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Details for local authorities and institutions on the 2015 to 2016 academic year high needs exceptional case process
In August, we confirmed the process by which any high needs exceptional cases should be submitted to the EFA by October 17 for consideration. We have now completed the assessment and moderation of all the cases we received and can communicate the outcome of the exceptional cases process.
The vast majority of local authorities will receive an increase to their high needs block for the financial year 2015 to 2016.
We have agreed to fund an additional £7.8 million in places as a result of the 2015 to 2016 exceptions process. £3.2 million will be added to the high needs block with £4.6 million being funded outside of the high needs block directly in post school institutions.
For those local authorities who made a case we will provide further specific feedback on the reasons for our decisions by Friday 23 January.
We are providing an additional £47 million of funding which will be distributed across all local authorities, using a methodology based on 2- to 19- year- old population data. This provides a reasonable distribution across local authorities for 2015 to 2016. We have commissioned research and analysis from Isos Partnership, and published a wider call for evidence to help us work out how we might allocate funding more fairly in subsequent years
Publication of outcomes
We have published three key documents to support the outcomes of the exceptional cases process
- a workbook showing the outcomes of the exceptional cases process. Within this workbook, we have listed all institutions included in a local authority’s exceptional case and their outcomes for clarity and to support commissioning processes
- an explanatory note to support the 2015 to 2016 exceptional case process for local authorities
- an explanatory note to support the 2015 to 2016 exceptional case process for special post-16 institutions and non-maintained special schools
We will be contacting each local authority and institution who submitted a case with specific feedback regarding their case by 23 January. Due to the high number of exceptional cases we received, it will not be possible to provide detailed and specific feedback on a case-by-case basis before then.