Transitional protection for specialist provision


Transitional protection for specialist provision is being introduced in response to a specific concern that there may be a reduction in the number of students placed in specialist provision between now and 2015.

The department will offer a level of protection for specialist provision in independent specialist providers (ISPs) and in eligible further education (FE) institutions over the next two 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.