The government funds the first £10,000 (known as ‘core’) of each post-16 high needs placement in publicly funded schools and colleges. AfC is responsible for commissioning and funding places for learners with SEND who need a higher level of support than this (‘top up’ funding). Final agreement of the funding for all proposed placements in all post 16 settings is agreed by our post 16 high needs funding panels (one for Kingston and Richmond), which comprise professionals from children’s and adult services and from health. Preparing for Adulthood EHCP Coordinators represent the interests of young people and families on the panel.
In all cases, panel decisions are made with due regard to the learner’s Education, Health and Care Plan and the appropriateness of the provider in meeting the learner’s needs. We also have a SEND Commissioning team that in some cases work with providers to agree the funding level to meet the needs of the learner.
Managing and monitoring funding, and contracting with providers for post 16 placements is the responsibility of our SEND Commissioning team.