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Gloucestershire's Special Provision Fund Allocation

In March 2017 the Department for Education announced that Local Authorities would receive capital funding to support them in creating new places and improve facilities at existing schools for children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND).  Whilst the funding is expected to be used to develop provision for pupils with an Education, Health and Care Plan or a Statement of Special Educational Needs in mainstream and/or special schools; local authorities are free to spend the funding on other education based provision for children and young people aged from 0 to 25 where this meets local needs.  However, the funding can only be used for capital expenditure.  The funding can be used at a broad range of settings including local authority maintained establishments, independent and non maintained settings, academies as well as further education settings.  It is not intended for Higher Education settings such as universities and any provision supporting those aged 25 and over.

Gloucestershire County Council has been awarded £1.95 million and the funding will be received over 3 years (£0.65 million per annum from 2018/19 to 2020/21).  Full details of the initiative can be found at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/send-provision-capital-funding-for-pupils-with-ehc-plans

How will it be used?

We want to work with parents/carers, young people, and providers to be able to offer new (additional) places at good or outstanding provision, to improve exisiting facilities or to develop new facilities.  We propose to identify schemes to achieve this through using information gathered through Gloucestershire's High Needs Programme.

What is Gloucestershire's High Needs Programme? 

The High Needs Programme has been set up by the local authority to look at how the existing system in Gloucestershire can be improved to meet the challenges faced by those children and young people with additional needs.  With the level and spectrum of need increasing against  a funding system for Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) that will reduce in real terms over the next few years there is a need to re-evaluate how we can work to deliver the appropriate provision and support so that children and young people have every opportunity to achieve their potential.

We took initial soundings from schools and professionals working with children with additional needs and carryied out a survey to hear ideas from anyone who has experience on what works or doesn't work, how to improve, how we identify and respond to children with additional needs and to better understand the root causes.

For more information on the High Needs Programme please visit:

https://www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/education-and-learning/special-educational-needs-and-disability-send/high-needs-programme/

All feedback from the survey was taken into account.  The results of the survey and public consultation will inform a strategic plan for High Needs and a medium term financial plan and this will inform the priority areas for using the Special Provision fund allocations.  We will produce a list of schemes and they will be displayed here.  Further engagement will enable us to review existing ideas and where appropriate introduce new proposals for the how the capital will be used to make the best use of the available funding.  We are proposing to have details of the initial schemes agreed by Autumn 2018 and these will be displayed here.  Further updates on new and future schemes will also be available to view here in due course.   

Contact Details

Stewart King, Lead Commissioner for Education Strategy & Development - lead for the High Needs Programme - stewart.king@gloucestershire.gov.uk

Gareth Vine, Universal Commissioning Manager - lead for any resultant capital spend within the special provision fund allocations - gareth.vine@gloucestershire.gov.uk  

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