Presentation on theme: "Workshop for ‘Learning for Living and Work’ Summer Conference"— Presentation transcript:
1 Workshop for ‘Learning for Living and Work’ Summer Conference “Understanding Changes in funding for pupils and students with high needs”Workshop for ‘Learning for Living and Work’ Summer Conference19th June 2013
2 Purpose of workshop Give overview of national SEN funding changes Summarise how new system will operate for schools, alternative providers and FE colleges in HertsConsolidate your understanding of how funding works in your sectorExtend your understanding of how funding works in sectors into/from which your students progressAnswer questions and concerns where possible (not everything currently known, nationally or locally)
3 Aims of the new national system To operate within current statutory framework on assessment, admissions and accountability (SEN statutory changes from autumn 2014)To support structural reform of school system (academies and free schools) and move towards national funding formulaTo encourage greater accountability and choice for parentsNo change to spending power or total budgetsA new 0 – 25 system, placing with LAs the responsibility and funding for CYP with high cost needsHigher incidence, lower cost needs to be met by schools and colleges from delegated budgets
4 Key elements in the new system Consistency (equivalence) across forms of provisionAcademies and maintained schools funded similarlyImproving ‘cross- LA border’ arrangementsGreater clarity about responsibilities (commissioner and provider)Provide better information for parents on the ‘local offer’Funding for high needs pupils: ‘place plus’ and top-upsBring pre- and post- 16 high needs funding togetherAlignment of school and college systems funding post-16Three notional funding blocks: Schools, Early Years and High Needs (not ring-fenced)
5 Model for high needs funding Pre-16 SEN and APPost-16 SEN and LDDMainstream settingsSpecialist settingsAll settingsElement 1: Core education fundingPLACE LEDMainstream per-pupil funding (AWPU)Base funding of £10,000 for SEN and £8,000 for AP placements, which is roughly equivalent to the level up to which a mainstream provider would have contributed to the additional support provision of a high needs pupil. Base funding is provided on the basis of planned places.Mainstream per-student funding (as calculated by the national funding system)Element 2: Additional support fundingContribution of £6,000 to additional support required by a pupil with high needs, from the notional SEN budgetContribution of £6,000 to additional support required by a student with high needsElement 3: Top-up fundingPUPIL LED“Top-up” funding from the commissioner to meet the needs of each pupil or student placed in the institutionThis diagram appeared as Figure 1 (p.43) of School funding reform: Next steps towards a fairer system.
6 Top-up fundingTop-up funding provided to the setting by the commissioner based on assessed need of pupilCommissioner will be LA or mainstream school (in the case of alternative provision)If pupil is from out of LA, commissioner will be pupil’s home LA, paying school directTop-up for pupils in mainstream school requiring additional support more than £6k (£4.5k in Herts)Top-up for each special unit in mainstream where cost is beyond £10k base fundingTop-up only paid while pupil is on roll
7 High needs block (11 permitted elements) Delegated budgets of special schoolsCentrally funded provision for individual pupilsSEN support servicesSupport for inclusionIndependent special school feesInter-authority recoupment (historical)Pupil referral unitsEducation out of schoolDelegated allocations relating to individual pupilsDelegated allocations relating to special unitsPost-16 SEN expenditure
8 SEN funding in Herts mainstream Simplification of overall mainstream formula (max. 12 elements), with less flexibility for LA/ Schools ForumLargely same factors as now to generate notional SEN budget funding: % AWPU, prior attainment, deprivationFrom this schools required to fund up to £4.5k for any pupil with SEN to support additional needsPupils requiring more than £4.5k additional support, as identified by exceptional needs funding (ENF) process, will receive top-up from high needs blockNumbers: approx. £40m total in notional SEN funding and £4.6m for top ups (500 pupils in 250 schools)
9 Herts specialist provision LA commissions number of places (August ‘12 for financial year)Mainstream specialist units receive £10k per place, plus top up per pupil in most units (similar cost for each type)Special schools receive £10k per place plus average top up amount for each pupil on rollSpecial school top up figures vary between schools based on type, size and historical factorsLess stability of funding for specialist provision than previous place funding modelNumbers: approx. £36m for 25 special schools
10 Herts ESCs ESCs receive £8k for each place (mostly 40 places) Range of services provided by an ESC, including short-term placements and outreachRest of the ESC’s funding is for a commissioned service as set out in an SLA with the local authorityFunding this year based on budgets plus some new delegation (e.g. premises) to give alternative provision a full delegated budget in line with schools
11 Herts FE collegesPrevious FE funding for high cost additional learning support (ALS, £5.5-19k) and Improving Choice (£19k+)Funding for top ups transferring from Education Funding Agency (EFA) to local authorities from September 2013Colleges receive course costs (Element 1) for all students and funding for deprivation and prior attainmentAdditional support of £6k per high needs student (Element 2, based on January 2013 numbers)Elements effectively paid direct to College by EFAColleges and local authority working together to finalise no. of high needs students and level of top up funding
12 Questions and discussion What else would you like to know about the funding changes?What further explanation or information is required?What are the implications for funding of learners working at level I and below?What impact might the new funding arrangements have on student progression, between and within institutions?