Special Provision Capital Fund

We are proposing to create up to 40 new school places for 4-11 year olds in the north of the county, to support pupils with social, emotional and mental health needs (SEMH).

The Special Provision Capital Funding Short Plan (PDF 602 KB) has more information about how we propose to use the Special Provision Capital Funding (SPCF).

The consultation on this proposal closed on 25 April 2018.

We would like to thank all those people who took the time to fill in the consultation questionnaire. Of those people that did fill in the questionnaire:

  • 66% Strongly Agreed
  • 11% Tend To Agree,
  • 4% Neither agree or Disagree
  • 4% Tend to Disagree
  • 15% Strongly Disagree

We will now engage further with existing education facilities and potential sites that can help in creating up to 40 new school places in the North of the county.

The Special Provision Plan (PDF 15 KB) provides more information about how we have consulted with parents and carers and other groups.

The plan will be updated to include any decisions and or consultation that will affect any outcomes of the Special Provision Capital Funding Short Plan.


The council is currently reviewing special educational needs and disability (SEND) high needs provision.

High needs provision is for children and young people with SEND who need extra support at school or college, or for those in alternative provision. Alternative provision is for children who can’t go to a mainstream school.

The first step is to look at what is already available in Lancashire, what we need now and for the future. From this, we will write a plan called a Sufficiency Statement for Children and Young People.

We will develop the plan in consultation with parents, carers and education providers, and will look at levels of demand on educational places for SEND 0-25. The review will identify:

  1. What the council intends to invest in
  2. Where the council needs to invest
  3. What benefits these investments will bring
  4. How the council's decisions reflect service users views

The Department for Education (DFE) has conditionally offered to give the council money to increase school places for people aged 0-25 with an education health and care (EHC) plan

The government is giving local authorities £215 million of funding from the Special Provision Capital Fund (SPCF).

In total the council could get £2,049,599 in three payments from 2017-21.

To make sure that the council can meet the criteria set out by the DFE we will visit all Lancashire's special schools, special educational resource facilities (SERF) and short stay schools.

We have been speaking to head teachers and looking at what the schools offer including:

  • The current number of pupils
  • What primary need the school caters for (such as visual impairment, severe learning difficulties or speech and language)
  • Number of class rooms
  • Size of class rooms
  • Location of the school
  • Outdoor space

Contact us

If you have any questions about the short plan, Sufficiency Statement for Children and Young People or the Special Provision Capital Fund, please call 0300 123 6706 or email lancashirelocaloffer@lancashire.gov.uk.