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Ongoing Pooled PAYE issue for schools

Foundation and Voluntary Aided (F/VA) schools are currently affected by the ongoing Pooled PAYE issue, meaning they can’t access apprenticeship funding due to sharing the Local Authority’s PAYE number (as part of the Pooled PAYE Scheme) and are therefore unable to set up a Digital Apprenticeship Service Account.

We continue to lobby the ESFA, along with other authorities and training providers, to find a workable solution to the problem, but still none has been found.

Until the ESFA provide an appropriate solution, for F/VA schools, the message remains the same that F/VA schools should not offer apprenticeships until the ESFA are able to resolve this issue. We appreciate this is a huge barrier to F/VA schools accessing apprenticeships and keep this as a priority to find a solution to.

"Weeks run from Monday to Sunday. Please note that weeks without communications to schools are ignored and the links will go to the last week where a communication was made in this category."