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SPoC Funding Guidance


This document provides guidance on how to use SPoC and CEIAG funding
provided by SUN to schools and colleges.

SPoC Funding Allocation

All schools and colleges receive SPoC funding on the following basis:

  • A flat-rate of £1,200 per year (equivalent of 6 days per year)
  • Additional formulaic funding of £14 per eligible student in Years 9 – 13

Use of SPoC Funding – SPoC Role

SUN allocates SPoC funding in recognition of the time and resource required to enable schools and colleges to access, and participate in, the SUN Programme. In the first instance, SPoC funding should be used to release staff from their regular duties to act as their institution’s SPoC. Full details of SPoC duties can be found in the SUN SPoC Dutes and Responsibilities document. Additionally, SPoC funding can be used to release other staff who may provide additional support to the SPoC.

Use of SPoC Funding – Participating in Activities

Remaining SPoC funding should be used to organise, or facilitate, activities/events which meet the overall aims and objectives of NCOP for eligible students*, their key influences, and/or school/college staff.

Please note

  1. Any event/activity needs to be targeted at a minimum of 80% of the available NCOP learner population for that cohort (e.g. if within a class of 30 students, 10 are ‘NCOP learners’, at least 8 NCOP learners must take part.)
  2. If it is less than 80% of the NCOP learner population for that cohort, then funding can be spent proportionally.

The list below provides an overview of the types of activities that may be funded by SPoC funding, including some examples of how schools and colleges spent their funding in 2017/18. Please note that this is not an exhaustive list; schools and colleges are encouraged to explore new and innovative ideas.

  • Inspiration/Motivational Speakers or Alumni visits – A number of schools have used SPoC funding to purchase inspirational or motivational talks from professional speakers.
  • Alumni / Employer visits – Schools and colleges may use SPoC funding to arrange visits from alumni, local employers, or training/apprenticeship providers. Funds may be used for school/college staff time to coordinate visits and any expenses incurred by alumni or employer.
  • Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Opportunities – Schools and colleges may fund CPD and training opportunities for staff. Funding can be used to purchase places on training courses, or a facilitator to deliver in-house training. Additionally, SPoC funding can be used to cover associated costs, such as travel and cover expenses. CPD and training opportunities should be directly linked to supporting progression to HE for disadvantaged young people, and/or underrepresented groups.
  • Travel / Staff Cover for events – SPoC funding can be used to fund the costs associated to attendance at progression-related or aspiration-raising/realising events or activities such as UCAS Fairs, Regional Careers Fairs, or Subject Specific fairs and activities.
  • Revision resources and subscriptions – Resources and service subscriptions may only be purchased after consultation with a member of the SUN team.
  • Workshops & Activities (delivered by school staff) – Schools and colleges may use funding for staff time to develop and deliver aspiration-raising/realising workshops and activities that provide information and advice about educational progression to target students, parents/ carers, and school/college staff.
  • Workshops & Activities (delivered by third parties) – In 2017/18 schools and colleges used SPoC funding to purchase workshops and activities from the following providers:


Funding Allocation for CEIAG (Year 9 & 11 students)

  • All schools will receive an allocation of £50 per eligible Year 9 and 11 student* per year for a careers intervention.
  • All schools have the freedom to choose who delivers the CEIAG interventions to their students however SUN have the following stipulations which have to be agreed to before receiving the funding:
    • The CEIAG adviser/ teacher has to be qualified to LEVEL 6 or 7 Diploma in Career Guidance and Development;
    • The CEIAG adviser is either employed by an organisation that has the matrix quality standard (; or is a sole trader and on the Career Development Institute (CDI) professional register. All CEIAG advisers should work to the CDI code of ethics;
    • The CEIAG adviser/ teacher has a current enhanced DBS check;
    • The CEIAG adviser/ teacher will agree to take part in one CPD activity within the contracted year delivered by the local authority, SUN or another approved supplier; and
    • The SPOC will record and report the number of CEIAG interventions by students domiciled in target ward areas as stipulate in the SUN evaluation and monitoring framework.
  • A careers intervention can include, and shall not be limited to, careers interviews (either one to one or group interviews), mock interviews, mentoring, careers workshops or activities


Funding Allocation for CEIAG (Year 12 & 13 students)

  • Additional funding of £50 per eligible Year 12 and 13 student* can be applied for if they meet the following criteria:

For Year 12/13

  • Have no clear destination goal or plans for post level 3 qualifications
  • Have been highlighted as a vulnerable student by their previous school or college
  • Were a late applicant to their level 2 or 3 course (applied to the course, or transferred to the course, after GCSE results day)
  • Are resitting Maths and/or English GCSEs
  • Have identified pastoral concerns (identified by the learner, their parent, their previous school, and/or a current teacher/tutor)
  • Has experience some disruption to their education in the past three years
  • Are in receipt of additional support for a learning need or mental health issue


CEIAG funding for Year 12 & 13 is only available on request. SPoCs should liaise with their relevant SUN contact if they wish to put in an application.