Local authorities must ensure sufficient school places and secure provision for children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). The Children and Families Act 2014 places specific statutory responsibilities on local authorities for supporting children and young people with SEND.
In July 2017 the Department for Education (DfE) announced capital funding to support additional or improved provision for children and young people with SEND aged 0 to 25: the Special Provision Capital Fund (SPCF). Stockport’s SPCF allocation totals £965,792 over the three financial years 2018/19 to 2020/2021 (ie, three allocations of £321,931). In order to access the funding, the local authority is required to publish a Plan, following consultation with parents, carers, and providers, which sets out how the SPCF will be used.
Consultation has been undertaken via PIPS and the Special School Headteachers’ Consortium. Some responses identified needs such as training, support, additional staffing and activities. The funding is capital funding and therefore cannot be used for these purposes. We will use this feedback as part of our wider development. The majority of responses recognised the need for additional places and it has now been agreed that the first year’s funding will be used to provide much needed additional places for Lisburne School.
A copy of the Plan has now been published and will be updated for future years’ allocations in due course. This can be found under downloads on the right of this page.