SEN capital funding

We are responsible for making sure there are enough school places in the area. This includes places for pupils with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND). 

In March 2017, the government announced £215 million of capital funding (increased to £365 million in December 2018) to provide new school places and improve existing facilities for children and young people with SEND. Medway has been allocated £2.34 million from this fund, paid over 3 years.

The funding for the first two years has been assigned to projects. We are now looking to fund projects using the final allocation.

To determine the best way to spend this funding, we are inviting schools and interested parties to submit bids for funding for projects. We are looking for bids that will make the most efficient use of the remaining funding available.

When the projects have been selected, we will consult and then prioritise which will be funded from the 2020/21 allocation. Depending on the numbers of submissions received and the outcomes of the consultation, some bids may be unsuccessful.

All projects must meet the following initial criteria:

  • the education provider must be Ofsted rated as Good or Outstanding
  • the bid must result in an increase in the number of places offered to children and/or young people who have SEND
  • the funding would not be used for maintenance work which would be covered by Devolved Formula Capital or School Condition Allocations
  • the funding is not intended for revenue expenditure such as furniture or teaching apparatus, teacher training or other staff costs
  • the funding will be used to provide facilities for children with Education Health and Care Plans (EHCPs)

Timescale for funding

When applying for SEND capital funding:

  • bidding round closes on 29 November 2019
  • selection of successful bids in December 2019
  • consultation of proposed programme in January 2020 (4 weeks)
  • publication of plan in March 2020