Decision details

Decision to fund a Nurture provision at Edith Weston Primary Academy to enable the school to operate a facility and develop primary outreach support

Decision Maker: Strategic Director for People

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: No


The DfE have provided Special Provision Capital Fund of £848,837 over three years (201821) to enable RCC to meet Programme Objectives:

• Use the DfE Capital funding to provide in-county educational places for students with Special Educational Needs or Disabilities (SEND) and who have an Education, Health and Care plan (EHCP). • Increase local provision and be less reliant on out of county or independent provision, so that children with SEND have excellent access to local education. Children who are able to attend, are better able to build positive peer and community links and are more prepared for adulthood and independence. • Give effective transitions for children from Primary to Secondary school and to post 16 provision and onto adulthood. • Manage the flow of young people into secondary education and ensure that the have opportunities to experience a supportive mainstream curriculum. • Have a positive impact on the financial cost and physical impact of transporting children with SEND which comes from the RCC General Fund.
Grow quality of practice and support to families, and respond to what children and families tell us is important about local schools and services. • Resources to be deployed to meet wider SEND system changing strategic objectives. Assist in encouraging aspirational inclusion leadership in schools, ensuring that staff have skills and confidence to support children in mainstream education where this is possible. • Lead to a longer term positive financial impact on the High Needs Block- Designated Schools Grant.


To deploy £26k Capital funding to undertake construction works at Edith Weston Primary Academy protected under a signed legal agreement with the Brooke Hill Academy Trust Limited
To progress the building project which will deliver more local education facilities for children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities.

Alternative options considered:

RCC have undertaken needs analysis that demonstrate a need for this new facility, other sites were approached using a fair process and discounted in due course.
Legal agreements provide assurance and mitigate the risk to both parties, therefore not entering into proportionate agreements was considered and discounted as a course of action.

Publication date: 22/07/2020

Date of decision: 22/07/2020