All subcontractors are invited to engage with Community Learning and Skills' Observation of Learning, Teaching and Assessment and other quality assurance processes including standardisation, Internal/External Verification/Moderation, self-assessment and quality improvement plans.
The quality of the provision will be monitored and managed through our existing quality improvement processes and included within Community Learning and Skills’ self-assessment report and quality improvement plan. A management fee of between 15% and 20% is retained by Community Learning and Skills from all subcontracted provision. This fee is calculated against the assessment of risk, calculated from the due diligence process, and level of management intervention associated with the subcontractor.
The management fee retained includes the costs of managing and administering the subcontracting arrangements, the administration of paper and electronic learner records (required for funding returns), the management of lead contracts and the additional value offered to partners of access to quality improvement processes, management information expertise and advice, regular national updates regarding funding and policy guidance, administration of the 16-18 incentive and AGE Grant processes (as applicable) and access to local, regional and national networks.
Payments are made on a monthly basis in arrears following validation of activity through data agency funding returns.
The policy is reviewed annually and in line with the publication of the Education Skills Funding Agency funding rules.