I’m looking for some guidance on the following scenario……
We are in the process of signing up a learner who falls into the 19-24 additional payments (P86-94 of the funding rules), and have the following questions:
1. What approval evidence you would expect to see to cover the criteria detailed in P90, see below?
2. For the signed declaration from the apprentice (P90.1) would a letter from the learner be acceptable, if not, then please advise what you would expect to see?
P90. Where these payments are for apprentices aged between 19 and 24 years oldat the start of their apprenticeship (please see paragraph 86.2), you must include approval from the apprentice to inform the employer that they have an EHC plan or that they have been in the care of their local authority and either:
90.1. a signed, original declaration(s) from the apprentice to confirm they are a care leaver
90.2. or evidence of an EHC plan
In the past they would have been asked to send a letter from their local council or care authority. This letter should confirm they were under the care of their LA, have now left the care of the LA and are a care leaver as defined in the Children (Leaving Care) Act 2000.
However, the current funding rules as you have quoted only requires a declaration from the apprentice that they are a care leaver and in addition to this they must include that they give you approval to inform the employer.