Education Funding Agency: Staff

Department for Education written question – answered at on 15 September 2016.

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Photo of David Winnick David Winnick Labour, Walsall North

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many staff at the Education Funding Agency assist with assessing applications to the Condition Improvement Fund; and how many staff assisted with such applications in each of the last three years.

Photo of Edward Timpson Edward Timpson Minister of State (Education)

Holding answer received on 12 September 2016

Each CIF application was assessed twice independently. 9 EFA technical assessors worked on the assessment of CIF bids between January and February 2016 (alongside other duties). The EFA also contracted 2 external technical assessor suppliers to assess CIF applications. These suppliers assessed CIF bids between January and February 2016. Each supplier utilised some 25-30 assessors in total through the period, reducing or increasing levels according to the progress they were making against the deadline for assessing bids. In addition 9 other EFA staff worked on the Condition Improvement Fund throughout the 2016-17 programme on matters like processing applications and managing assessors.

The resource approach to previous bidding rounds has been similarly based on the volume of applications received.

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