Basic need funding is the money we give local authorities each year to help them fulfil their duty to make sure there are enough school places for children in their local area.
The allocations announced in 2018 will allow local authorities to create the new school places they need by September 2021.
‘Capital funding for school places by 2021: explanatory note on methodology’ explains how we calculated the funding for each local authority, using data from the school capacity survey.
‘Basic need allocations for 2021: quality assurance note’ explains the quality assurance processes we followed to calculate basic need allocations, and shows how these processes meet the guidelines in the Aqua Book guidance on quality assurance of government models.
This funding has been allocated alongside a £50m fund for a targeted scheme to support the capital costs of building whole new secondary schools through the presumption free school route.
All local authorities have also been allocated additional capital funding to invest in provision for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities through the Special Provision Capital Fund.