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AELP Webinar

10:00-11:00, 13/03/2024

Learning Support Funding Compliance - sponsored by Cognassist


This session will unpack the apprenticeship funding rules for learning support (LS).

We will look at some of the key compliance considerations that should be addressed when:

  • Assessing learning difficulty;
  • Planning a relevant programme of support;
  • Evidencing delivery of learning support;
  • Evaluating the impact of support and whether it should continue.

An opportunity to understand ESFA expectations, reflect on your own procedures, establish best practice and to ask questions.


To offer support on the following issues:
How to identify LS is in place for those that require it;
How valid LS shapes inclusion, retention and completion rates;
How to determine that LS funding is appropriately optimised;
How to be confident that LS claims are robust. Providers may then assure learners and employers that the funding for them to achieve is secure in its compliance with the funding rules;
Subcontracting learning support considerations;
End-point assessment reasonable adjustments.


Target Audience

All providers of apprenticeships, AEB and Advanced Learner Loans that currently claim learning support funding. And those that do not claim learning support at present due to lacking confidence to claim because of the complexity of the funding rules.


Rupert Crossland, Director of Audit and Compliance,
Professional Assessment Limited (PAL)

Rupert joined PAL as Director of Audit and Compliance in January 2018 following a successful 4-year tenure as Head of Compliance at a large, national training provider. Prior to this, he held a variety of senior auditor positions with the (then) Skills Funding Agency and, formerly, the Learning and Skills Council. This enabled Rupert to gain 20 years of valuable experience and build a strong professional network.

Guest Speaker

Dr Louise Karwowski, Director of Education, Cognassist

Louise is passionate about breaking down barriers to learning.
For 14 years, she worked with disabled Higher Education students through the Disabled Students Allowance funding. She saw first-hand that with the correct understanding and tailored support, disabled learners can have an equal chance of success as their peers.
Louise has been at Cognassist since day one, she now supports various teams across the business and leads vital R&D. She is also co-director of the Creative Arts Mental Health Alliance CIC.


Webinar Chair

Paul Warner, Director of Business and Strategy, AELP

Having been a specialist recruitment consultant to the defence industry for six years, Paul started in the post-16 sector in 1993 on Training for Work contracts for TBG Learning. He subsequently took on a variety of related operational and senior management roles, culminating in a successful tenure as Director of Business Development. On leaving TBG in 2002 he worked as a consultant for a time, including a spell managing WBL delivery at Barking College in East London, before joining AELP in September 2003 particularly concentrating on the alignment of the skills and employability agendas.

In his current role he is responsible for all research and development activities, and holds lead policy briefs in a number of areas including technical education reforms, SEND/LLDD, and international strategy. Paul holds a First Class Honours degree in International Relations from the University of Keele, and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

Married with one daughter, hailing from the New Forest but living in Essex, he enjoys rock music and amateur dramatics, and is training for his black belt in karate.

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This webinar is sponsored by Teachermatic. It is complimentary to attend and open to the sector. Please use a business email address to register.

Learning Support Funding Compliance - sponsored by Cognassist

AELP webinar

Last published: 12/02/2024