Decision details

High Needs Academies Placement Strategy and Commissioning Process

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Children and Education

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: Yes


2022-2023 High Needs Placement Strategy and the Commissioning Process and outlines the number of high needs places commissioned at establishment level for the 2022-2023 academic year


Cabinet Member for Children and Education:


1.    Approves the Academies place commissioning numbers for 2022/23 academic year at a total cost of £4,970,000.


2.    Delegates authority to the Director of Education to finalise Service Level Agreements with Academies to give effect to point 1.


Reasons for the decision:

1.    As detailed in the High Needs Funding Operational Guidance: 2021 to 2022: “High needs funding is provided to local authorities through the high needs block of the dedicated schools grant (DSG). Local authorities must spend that funding in line with the associated conditions of grant, and School and Early Years Finance Regulations.”


2.    The high needs funding block provides local authorities with resources to support provision for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) from their early years to age 25, enabling both local authorities and institutions to meet their statutory duties under the Children and Families Act 2014.


Alternative options considered:

As described in the report.

Publication date: 12/11/2021

Date of decision: 11/11/2021

Effective from: 17/11/2021

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