Agency(Department of Education), The Skills Funding Agency and the National Apprenticeship Service.

To carry out this work the team needs to build, develop and maintain high quality relationships with local colleges and learning providers to share strategic planning for all 16-19 learning provision and those to 25 for young people with Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities (SEND).

Our key work activities

  • Development of a three year 16-19 Funding and Commissioning Plan identifying current and future needs of young people and employers and work with colleges and learning providers to identify how they will contribute to the implementation of the plan.
  • Implement a provider engagement strategy including an annual high-level Post-16 strategic event, supported by the Strategic Planning Group and introduce ongoing formal dialogue with providers and colleges at institutional level.
  • Deliver the Independent Specialist Provider Placement Process working with cross directorate services, connexions, colleges and the Education Funding Agency.
  • Work with cross directorate colleagues, as well as Special Schools and colleges to develop new provision for Learning Difficulties and/or Disabilities (LLDD) provision within the borough through ‘LLDD in FE’ funding.
  • Work with the National Apprenticeship Service, providers and partners to increase the number of Dudley learners and employers participating in Apprenticeships.
  • Support School Sixth Forms, Post-16 Special Schools to develop arrangements for the 16-19 Bursary Fund, Management Information and distribute Education Funding Agency funding allocations.

Not in Education, Employment or Training (NEET)

  • We work with Dudley Connexions colleagues and training providers to reduce NEET levels across the borough by ensuring adequate provision exists through ESF supported contracts especially for those young people identified within our vulnerable groups. 
  • We working with key institutions, influence funding and identify and arrange new provision to meet our learners and employers needs. 
  • Ensure Audit compliance, Health and Safety arrangements, minimum levels of performance and gaps in provision are adhered to and effectively managed.

Local post 16 Institutions

School Sixth Form Information

Bishop Milner Catholic School 
Burton Road 
DY1 3BY 
Tel: 0845 155 0412

Ellowes Hall Sports School 
Stickley Lane
Lower Gornal
Tel: 01384 817915

Old swinford Hospital School
Heath Lane
Tel: 01384 817300

Post-16 Special School Information

Old Park Special School 
Thorns Road 
Brierley Hill 
DY5 2JY 
Tel: 01384 818905

Pens Meadow School 
Ridge Hill
Brierley Hill Road
Wordsley, Stourbridge
Tel: 01384 818945

Post – 16 Academies

Windsor High School
Richmond Street
B63 4BB
Tel: 0121 550 1452

Local College Information

Dudley College 
The Broadway 
DY1 4AS 
Tel: 01384 363000

Stourbridge College
Hagley Road
Tel: 01384 344344

Halesowen College 
Whittingham Road 
B63 3NA 
Tel: 0121 602 7777

King Edwards VI College 
Lower High Street
Tel: 01384 398123

Glasshouse College (Independent Specialist College)
Wollaston Road
Tel: 01384 399400

Local Universities

The University of Birmingham 
B15 2TT 
Tel: 0121 4143344

University of Wolverhampton
Wulfruna Street
Tel: 01902 322222

The University of Central England in Birmingham
Perry Bar
B42 2SU
Tel: 0121 3315595

Apprenticeships and Foundation Learning Providers with over 50 Dudley residents

JHP Group Limited 
Dudley College of Technology 
Stourbridge College 
Nova Recruitment Services 
Protocol Skills

Paragon Education and Skills (was Platinum) 
Halesowen College

Foundation Learning 
Dudley College of Technology
Stourbridge College
Halesowen College
Juniper Training

The Funding and Commissioning Team is the Black Country lead for Learners with Learning Difficulties and/or Disabilities (LLDD) and is also the host Local Authority for the Glasshouse College on behalf of the West Midlands.

For further information on funding for providers visit Learner Support arrangement.

Links for key organisations