Special Provision Capital Fund Plan
Local authorities must ensure there are sufficient good school places for all pupils, including those with SEN and disabilities. The Government committed £215 million of capital funding from 2018 to 2021 to help local authorities create new school places and improve existing facilities for children and young people with SEN and disabilities, in consultation with parents and providers. In May 2018, they announced a £50 million increase to this fund and in December 2018 a further £100 million to local authorities, taking the total investment in this fund to £365 million. This capital is not ring-fenced and local authorities can use it as they see fit to improve special provision for children and young people with education, health and care plans. This funding can be invested in mainstream schools and academies, special units, special schools, early years settings and further education colleges, or to make other provision for children and young people aged from 0 to 25. Local authorities can invest their share of the special provision capital fund in:
- • Creating new (additional) places at good or outstanding provision
- • Improving facilities or developing new facilities
The allocation for West Sussex is £1,085,114 for each of the years 2018/19, 2019/20 and 2020/21, was a total of £3,255,342. With the additional funding the total is £5,526,510.
The County Council has published the West Sussex Special Educational Needs and Disability Strategy 2016-2019 (SEND Strategy). The Strategy sets out a vision that all early years settings, schools and colleges in West Sussex are able to deliver high quality education for children and young people with SEND, maximising money from the Dedicated Schools Grant. Through a provision review as part of the development of the SEND Strategy, WSCC, like many other local authorities, has identified an increased demand for extra provision and specifically there is a focus on increasing provision for children and young people identified with Social Emotional and Mental Health needs and Autism Spectrum Condition.
The SEND Strategy is being reviewed for 2019-23 but the priorities identified in the current strategy remain:
- • To build a model of educational provision and support in West Sussex which enables young people, wherever possible, to live and go to their local early years setting, school or college.
- • To ensure that local early years, mainstream and special educational provision is effective, of a high quality and delivers the best educational outcomes for children and young people with SEND (0-25 years).
- • To ensure that children with SEND are, wherever possible, welcomed and included within their local mainstream early years setting, school and college.
- Accessibility Strategy
- SEND Strategy 2016-2019
- SEND Pathways to Adulthood Strategy
- Record of Views of Parent carers and young people gathered at Pathways to Adulthood strategy consultations
- Framework for the Development and Sustainability of Co-Production (coproduction)
- Local Authorities Local Offer: What West Sussex County Council expects education settings to offer (area wide offer)
- Welcome blog: Strategic Co-Production Month in West Sussex 2018 (Coproduction)
- Welcome blog: Strategic Co-production Week in West Sussex 2019
- SEND Strategy 2019- 2023