Decision details

High Needs DSG Funding 2020-21

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Children and Young People

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: Yes


Proposal to adapt the methods of allocating high needs top-ups for special schools, resource bases and mainstream schools and to increase funding rates on the combined allocations for places and top-ups by 3%, including for alternative provision.



1.    To fund Lambeth special schools, resource bases and alternative provision on the basis of the top-up bands and rates set out in Table 4 from 1 April 2020.

2.    To increase Lambeth mainstream schools’ current high needs allocations for summer term 2020 by 3% from 1 April 2020;

3.    To fund Lambeth mainstream schools on the basis of the top-up bands and rates set out in Table 4 from 1 September 2020 with new bands being determined by the one nearest, up or down, to current annualised per pupil top-up and any subsequent decisions on bands being determined at annual review.

4.    To set top-ups for FE Colleges, out-of-borough mainstream and special schools at a rate that ensures value for money, which recognises when institutions last increased their rates and which ensures that Lambeth pupils in out-of-authority institutions are being funded fairly, compared to those in Lambeth settings.


Publication date: 29/09/2020

Date of decision: 07/10/2020

Effective from: 15/10/2020

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