ILR specification: 2021 to 2022

Learning support cost: Field


The learning support costs incurred for the teaching year by providers in making the necessary provision for learners such as those with learning difficulties and /or disabilities.

Reason Required

To monitor costs of learning support and inform future allocations and funding policy.

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Collection Requirements

  • 16-19 excluding Apprenticeships (FundModel 25)

Valid Entries

Must contain a value in the range 0 to 999999


Collected for high needs students in receipt of element 3 support funding:

  • This field should be completed with the projected cost of learning support at the start of the year. If the actual cost of learning support delivered varies from the projected costs then this field should be updated with the actual cost at the end of the year.

  • This field should be completed by Special post 16 institutions for all high needs students.

  • It is only required for 16-19 (excluding Apprenticeships) funded learners at other types of provider, for learners whose element 3 support funding is more than £19,000. The learning support cost recorded in this field is the Actual amount in pounds to the nearest whole pound.

  • The learning support cost is the total cost of learning support required to meet the needs of learners requiring learning support for the teaching year (element 2 + element 3).

  • See the 16-19 (excluding Apprenticeships) funding documentation for further details about funding of high needs students.