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1. Information: 2017 to 2018 post-16 funding agreements and contracts – new clauses
We have introduced new clauses in the 2017 to 2018 post-16 funding agreements and contracts in respect of requirements to report safeguarding incidents.
This has resulted in a number of requests for further detail about why we’ve added the clauses, the circumstances in which you should make such reports and the information we need. We have published some further information on this issue.
2. Information: list of approved independent special schools and special post-16 institutions
We have published the latest Secretary of State approved list of independent special schools in England and Wales and special post-16 institutions that parents and young people can express as a preference when their education, health and care plan (EHCP) is being agreed.
The application process is annual with the next application window opening on 4 May 2018. We refresh the list termly to reflect continued compliance with the requirements.
Newly established special post-16 institutions or newly registered independent special schools can submit an application as an ‘exception’ outside of the Section 41 application process timeframe. Please email any enquiries about this to HNSSoS.ESFA@education.gov.uk.