Education & Skills Funding Agency (ESFA)

On the 1st of April 2017 there was a merger of the Skills Funding Agency (SFA) and the Education Funding Agency (EFA) to create a new body called the Education & Skills Funding Agency (ESFA). Working under the supervision of the Department for Education the ESFA will be responsible for allocating public funds to schools in the public sector and both public and private further education institutions including colleges.


This new body will be responsible for allocating the Governments £60 billion education budget, most of which will be spent on compulsory education, ie children up to the age of 16 – inclusive of all public primary and secondary schools across the UK. Approximately a 20th of the overall annual fund – about 3 billion – will be diverted into adult education and colleges.

SFA Contact Number

The Education & Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) does not at present have a contact point of its own but you can still contact the offices of the SFA if your query regards adult education, or the Education Funding Agency if your enquiry is to do with pre-16 education. The SFA has a main customer service telephone line which you can use for queries about funding or to make a complaint about a provider. The SFA also have local offices across the UK which you can use as a contact point if your enquiry is about a local provider.

Contact the Skills Funding Agency on: 0845 377 5000, or 0370 267 001

Alternate contact details:

Postal address – Service Desk, Skills Funding Agency, Cheylesmore House, Quinton Road, Coventry, CV1 2WT

Education Funding Agency Contact details

Contact the EFA by phone at their Coventry headquarters on 0370 000 2288. This number can be used to request information about the role of the EFA, to comment on an individual school or to register a complaint about an individual school or pre-16 educational setting. Alternate contact details are provided below:

Enquiry Form – Education Funding Agency Enquiry Form
Postal Address – 53-55 Butts Road, Coventry, CV1 3BH