Issue details

SEN Capital Programme

The report will set out how the local authority is proposing to deploy a range of capital resources available to support the enhancement and expansion of capacity in Specialist provisions (including the £9.2 million that has been received from the DfE in the form of High Needs Provision Capital Allocations). It will contextualise that those decisions need to be informed by a combination of (a) our level of provision in Special schools currently being lower than the national average, (b) our assessment that there are both significant shortfalls in our overall capacity in specialist provisions and also particular gaps in our range of provisions, and (c) the HNPCA grant being a beneficial resource but North Yorkshire’s allocation being at a much lower level than across other English local authorities.

Decision type: Key

Reason Key: Expenditure >£500,000 & Affects from than one division;

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Notice of proposed decision first published: 13/03/2023

Decision due: 18 Apr 2023 by Executive Member for Education, Learning & Skills

Lead member: Executive Member for Children & Families

Lead director: Corporate Director Children and Young People's Services

Contact: Martin Surtees, Finance Project Officer Email: Email:

Consultation process

.Each major project within the programme will be the subject of detailed consultation with stakeholder groups, and we will also discuss the overall programme as part of the update of the SEN Strategic Plan (later in 2022).


The decision will be informed by previous strategic approaches set out in the SEN Strategic Plan 2018, and was the subject of extensive consultation as part of Phase 2 of the Strategic Plan, May 2019, and ongoing discussions with Special school headteachers network, and the Schools Forum High Needs subgroup


Agenda items


  • SEN Capital Programme