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 allocations: explanatory note

PDF, 492KB, 2 pages

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

ODS, 28.8KB

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Special provision capital fund guidance

PDF, 578KB, 9 pages

Special provision plan template for local authorities

XLSM, 118KB

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Example template for local authorities

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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. In March 2017, we announced allocations of £215m of funding for 2018 to 2021. In May 2018 we announced a further £50m and in December 2018, a further £100m. The additional funding will be paid in 2019 to 2020.

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 update and republish their plan, describing how they intend to use their allocation and the consultation they have done, or are planning. 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.

We provide funding to local authorities for mainstream pupils through the basic need allocations.

Published 4 March 2017
Last updated 28 January 2019 + show all updates
  1. Documents updated to reflect funding allocations adjustment as part of the annual update.
  2. Documents updated to reflect funding allocations adjustment as part of the annual update.
  3. Added special provision capital fund guidance document, and templates to use to create a special provision plan.
  4. First published.