4 Market entry / market exit Academic yearMarket entryMarket exit2014/15Calthorpe Vocational Trust Lindeth CollegeUplands Educational TrustMidstream (West Lancs) LtdGroundwork South Tyneside and NewcastleInroads (Essex) Ltd2015/16Ambitious CollegeThe Media CollegeCambian Wing CollegeTrinity Specialist CollegeChatsworth Futures Ltd
5 Section 41Application process commenced April 2014 and now two application windows have been completed182 institutions approved as at 31 December121 independent special schools and 61 SPIsSpring 2015 applications closed on 17 February and the list will be updated and published at the end of April36 institutions applied30 independent special schools and 6 SPIsSummer 2015 application window opens 8 May 2015All subsequent applications will be considered as an annual process, commencing in summer term 2016Application window opens 6 May 2016
6 2014/15 institution surveyAutumn 2014, survey regarding contracts and payment processes for high needs studentsSurveyed every FE college with HNS and all SPIsFocussed on cases where E3 had not been agreed or interim payments madeReceived 383 responses where 202 institutions stated E3 had not been agreed or interim payments made, of which 27 were SPIsOf the 202, 32 institutions had 30 or more students for whom payments had not been made, 8 of which were SPIsFollowed up all 202 responses where mitigating action was not in place, many of which we were already aware of and working onIn February all institutions confirmed as being satisfied with LA actions
7 2015/16 exceptions processRolled forward 2014/15 place numbers for the basis of 2015/16 allocationsProcess to review exceptional cases against published thresholdsExceptional cases process resulted in:£8m FY (£11m AY) of funding committed to additional places within institutions (see table on following slide)£47m distributed as additional funding using population data to local authorities
8 2015/16 exceptions process Type Number of places Cash value Academic yearProportion of placesPre-16 places in schools and academies142£1.4m10%Post-16 places in schools and academies252£2.4m17%Pre and post-16 places in NMSS59£590k4%Further Education and CCP875£5.25m60%Special Post-16 Institutions1299%Total1457£11.04m100%
9 2015/16 allocated places2013/142014/152015/16Allocated post schools places18,50022,25023,300Allocated in SPIs2,8003,2003,300Allocated in FE colleges15,40019,400Allocated in CCPs300550600Place funding costs (E1 and E2)£203.5 m£245.3 m£255.2 m
10 DSG fundingFunding for high needs has increased year on year for the last three years2013/142014/152015/16High needs block total£4.967 bn£5.184 bn£5.245 bn
11 2015/16 student number allocation Allocated student volumes (E1) for 2015/16 on:The basis of the outcome of the high needs exceptional case process for institutionsOnly exception to this is where the count of valid students in the 2014/15 R04 uplifted by the previous years ratio, results in a higher volume than that agreed through the high needs exceptions process. In this case we funded on the higher numberIn a number of cases where there were data credibility issues we have used the count of valid students based on the 2014/15 R06 return
12 2015/16 allocations What if I exceed my allocated place numbers? E1 will be picked up on the lag in the following year’s allocationAny support costs (E2 and E3) will be provided in year by commissioning local authorities as appropriateLAs will fund this through the high needs block and we have distributed £47 million using population data to support this
13 2015/16 funding factorsReviewed whole year data based on final R14 return for 2013/14 as highlighted in the autumn letter to the sectorFor most institutions, impact of moving from national averages to real data would result in a reduction in the funding per studentIn these cases we have applied the same national SPI funding factors and uplifts as used in 2014/15 allocationsIn cases where an institution’s real data generated a higher rate of funding per student than the national averages, we used that to calculate the 2015/16 allocation.This approach is for one year only, to provide funding stability for the sector during a continued time of change.
14 Transitional protection Transitional protection confirmed for a further final year2013/142014/152015/16Number of institutions protected282927Number of institutions not protected32Number of protected places256413TP Funding£12.9m£16.3m£8.1mData for SPIs onlyOnly those that have been eligible for TP in each year are included in the table
16 Timings for 2015/16Published the 2015/16 high needs funding guide on GOV.UK in MarchDecision on placement by 31 May 2015;31 March for 2016 in line with the Act 2014Contract signed with institution by 30 June 2015;Student starts by 30 September 2015;First payment made by 31 October 2015, where a monthly payment has been agreed.
17 Looking forward to 2016/17 Data quality and planning Planning for 2016/17 allocations is underway in consultation with HEGTo confirm arrangements by July 2015Can only move towards a lagged funding system if we have accurate data recorded for high needs studentsRecorded HNS by SPIs at R06 represented 94% of allocated places, up from 85% at R04Will continue to monitor and contact SPIs along with other institutions to encourage further improvements by R10
18 Looking forward to 2017/18 Top-up funding and research project DfE issued wider call for evidence (now closed) to help work out better ways to distribute special educational needs and disability (SEND) funding.Move towards a more formulaic distribution of top up funding and away from a model which is based on historic allocationsResearch project led by the Isos partnership reports back in May
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