Transferring £1.5m to High Needs Block for 2021/22

Closed 10 Dec 2020

Opened 25 Nov 2020

Overview

One of our key policy focuses is to support inclusion and increase access to local mainstream schools by reducing both the number of permanent exclusions and escalations to special schools.  We plan to deliver this by building and sharing good practice within and across Sheffield schools and beyond the school; ensuring a clear and accessible continuum of support in schools and provision into schools under “early help” and then “targeted support”.

To deliver this objective, the Sheffield Schools Forum approved a transfer of 0.5% (£1.5m) from the Schools Block to the High Needs Block in 2018/19, 2019/20, and 2020/21.  The focus of this investment is covered in the downloadable documents below and has been complemented and supported by capital grants to develop provision.

We are proposing to redirect £1.5m of Schools Block funding to the High Needs Block in 2021/2022 to allow for further development and maturing of the interventions which began in 2018/19, and allow time for an evaluation of impact of these interventions with the sector in order to develop proposals on future provision.

Prior to the decision at the December Schools Forum, we are inviting comments from schools by 10 December 2020 to let us know if you are in agreement with this proposal.  Please note that the final decision will be made by the Schools Forum, but will take into consideration the results of this consultation.

What happens next

Agreeing the redirection of the £1.5m in 2020/21 will allow for further development and maturing of the interventions which began in 2018/19, and allow time to fully consult on and develop the strategy around the middle tier provision - which has been well received - to develop expertise and confidence in mainstream; reducing the current pattern of pupils leaving local mainstream provision to travel distances to specialist provision.

Recommendations made to the December Schools Forum will take into consideration the results of this consultation.

Areas

  • All Areas

Audiences

  • Anyone from any background

Interests

  • Children's activities and events
  • Parent Assemblies