Special provision capital fund
What is the funding for?
As a local authority, we (Hertfordshire County Council) must ensure there are enough good school places for all pupils, including those with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).
The Government has allocated us £6.59m from the special provision capital fund over 3 years, to help us create new places at existing good or outstanding providers, improve existing facilities or develop new facilities that will benefit children and young people with education, health and care plans (EHCPs).
This could include:
- mainstream schools and academies
- special units and resourced provision
- special schools and academies
- pupil referral units and alternative provider academies
- early years settings
- further education colleges.
Our special provision capital plan
Our special provision capital plan sets out how we intend to invest the funding over the next three years. We'll consult with parents, carers and providers about our plan before the first portion of funding is released to us in the Summer 2018.
This is an emerging plan. Our proposals for the first year focus on the most pressing needs. We'll consider further proposals in line with our SEND strategy - if a proposal supports our priorities, we'll add it to the plan.
As the plan develops, we'll amend and re-publish it, subject to consultation.
Our SEND vision and strategy
We share the Government’s vision for all children and young people, including those with SEND – that they achieve well, and lead happy and fulfilled lives.
The funding will support our work to meet the objectives in our SEND strategy 2015-18: to improve outcomes for children and young people with SEND, including those with high level complex needs and EHCPs.
We're refreshing our SEND strategy for September 2018.
We've established workstreams for each of our strategic priorities, led by representative stakeholders:
- Specialist provision - to plan special provision that meets the needs of children and young people with complex SEND as close to home as possible, now and in the future.
- Behaviour and social, emotional and mental health – to establish flexible provision so children and young people get what they're entitled to and their outcomes improve.
- Speech, language and communication needs – to integrate service delivery, which makes the best use of resources and develops the workforce to be skilled and confident.
- Targeted SEND support services – to ensure services are co-ordinated, integrated and effective; adding value and building capacity in local schools and settings.
Priorities agreed by the SEND Executive
Hertfordshire's SEND Executive steers our SEND strategy and makes recommendations on the development and delivery of SEND service provision.
The SEND Executive is made up of representatives from:
- our senior officers
- mainstream and special headteacher forums
- early years
- Herts for Learning (school improvement)
- the Hertfordshire Parent/Carer Forum (Herts Parent Carer Involvement).
On the 27 September 2017, SEND Executive members agreed three broad priority areas for using the special provision capital fund:
- To increase capacity in special schools.
- To increase capacity in other specialist high needs provision.
- To update and improve existing estate for high level needs.
We'll use these priorities to consider whether individual proposals are appropriate, as they come forward.