Guidance

SEND provision capital funding for pupils with EHC plans

How much special provision funding local authorities will receive from 2018 to 2021, and guidance on requirements to access the fund.

Documents

Special provision fund: allocation for local authorities from 2018 to 2021

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Special provision fund: allocation for local authorities from 2018 to 2021

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Special provision capital fund guidance

Special provision plan template for local authorities

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Special provision plan template for local authorities - with examples

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Details

Special provision funding is for local authorities to create places for pupils with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), and to improve facilities for them in mainstream and special schools, nurseries, colleges and other education providers. We announced allocations of £215m of funding for 2018 to 2021 in 2017, and in 2018 announced a further £50m also for 2018 to 2021.

The explanatory note shows how we calculated the funding for each local authority.

The guidance document explains what you can spend the funding on and the planning you should do.

To access the funding, local authorities must publish a concise plan to describe how they intend to use their allocation. To do this, please use the special provision plan template. An example template has also been provided.

For more information about local authorities’ strategic planning read the High needs strategic planning fund guidance.

The department provides funding to local authorities for mainstream pupils through the basic need allocations. Further information and local authority allocations is available at Basic need allocations.

Published 4 March 2017
Last updated 29 May 2018 + show all updates
  1. Documents updated to reflect funding allocations adjustment as part of the annual update.
  2. Added special provision capital fund guidance document, and templates to use to create a special provision plan.
  3. First published.