Special School

Budget Briefings
Special Schools and PRUs
Financial Year
fire exits
Today’s Session
• Context and Key Points
• 2014-15 Budget
- High Needs Overview
- High Needs Block
- Dual Placement Recap
• 2015-16 and Beyond
• Messages from our Partners – Schools Choice
and EFMS
• Cash flat per pupil funding for Schools & Early Years
• Final High Needs Block figures in March
• Pupil Premium will continue to be funded as an
allocation outside of DSG
• Minimum Funding Guarantee -1.5%. No indication for
2015-16 as yet
• Protection arrangements still in place – all things being
• SCC funding pressures
• New Free School Meal (FSM) arrangements
Pupil Premium
• This is the only source of growth in funding
to schools
New Rates
• £1,300 for primary-aged pupils
• £935 for secondary-aged pupils
• £1,900 for all looked after children
• £300 for service children
Pupil Premium
• Pupil Premium is specific to individual
• As an LA we would advise schools to
direct and transfer this funding
appropriately: i.e.
– Where a child moves school
– Where a child is in a dual placement
• Recommended that any Year 7 Catch Up
funding is also directed appropriately
Suffolk County Council Future
Funding Challenge
New arrangements for Free
School Meals (FSM)
• From Sept 2014 every child in YR, Y1 and 2 will
be offered a FSM.
• Suffolk has £1.7m capital funding to help
upgrade Kitchens and Dining facilities.
- this will be allocated based on LA
assessment of need
- insufficient funding for all schools needs so
will be based on greatest need
New arrangements for Free
School Meals (FSM) - Revenue
• The government has announced that Schools will be
allocated a flat rate of £2.30 per meal taken.
Allocated on School Census next year
• No clear guidance on funding in 2014-15
• We assume that this year an allocation will be made
based on January Census with an assumed %
taken up
• We assume this will be allocated as a targeted grant
that we will passport through to schools
• We assume this funding will be available to allocate
before September
Key Points
• DSG is allocated in to the three blocks;
• These blocks are not ring-fenced
• Funding can be moved between blocks – with School
Forum approval.
• Schools Accountancy Team calculates academy
budgets in the same way as Local Authority (LA)
maintained schools
• Funding recouped by Education Funding
Agency (EFA) who calculate academy budgets
– EFA uses same Formula as LA
– Extra funds for additional responsibilities
General Annual
Grant (GAG)
• Funded from September to August to reflect the
academic year
This session is primarily aimed at maintained schools, but still apples to
• Funding remains at low level for both schools
and Local Authority
• Projected Funding to Local Authority
Basic Need
• Plus additional £1.7m for FSM policy
• SCC priorities remain:
– School Organisational Review
– Urgent Health and Safety condition work
– Place provision
Devolved Formula Capital Rates
Per School
Per Primary Full
time equivalent
Per Secondary Per PRU or Special
Full time
Full time equivalent
equivalent Pupil pupil
Any Questions ?
National Data set
• All data used is provided by the EFA
• It is based on returns submitted by schools
• The main driver is pupil numbers
– October 2013 census
• With the exception of pupil numbers all other
data comes in as a % profile
Overall Pupil led funding is 88.40%
High Needs Block
A high needs pupil is any pupil whose needs cost
more than £10k p.a. to support. £8k p.a. for PRUs.
The funding supports:
Pupils in specialist provision
Central CYP services such as EOTAS and Out of County
Top Up Funding for those in specialist provision and pupils in
Mainstream school
High needs funding is based on the ‘place plus
High Needs Block allocations still to be finalised
No DfE changes for 2014-15 funding arrangements
High Cost pupils
The ‘Place–Plus’ approach will comprise two
1. Place Funding – Each ‘place’ will attract £10k.
£8k for PRUs
2. Top up funding: can be claimed for from the
 Based on the assessment of individual
pupil needs and using current banding
 New bandings required for PRUs
Bandings and Top Ups
• Currently individual banding values
• Result of MFG like protection and historical
• Special School Bandings likely to remain the
same although further work required
• PRUs to have new bandings and included in
the same moderation process as Special and
Mainstream Schools
Bandings and Top Ups
• The aim is to have consistent bandings
• These will be set across Suffolk for Specials
(currently no time frames) and PRUs (during
• Likely that MFG like protection will still need to
be applied
• Historical supplement added, which would
have included:
– Premises and other running costs specific to the
Dual Placements - Review
• The LA have been working on and discussing Dual
Placements with schools during 2013-14
• This was the first year of such arrangements
• There have been a number of amendments in 2013-14
and proposed changes for 2014-15:
– Dual placements to work both ways between Special and
Mainstream Schools
– Mainstream Schools will also receive admin fee for dually
placed children when placing at a Special School
– Changes when a child leaves a setting or arrangements
change at a setting, important to ensure the funding is
correctly allocated
Dual Placements - Special School
• This is where the special school is listed on the census as
the main school and is dually placed at a Mainstream
• Special School receives:
– Full place funding of £10,000
– Top up funding for the full year based on the needs of the individual
child even if the child leaves permanently
– £500 admin fee per dually placed child
• Mainstream School receives:
– £15,000 pro rata based on the number of sessions delivered at
£1,000 per day, per term
• The Special School is responsible for processing the
Dual Placements - Mainstream School
• This is where the Mainstream school is listed on the census
as the main school and is dually placed at a Special.
• Mainstream School receives:
– Schools Block funding – i.e. the first £10,000
– Top up funding for the full year based on the needs of the individual
child. Cannot claim if child leaves permanently
– £500 admin fee per dually placed child
• Special School receives:
– If under subscribed on commissioned places - £5,000 Top up prorated for the actual sessions attended
– If over subscribed on commissioned places - £15,000 pro-rated for
the actual sessions attended
• The Mainstream School is responsible for processing the
How the Funding works
Financial Year 2012/13
Feb Mar Apr
Financial Year 2013/14
Aug Sep Oct Nov
Financial Year 2014/15
Mar Apr May June
Top Up Return
Payment Date
• This is the basic flow of the Top Up return
process and timings of payments
• This illustrates a child being in the same setting
for the full year
• This also illustrates the slight delay from the
return to the payments
Dual Placements with a PRU
Key Stage 4 PRUs
• Pupils are full time at the PRU.
Key Stage 2/3 PRUs
• Pupils attend full time for an agreed period of time. The
mainstream school will attract funding through the
schools’ block
First Base PRUs
• Pupils attend PRU on a part-time basis. The mainstream
school will attract funding through the schools’ block
Inter authority recoupment
• What is Inter authority recoupment?
– This is where pupils are placed outside the ‘home LA’ with other
LAs (OLAs) schools and vice versa. Mainly impacts on Special
• The LA where the pupil lives is then responsible for the
top-up funding
• What do you need to do?
– Schools will need to liaise with the OLAs to arrange for a
payment to be made in respect of the top up funding for the OLA
pupil at your school
– The OLA will pay Suffolk top up banding values for that pupil
Any Questions ?
Future Funding
Budget Process
Two Step Process
• First Step: 2014-15 Budget
– Detailed line-by-line
– Agreed by governors by 31st March 2014
– Electronic copy to LA by 2nd May 2014
– Submitted via AVCO
Strategic Plans: 2015-17
Second Step: 2015-16 & 2016-17 Budgets High
level plans:
– focus on change, not detail
– includes LA’s indicative assumptions
• Only 2 versions:
– realistic and worst-case
• Governors to agree Strategic Plans by Summer
• Electronic copy to LA by 30th May 2014
Any Questions ?
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