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2 High Needs Funding Update Peter Mucklow Director for Young People Education Funding Agency

3 Where are we now?

4 Market entry / market exit Academic year Market entryMarket exit 2014/15Calthorpe Vocational Trust Lindeth College Uplands Educational TrustMidstream (West Lancs) Ltd Groundwork South Tyneside and Newcastle Inroads (Essex) Ltd 2015/16Ambitious College The Media College Cambian Wing College Trinity Specialist College Chatsworth Futures Ltd

5 Section 41  Application process commenced April 2014 and now two application windows have been completed  182 institutions approved as at 31 December  121 independent special schools and 61 SPIs  Spring 2015 applications closed on 17 February and the list will be updated and published at the end of April  36 institutions applied  30 independent special schools and 6 SPIs  Summer 2015 application window opens 8 May 2015  All subsequent applications will be considered as an annual process, commencing in summer term 2016  Application window opens 6 May 2016

6 2014/15 institution survey  Autumn 2014, survey regarding contracts and payment processes for high needs students  Surveyed every FE college with HNS and all SPIs  Focussed on cases where E3 had not been agreed or interim payments made  Received 383 responses where 202 institutions stated E3 had not been agreed or interim payments made, of which 27 were SPIs  Of the 202, 32 institutions had 30 or more students for whom payments had not been made, 8 of which were SPIs  Followed up all 202 responses where mitigating action was not in place, many of which we were already aware of and working on  In February all institutions confirmed as being satisfied with LA actions

7 2015/16 exceptions process  Rolled forward 2014/15 place numbers for the basis of 2015/16 allocations  Process to review exceptional cases against published thresholds  Exceptional 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 TypeNumber of places Cash value Academic year Proportion of places Pre-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 Institutions129£1.4m9% Total1457£11.04m100%

9 2015/16 allocated places 2013/142014/152015/16 Allocated post schools places 18,50022,25023,300 Allocated in SPIs2,8003,2003,300 Allocated in FE colleges 15,40018,50019,400 Allocated in CCPs300550600 Place funding costs (E1 and E2) £203.5 m£245.3 m£255.2 m

10 DSG funding  Funding for high needs has increased year on year for the last three years 2013/142014/152015/16 High 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 institutions  Only 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 number  In 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 allocation  Any support costs (E2 and E3) will be provided in year by commissioning local authorities as appropriate  LAs will fund this through the high needs block and we have distributed £47 million using population data to support this

13 2015/16 funding factors  Reviewed whole year data based on final R14 return for 2013/14 as highlighted in the autumn letter to the sector  For most institutions, impact of moving from national averages to real data would result in a reduction in the funding per student  In these cases we have applied the same national SPI funding factors and uplifts as used in 2014/15 allocations  In 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 2013/142014/152015/16 Number of institutions protected 282927 Number of institutions not protected 322729 Number of protected places 256413 TP Funding £12.9m£16.3m£8.1m Transitional protection confirmed for a further final year Data for SPIs only Only those that have been eligible for TP in each year are included in the table

15 Looking ahead

16 Timings for 2015/16  Published the 2015/16 high needs funding guide on GOV.UK in March2015/16 high needs funding guide  Decision on placement by 31 May 2015;  31 March for 2016 in line with the Act 2014  Contract 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 HEG  To confirm arrangements by July 2015  Can only move towards a lagged funding system if we have accurate data recorded for high needs students  Recorded HNS by SPIs at R06 represented 94% of allocated places, up from 85% at R04  Will 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.wider call for evidence  Move towards a more formulaic distribution of top up funding and away from a model which is based on historic allocations  Research project led by the Isos partnership reports back in May

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