High needs funding arrangements: 2018 to 2019

Information for local authorities and institutions about high needs funding arrangements for 2018 to 2019.



The high needs funding 2018 to 2019: operational guide describes how the 2018 to 2019 high needs funding system will work for all types of provision. It provides key dates and activity for the delivery of 2018 to 2019 high needs funding.

There are significant changes to the way that allocations of funding for 2018 to 2019 to local authorities are determined because of the introduction of national funding formulae for schools, high needs and central school services. The final national funding formulae for 2018 to 2019 and 2019 to 2020 have been confirmed, alongside the analysis of responses to the national funding formulae consultations and government’s conclusions.

The high needs place change notification process launched on 5 October 2017. Outcomes from this process will inform the funded place numbers for academic year 2018 to 2019 in further education colleges, independent learning providers and academies. The high needs place change notification process 2018 to 2019: technical note describes the process for local authorities to notify ESFA of institution level changes to 2018 to 2019 high needs place numbers. It sets out which institutions are in scope and the principles against which ESFA will consider changes to hospital education funding. It also explains how place funding is determined for institutions not within scope of this process. Local authorities were asked to submit their place change notification return to ESFA by 17 November 2017.

The data file 2016 to 2017 high needs student numbers recorded in the ILR and school census is provided to inform local discussion about commissioning arrangements for 2018 to 2019. It presents the number of high needs students at institutions recorded in the academic year 2016 to 2017 ILR R14 data return (updated from 2016 to 2017 ILR R10), and the number of pupils in special academies recorded in spring 2017 school census. The file also provides the number of high needs place numbers for academic years 2016 to 2017 and 2017 to 2018.

Local authorities can now access institutional level import and export data ‎used in the high needs national funding formula. This is available via the Information Exchange in the Document Exchange ‘Other Submissions’ folder under the 2016 to 2017 academic year.

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