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High Needs Commissioning Review (HNCR) – September 2016

In September 2016 Worcestershire County Council (WCC) began a High Needs' Commissioning Review (HNCR) to assess the processes and the suitability of provision in place for those Children and Young People (CYP) with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND). The review was both internal and external in focus, and incorporated significant work on joint commissioning between Education, Early Help, Social Care and Community Health. This joint High Needs' Plan is the culmination of work across the Children, Families and Communities Directorate, led by Education and Skills, on how to best meet the joint needs for CYP in Worcestershire.

Download: High Needs Commissioning Review Plan

Special Provision Capital Fund – March 2018

Local Authorities must ensure there are sufficient good school places for all pupils, including those with SEN and disabilities.  The Government has committed £1,085,665 of capital funding between 2018 – 2021 to help Worcestershire create new school places and improve existing facilities for children and young people with SEN and disabilities, in consultation with parents and providers.  The capital is not ring-fenced and local authorities can use it to improve special provision for education, health and care (EHC) plans.  The funding can be invested in mainstream schools and academies, special units, special schools and academies, early years settings, further education colleges or to make other provision for children and young people aged from 0 to 25.  Further information can be found in the DfE website (link opens in a new window).

The DfE require Worcestershire County Council to complete and publish a short plan on how the capital will be allocated. 

Download: Special Provision Capital Fund Plan

Download: Special Provision Capital Spreadsheet

Worcestershire County Council are proposing to increase pupil numbers at several special schools in September 2018 and September 2019 – for further information please refer to Education Reviews and Consultations

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