Special Education Needs and Disability Capital Investment Fund
High Needs Provision Capital Allocations – 2021/2022
In 2021, the Government announced they are committing £280 million in the financial year 2021-22, across the whole of the UK, to support Local Authorities to deliver new places and improve existing provision for children and young people with SEND, particularly those with more complex needs, and for those pupils that require alternative provision, which we collectively refer to as ‘high needs’ provision.
This funding is being provided to local authorities via a new grant: the High Needs Provision Capital Allocations (HNPCA). HNPCA funding has been allocated to local authorities proportionally, based on each local authority’s estimated share of future growth in the high needs pupil population.
The Local Authority have carried out a consultation and finalised those projects that meet the criteria of the agreed priorities. These can be allocated through the High Needs Data Pro-forma (please see link under ‘Additional Documentation’. These will be kept under regular review and the proforma updated accordingly. However, please note that the details held in the proforma are not finalised and are subject to change.
For further information, please contact the School Place Planning team at SchoolPlacePlanning@swindon.gov.uk
SEND Capital Investment Fund - 2020/2021
In 2017, the Department of Education (DfE) released a sum of funding to local authorities called the Special Provision Capital Investment Fund. This was to enable local authorities to invest in improving the quality and range of provision for children and young people with special educational needs (SEN) and disabilities aged 0-25, re-purposing areas so that they meet the needs of pupils with special educational needs and disabilities.
Through the SEND Capital Investment Fund, the Local Authority invested in as many schemes as possible that met the priorities, to therefore enable a greater proportion of children with SEND to benefit.
To do this, the Local Authority opened a bidding round for match-funded projects in order to increase the overall level of investment in SEND provision, but also to meet as wide a range of needs as possible.
The minimum level of the bid was £4,000 and the maximum £100,000; in addition, the projects were match funded by the provider at 25%. Funding was allocated to projects in criteria order until the funding limit had been reached.
The last bidding round was held last year and all the funding from this grant has now been allocated, and therefore this funding has now ceased.