The Interim Director of Childrens Services submitted a report which considered the outcome of consultation on High Needs SEN and Alternative Provision Funding.
The report detailed the consultation undertaken, the outcomes of the consultation including a summary of the responses, and the proposed changes to the High Needs SEN Funding recommended for implementation with effect from April 2017.
That the Executive Member for Education and Skills:
1. Noted the support received from Education Providers for the proposals to amend both the High Needs SEN Funding and the Alternative Provision Funding with effect from 1 April 2017.
2. Approved the proposals set out in Paragraph 7 of the submitted report.
3. Noted that a report on the High Needs Block Budget for 2017-2018 would be presented to the Executive Member for approval incorporating the outcomes of this funding consultation and the recommendations supported by members of the Schools Management Forum relating to the transfer of funding from the Early Years Block Budget and the Schools Block Budget to the High Needs Block Budget.
The decision was supported by the following reasons:
The proposed changes would assist the Local Authority in ensuring that its High Needs funding arrangements were transparent and provided the Local Authority with an opportunity to meet the needs of children and young people 0-25 (SEND) and pre 16 children and young people who required Alternative Provision.