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High needs funding arrangements: 2022 to 2023

Operational guide

Read the operational guide to:

find out how the high needs funding streams work for all types of provision
help local authorities plan their 2022 to 2023 financial year high needs funding
help institutions and providers plan their 2022 to 2023 academic year

High needs place change process

Read the guidance for an overview of the place change process for the 2022 to 2023 academic year, including how to determine place numbers and a timeline.

How to complete the high needs place change workbook

Local authorities should use these detailed instructions to help complete the place change workbook for institutions in their area.

Hospital education funding: guidance

Read the hospital education funding guidance to find out how local authorities can apply for changes to their hospital education funding for 2022 to 2023 financial year.

High needs pupil/student numbers and places: 2020 to 2021 and 2021 to 2022 academic year

The high needs student numbers data workbook shows:

the actual number of pupils in special academies and special free schools recorded in the spring 2021 school census, including the place numbers for the 2020 to 2021 and 2021 to 2022 academic years
the post-16 high needs student numbers for further education colleges, independent learning providers, 16 to 19 academies and 16 to 19 free schools, as recorded in the 2020 to 2021 individualised learner record (ILR) R14 data return – it also shows the place numbers for the 2020 to 2021 and 2021 to 2022 academic years (see the ‘ILR actuals and published places’ tab)
the post-16 high needs student numbers for special post-16 institutions (SPIs) as recorded in the 2020 to 2021 ILR R14 data return – it also shows the place numbers for the 2020 to 2021 and 2021 to 2022 academic years (see the ‘SPI actuals & published places’ tab)

Further information

Read the schools operational guide: 2022 to 2023 to help plan the local implementation of the funding system for the 2022 to 2023 financial year.

Read the high needs funding 2021 to 2022: operational guide for information about the 2021 to 2022 academic and financial year funding arrangements.

You can read the national funding formula for schools and high needs for further details of the NFF funding system for 2022 to 2023.

View the provisional national funding formula allocation tables for schools, high needs and central school services blocks for 2022 to 2023.

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