A consultation on proposals for the use of special provision capital funding from the Department for Education.

We are allocated money from the Department for Education special provision capital fund. This is a standalone amount of money which has to be spent to improve existing facilities, develop new facilities, or create additional places for special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) education provision.

It can only be used in provision judged as good or outstanding by Ofsted to benefit young people with SEND who have an education health and care plan.

We will receive a total of £616,279 over three years. We have already allocated the money for 2018-19 (£163,000) and we now want to ask for views on our proposals for spending the remaining money (£453,279).

We have to publish our plan by 29 March 2019 to ensure we receive this money from the Department for Education.

Our proposals for using this money are based on helping to achieve some of the outcomes outlined in our  strategic plan for SEND education provision (pdf / 3 MB). This plan outlines how we will develop our education provision for children and young people with SEND in North Yorkshire. The number of children and young people identified as having SEND, including those with education health and care plans is increasing.

The special provision capital fund is separate capital funding from the government, specifically to help us create much needed SEND education places and improve facilities for children with education health and care plans.

This funding is not part of the high needs budget.

We will use this small amount of capital funding to maximum effect, to create more local education provision, so that young people can learn in an inclusive environment, within or near to their own community wherever possible.

The proposals

Our proposals for years two and three are about:

  • work at Brooklands Community Special School in Skipton; and
  • work for the proposed satellite provision for Mowbray School in Ripon.

Consultation documents

You can request this information in another language or format by calling our customer service centre on 01609 780780 or by emailing send@northyorks.gov.uk.

What is the special provision capital fund?

The special provision capital fund is money allocated to the council by the Department for Education. It is a standalone pot of money specifically to help us create much needed SEND education places and improve facilities for children with education, health and care plans. This funding is not part of the high needs budget.

What can we use this money for?

The special provision capital fund has to be spent to improve existing facilities, develop new facilities, or create additional places for special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) education provision. The money can only be used in provision judged as good or outstanding by Ofsted to benefit young people with SEND who have an education health and care plan.

You can read guidelines from the Department for Education on how we must spend the money here.

We cannot use the funding for things like increasing places for children and young people who do not have education, health and care plans, or for furniture, teaching resources, training and staff costs. The guidelines give more information on this.

The proposals for years 2 and 3 of the special provision capital fund (SPCF) don’t include any work in Selby. How is the Council planning to improve education provision for children and young people with SEND in the Selby area?

Our Strategic Plan for SEND education provision 0-25 sets out how we will develop education provision for children and young people with SEND in all areas of North Yorkshire, including Selby.

The Council recognises the need to improve provision for children and young people with SEND in the Selby area. 

As a result we have made a bid to the Department for Education for a special free school in the Selby area – we expect to hear the outcome of this soon. Our Strategic Plan also sets out how we will develop targeted provision for children and young people in Selby.

Why isn’t the SPCF being used to provide staff or training for staff to support children and young people with SEND?

The SPCF is capital funding we receive from the Department for Education. There are clear guidelines about how we can use the funding. The SPCF must be used to benefit children and young people with Education, Health and Care Plans and to:

  • create additional places at provision judged good or outstanding, and
  • improve facilities or develop new facilities.

We cannot use the funding for staff costs or for training.

Give us your views

You can give us feedback on the consultation through our online survey:

Give us your views

If you would like the survey as a paper copy or accessible format, please call our customer service centre on 01609 780780 or email send@northyorks.gov.uk.

Deadline for comments

You can give us your views on these proposals between 7 January and 15 February 2019.