Special Education Provision Capital Fund: consultation on Oxfordshire's proposal

Local authorities must ensure there are sufficient good school places for all pupils, including those with special educational needs (SEN) and disabilities. The Government has committed £215 million of capital funding to help local authorities create new school places and improve existing facilities for children and young people with SEN and disabilities, in consultation with parents and providers.

Oxfordshire's share of this Special Provision Fund is £2,454,466, which will be paid to the council in three equal payments, between 2018 and 2020.

Before receiving this funding, the council must:

  • Work with education providers to agree how the capital can best be targeted.

Oxfordshire County Council has established a High Needs Review Steering Group to keep the provision for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) under review. This Steering Group includes representatives from the county’s special and mainstream schools, and is one key mechanism through which education providers are being consulted. Through working with the Steering Group, as well as directly with schools, a draft plan for how this funding will be invested has been developed.

  • Consult with parents and carers of children with SEN and disabilities and young people with SEN and disabilities.

This consultation now offers all those with an interest in provision for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities to feed back their views on the proposed plan

  • Publish a plan on their local offer page showing how they intend to invest their funding.

 Following this consultation, the final plan will be published on 14 March 2018.


Proposed projects for the use of this funding

How else is Oxfordshire increasing SEND provision?

Respond to the consultation using this feedback form.


More information


This consultation has now closed and feedback is available. The proposals for utilising the Special Provision Fund allocation were approved by the Cabinet Member for Public Health and Education 7 March 2018. Read a copy of the cabinet report.

The completed investment plan (pdf format, 323Kb) includes details of the Council’s capital investment proposals to increase the provision of school places for children with SEND between 2017/18 – 2020/21. The investment proposals are in chronological order with the Special Provision Fund proposals towards the bottom of the list.

The Plan has been published on the council's SEND web pages.




  • Opened
    25 Jan 2018 at 12:00
  • Closed
    22 Feb 2018 at 23:59
  • Response Published
    14 Mar 2018


Contact Name Lucy Mills
Contact Email Address lucy.mills@oxfordshire.gov.uk
Contact Phone Number 07586478794
Contact Postal Address Education Sufficiency & Access
4th Floor
County Hall
New Road
Contact Details

Consultation Topic Education & learning
Target Audience Children , Young people , Families and parents, Carers, People with a learning disability, People with a physical disability, People with a sensory disability , People with mental health issues, Schools
Geographical Area