Friday 11 June 2010

Funding for services – LACSEG

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Funding for services

 

Each year, Academies receive a General Annual Grant (GAG) to cover the running costs of the Academy. This includes some funding for services which the local authority would normally provide to maintained schools, which is included within the part of the GAG called the Local Authority Central Spend Equivalent (LACSEG). Where Academies receive funding through LACSEG, the intention is that they themselves should pay for these services, which may involve buying back LA services or contracting with other providers. However, the LA itself retains the funding for certain services and, in these cases, the Academy has access to these services at no cost.

 

The following table outlines which services are covered by LACSEG or other DCSF funding and which should be provided free of charge by the LA.

 

Service LACSEG? Academy situation
Provision for pupils with SEN (including assigned resources) N LA pays Academy directly
Provision for pupils with SEN not included in above. Y Included in separate SEN LACSEG if LA makes this provision. Academy can buy back from LA.
Support for inclusion N Function of LA Inclusion team in terms of supporting vulnerable children (e.g. children in care, teenage parents, ill children) and identifying pupils not on roll.
Home to school transport: SEN transport expenditure N LA responsible for Academy pupils.
Home to school transport: other transport expenditure N LA responsible for Academy pupils
Pupil Referral Units N If Academy permanently excludes pupil, LA is responsible for their education.
Behaviour support services N Up to LA whether to include Academies. Academy can get support from Education Advisor, SIP and regional National Strategies.
Education out of school N Academy should pay for in same way as maintained school e.g. if wants some out of school programmes for pupils at risk of exclusion.
Threshold and Performance Pay N Paid by DCSF
School meals – nursery and primary Y In LACSEG if LA provides this (most don’t)
Free School Meals Y Academy assesses eligibility or can pay the LA to do this.
Milk Y In LACSEG of all-age Academies
School kitchens – repair and maintenance Y In LACSEG of all-age Academies
Museum services Y In LACSEG if LA makes this provision – Academy can buy back.
Library services for nursery and primary schools Y As above
School admissions Y As above
Servicing of Schools Forums N LA sets up and supports Forums. Academies can be a member.
Staff costs – supply cover (not sickness) Y Academy responsible for own costs
Supply cover – long term sickness Y Academy can buy back if it wishes.
Termination of employment costs Y Academy responsible for own costs
Premature retirement costs/redundancy costs Y Academy responsible for own costs
Monitoring National Curriculum Assessment Y Academy responsible for own costs
Educational psychology service N LA must provide statutory services for Academy pupils for free.
SEN administration, assessment and co-ordination N As above
Therapies and other health related services Y Academy should pay for these.
Parent partnership, guidance and information N LA should advise parents with info on all schools in area, including Academies and provide Choice advisers etc. Academies may choose how they engage with parents.
Monitoring of SEN provision N LA must ensure that provision in all schools, including Academies, is meeting the needs of children with statements of SEN.
School Improvement Y Academy responsible
Pupil support Y Academy can pay for – e.g. uniform grants.
Education welfare service Y Academy can buy back from LA or buy from elsewhere. LA must provide statutory services free of charge (e.g. prosecution of parents).
Music service (not Standards Fund supported) Y Academy can buy back from LA or from elsewhere.
Visual and Performing Arts Y As above
Outdoor education including environment and field studies (not sports) Y As above

 

http://www.standards.dcsf.gov.uk/academies/software/Annex_1.doc?version=1

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