In March 2017 the DfE committed £23 million across Local Authorities requesting them to review high need provision and services for children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND). With a known increase in demand, particularly surrounding placement requests for specialist provision, particular emphasis was drawn on ensuring sufficient good school places in the local area for those with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).
At this time the DfE also announced £213 million special provision capital funding for local authorities to invest in new places and/or improvements to facilities for pupils with education, health and care (EHC) plans across the continuum of provision (mainstream through to special schools).
In both the high need review and allocation of the special provision capital fund there is a requirement to share and consult on local proposals with all key stakeholders including parents, children and young people. The Local Authority has developed a concise plan that shows how they intend to invest their share of the special provision capital fund. Telford and Wrekin’s allocation amounts to £500K (2018 – 2021) with three payments of £166,667 per financial year. This is an interim plan that will be developed further once proposals have been finalised following completion of the high need review.