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Special Provision Capital Fund

 Special Provision Capital Fund

The Government has committed £265 million of capital funding to help local authorities create new school places and improve existing facilities for children and young people with SEN and disabilities, in consultation with parents and providers.

Local authorities have been advised that they can invest their share of the special provision capital fund in:

    • Creating new (additional) places at good or outstanding provision
    • Improving facilities or developing new facilities
    • This can be through:
    • Expansion(s) to existing provision including at the same site or at a different site.
    • Reconfiguring provision to make available the space for the additional places or facilities.
    • Re-purposing areas so that they meet the needs of pupils with special educational needs and disabilities.
    • Other capital transactions that result in new (additional) places or facilities’ improvements
    • Investing in provision that is located in another local authority where this supports providing good outcomes for children in their area.

Local authorities will need to:

    • Consult with parents and carers
    • Consult with schools, FE colleges and other institutions which offer special educational provision
    • Publish a short plan on The Local Offer website

Liverpool’s total allocation over three years (2018 – 2021) is £1,902,386.  This comprises of £514,482 each year for three years, plus £358,941 top up allocation, announced in May 2018.

 

Part 1 - Liverpool plan to make an initial allocation of £265,000 on a needs led basis as follows:

Name of Provision

Primary Purpose

£

Clifford Holroyd Special School (SEMH)

Increase pupil places

45,000

Millstead Special School (SLD)

Increase pupil places

75,000

Princes Special School at Matthew Arnold (SLD)

Increase pupil places

70,000

All Saints RC Primary School (Resourced Provision for SLD)

To re-purpose an area to meet the needs of pupils with SEN & Disabilities

60,000

Smithdown Community Primary School

To improve facilities

15,000

 

Total

265,000

Clifford Holroyd Special School:  The investment will create 10 additional places for pupils with a primary need of Social, Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH).  The need to create additional places is primarily as a result of the closure of Clarence High School, which formed part of the Nugent House School and Care Homes.  The Trustees made the decision to close the school in April 2018 due to ongoing financial pressures within the school and the age and condition of the estate.  This school has an Ofsted grade of ‘Good.’

Millstead and Princes Special Schools: The investment will create 10 additional places for pupils with a primary need of Severe Learning Difficulties.  Liverpool has continued to experience a higher than average increase in the need for children with SLD and complex health needs.  Both schools have Ofsted grades of ‘Outstanding.’

All Saints RC Primary School:  The investment will improve facilities by creating a bespoke area for children with SLD who are placed at the school by the local authority.  This is part of a larger scheme of works focussed on the re-organisation of the school years provision which is funded by the Catholic Archdiocese. This school has an Ofsted grade of ‘Outstanding.’

Smithdown Community Primary School:  The investment will improve facilities by funding the installation of a lift.  This is a contribution to a larger scheme that will enable the school to support children with special education needs.  This school has an Ofsted grade of ‘Good.’

Consultation was undertaken with Liverpool’s Maintained Special Schools to identify how the capital investment could best utilised to expand existing provision, where there is a current need for additional places.   This consultation informed the plan to fund provision at Clifford Holroyd, Princes and Millstead.  The plan supports the parental wishes of parents whose children have Education, Health and Care Plans.

A recent review of all resourced provision informed the decision to use an element of the grant to re-purpose an area in All Saints RC Primary school to meet the needs of pupils with special educational needs and disabilities, some of whom have Education, Health and Care Plans.  There was consultation with both the school and the Archdiocese.  As noted above, this is part of a larger scheme of works which is funded by the Catholic Archdiocese.  The plan provides an opportunity to combine the special provision allocation with other capital funding to ensure best value.

 

Part 2 – The allocation of the remainder of the special provision capital fund will be informed by:

a)    Liverpool’s Special Educational Needs Partnership Strategy 2018 – 2022:  Consultation on the proposed strategy concluded on the 30th June 2018.  One of the six strategic priorities positively received during the consultation process was the need to strengthen inclusive practice in mainstream schools by building capacity and supporting mainstream schools to provide quality teaching for children & young people with special educational needs and disability.  The proposed final strategy will be presented to Education & Children’s Select for pre-decision scrutiny, mid-September 2018.  Children, young people, their parents and carers along with other key stakeholders were consulted on the proposed strategy.

b)    A High Needs Strategic Review:  Liverpool, alongside all local authorities have been allocated a revenue budget to support a strategic review of the special education needs (SEN) provision.  Liverpool’s allocation is £183,837.  Liverpool is in the process of seeking a supplier to undertake the review.  The closing date for applications was 20th August 2018. 

c)    As part of the high needs review, the successful supplier will engage with key stakeholders, namely children, young people, their parents and carers and education providers and across the spectrum of early years and post 16. 

The above will inform a plan that the local authority will publish at a later date.