Guidance for local authorities on the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) DSG deficit management plan template.

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DSG deficit management plan template

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DSG management plan guidance 2020 to 2021

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The Dedicated Schools Grant (DSG): conditions of grant 2020 to 2021 paragraph 5.2, requires that any local authority (LA) with an overall deficit on its DSG account at the end of 2019 to 2020 financial year, or whose DSG surplus has substantially reduced during the year, must be able to present a plan to the Department for Education (DfE) for managing their future DSG spend.

In response to feedback from LAs and other stakeholders, we have designed a template to help LAs manage their DSG deficit management plan.

Management plan template

The template has been designed to help LAs to develop evidence-based and strategic plans covering the provision available for children and young people (CYP) with special education needs and disabilities (SEND).

We encourage all LAs to use the template as a planning tool: we believe this will be particularly useful when discussing and sharing complex funding information with internal and external bodies, parent and carer forums and elected members. It should be kept updated throughout the year to reflect the most recent forecast position and be viewed as an on-going live document including being presented at schools forum meetings and any high needs sub-groups at least on a termly basis.

Further information

Relevant departmental advice and statutory guidance

DSG: conditions of grant 2020 to 2021

Special educational needs survey 2020 (SEN2)

Pre-16 schools funding: local authority guidance for 2021 to 2022

s251 budget and outturn returns for 2017 to 2018

s251 budget and outturn returns for 2018 to 2019

Special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) Code of Practice

Other departmental resources

High needs safety valve

School and Early Years Finance (England) Regulations.

Benchmarking tool

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Published 16 September 2020
Last updated 20 November 2020 + show all updates
  1. We have updated the DSG management plan spreadsheet and accompanying guidance: Correction of formula on the ‘Post 16 and FE’ tab. This specifically affects cells in row 12 and figures on the ‘Financial tab’ to reconcile. Formulas in Column L of the ‘Financial’ tab have been added (rows 94, 95, 99, 100, 104, 105, 109, 110, 114, 115, 119 and 120) In the “Other spend” section of the ‘Financial’ tab, formulas in Columns C and D have been updated to show net figures rather than gross figures, as a result of user feedback (rows 58, 63, 64, 65, 71, 72, 73 and 74) The summary box on the ‘Financial’ tab has been extended to include future financial years, and formulas replaced. Five rows have been added in the expenditure section of the ‘Other’ tab to enable local authorities to record other high needs expenditure contained elsewhere within their s251, and enable all high needs expenditure to be reconciled to funding.

  2. Correction of the auto populated data pulling through on the ‘Hospital schools or AP’ tab in the DSG Management Plan Template. This specifically affects cells C14, C15 and D14, D15 and figures on the ‘Financial tab’ to reconcile. Also, correction of formula on the ‘Post 16’ tab in the DSG Management Plan Template. This specifically affects cells C12 and D12 and figures on the ‘Financial tab’ to reconcile.

  3. First published.