The special provision fund allocations announced on 4 March 2017 are to support local authorities (LAs) to make capital investments in provision for pupils with special educational needs and disabilities.
Local authorities can invest in new places and improvements to facilities for pupils with Education, Health and Care (EHC) Plans in mainstream and special schools, nurseries, colleges and other provision.
Allocations for 2018-19 to 2020-21
The Department for Education is providing £215 million of special provision fund allocations for the financial years 2018-19 to 2020-21. Somerset’s allocation is outlined below:
Total allocation £1,716,394
These allocations will support the Local Authority to improve facilities for pupils with more complex special educational needs (i.e. an EHC Plan or a Statement of Special Educational Needs) in mainstream schools.
Local Authorities were expected to make decisions in consultation with local stakeholders.
The options which were consulted on, were developed with stakeholders including special school head teachers.
As engagement with parents and young people is crucial, we worked in partnership with Somerset Parent Carer Forum to hold a series of consultation events in June 2017. Those were held at:
Bridgwater on 13th June 2017
Taunton on 13th June 2017
Frome on 22nd June 2017
Street on 22nd June 2017
Yeovil on 27th June 2017
Minehead on 29th June 2017
The Somerset Parent Carer Forum also ran an online poll through their social media outlets through the autumn of 2017.
As a result of those consultation activities, Somerset County Council will be using its allocation to deliver a range of facility improvement projects at mainstream schools over the 3 years and works will include lifts, accessible toilets, wet rooms and therapy suites.
The year one allocation will be used to deliver projects at two mainstream schools in Yeovil. The allocations for years two and three will be allocated closer to the time.
In addition to the DfE Special Provision Capital Fund allocation, Somerset County Council will also be investing a significant amount of its own capital funding in addition specialist places around the county.
More detailed information about the projects which are being delivered can be found under downloads on the right hand side.