SEND Capital Programme

Update June 2021

The DfE Have announced a further allocation of funding to increase provision for pupils with SEND. A copy of the proposals can be downloaded here High Needs Provision Capital Allocations - Assurance Data Return

St Helens SEND Capital Programme – Update 2021

In 2017, the DfE announced a £215m capital grant for local authorities to invest in, and improve, the quality and range of provision for children and young people with Special Education Needs and Disabilities aged 0 to 25.

St Helens was allocated £166,000 of funding each year for 2018/19, 2019/20 and 2020/21 – a total of £500,000 - from this capital fund. In 2018, the DfE announced further funding, which for St Helens is £348,837 over 2 years.  Feedback in 2018 agreed with the proposal to improve our SEMH school but highlighted a gap in provision for those with SEMH needs who could be supported in mainstream and the need to improve the offer for pupils with ASD.

Since 2018, the Local Authority has worked on 3 key projects to improve our offer for pupils with SEND.  

  • Mill Green - work was completed on a new Key Stage 5 base in 2020, and proposals to increase numbers was approved in October 2020. 
  • Penkford - the Local Authority approved £6.8m investment to re-purpose the former Redbank Community Home for Redbank Special School.

  • Ashurst Primary School - the Local Authority approved £7.7m investment to re-build Ashurst school, which will include a specialist facility for pupils with SEMH. 

Download St Helens Special Provision Plan Updated March 2021

In 2017, the DfE announced a £215m capital grant for local authorities to invest in, and improve, the quality and range of provision for children and young people with Special Education Needs and Disabilities aged 0 to 25.

St Helens was allocated £166,000 of funding each year for 2018/19, 2019/20 and 2020/21 – a total of £500,000 - from this capital fund. In 2018, the DfE announced further funding, which for St Helens is £348,837 over 2 years. 

Feedback in 2018 agreed with the proposal to improve our SEMH school but highlighted a gap in provision for those with SEMH needs who could be supported in mainstream and the need to improve the offer for pupils with ASD.

Download St Helens Special Provision Plan Updated March 2020

In March 2017, the government announced a capital funding (special provision fund) to support local authorities to make capital investments in provision for pupils with special educational needs and disabilities.

Local authorities can use the funding to invest in new places and improvements to facilities for pupils with education, health and care plans in mainstream and special schools, nurseries, colleges and other provision.

The Department of Education (DfE) is providing £848,837 of funding for St Helens between 2018 and 2021.

The St Helens Special Capital Plan has been updated to reflect the priority areas for investment and includes projects intended to be funded, wholly or partly, by the special provision capital fund by the DfE.

Indicative costs and the detail of individual schemes will be developed as part of the consultation process with relevant schools, and the approval to proceed with each scheme will be subject to the appropriate council decision-making process. The plan will be revised as necessary in order to reflect the affordability and relative priority of schemes.

Download St Helens Special Provision Plan Updated March 2019

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