In response to issues raised by Further Education institutions and specialist providers the Department for Education has introduced transitional protection for specialist provision to cope with reduced students placed in specialist provision.
The government will offer a level of protection for specialist provision in independent specialist providers (ISPs) and in eligible further education (FE) institutions over the next academic years.
“The purpose of transitional protection is to protect specialist provision for students with high-cost low-incidence high needs. It will be only be paid in instances where the numbers of high needs places commissioned by local authorities in the 2013 to 2014 academic year are fewer than in the 2012 to 2013 academic year. We have consulted with Natspec and AoC in developing our approach to transitional protection for institutions that may be affected by such reductions.”
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