Special Provision Capital Fund Plan
SEND Provision Capital Fund – Plan of Intent
In March 2017, the Government announced a commitment £215 million of capital funding (Special Provision Fund) to support Local Authorities (LAs) to make capital investments in provision for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities.
Local Authorities can invest in new places and improvements to facilities for children and young people with education, health and care (EHC) plans in mainstream and special schools, nurseries, colleges and other provision.
Hammersmith and Fulham Council has been allocated £504,000 from the Special Provision Fund, to be received in three instalments between 2018 and 2021.
The Council is required to complete and publish a short plan showing how they plan to invest their funding. The capital funding can be used for buildings, for example:
- building a specialised classroom or
- expanding existing buildings to create specialist provision.
The Government has issued information on:
- funding guidance and
- the template that needs to be published
Find out more here.
SEND Provision consultation
We have undertaken a Review of our High Needs Provision (2016) and funding in Hammersmith and Fulham - evidencing gaps in early intervention and our need to promote further inclusive mainstream education.
Parentsactive, our local Parent Forum for parent/carers of children and young people with SEND, have facilitated a number of focus groups over the last 18 months which have identified a number of key priorities around further developing our Local Offer.
Parentsactive have campaigned and consulted for the provision of a Disabled Children’s Resource Centre in Hammersmith and Fulham. In response to this, the Council have committed capital to develop the new Stephen Wiltshire Centre, which opened in 2018. The Centre has been co-produced with parent/carers and key stakeholders and provides both play and a hub of early education, support and coordination for all children with SEND.
Parentsactive have undertaken a survey of parent/carers with children and young people in mainstream education across Hammersmith and Fulham in 2017. The survey captured experiences of inclusive practice in mainstream education. In responding to this survey and in creating the new Hammersmith and Fulham ‘Moving On’ SEND Service, we will further develop inclusive provision.
The SEND Provision Capital Fund Plan priorities
Our SEND Provision Capital Grant Plan includes projects intended to be funded, wholly or partly, by the Special Provision Capital Fund by the Department of Education (DfE), but also other additional projects that fall within scope of the consultation but for which alternative routes of funding are potentially available.
The Council intend to use the Special Provision Capital Fund allocation for Hammersmith and Fulham to fund:
- A contribution towards the development of the new Disabled Children’s Resource Centre (Stephen Wiltshire Centre) built on the site of Queens Manor School. The project includes the rebuild of the 20 place of the SEN Unit at the School.
- Improved facilities at Jack Tizard School to support the capacity of the school to admit increasing numbers of children and young people with PMLD.
- Upgrading facilities and security at Cambridge School which will support the admission of young people with increasingly complex behavioral needs, thus reducing the requirement for young people to access placements out of borough.
The Council will further consult with Schools Forum, Parentsactive and with children and young people to establish priorities for remaining capital application.
The SEND Provision Capital Fund is a plan of intent, which is subject to change.
Our plans will be reviewed and updated on an annual basis (or as required) and will form part of a wider SEND provision planning process which will involve the Local Authority and the local area SEND Inclusion Board.
This Plan for Hammersmith and Fulham is further detailed in the enclosed template available in the download section of this page or via the link below: