Issue details

High Needs Funding for Oldham College

Decision Part 1: The reason for this decision is to secure agreement to re-calibrate the number of High Needs places commissioned at Oldham College, so it more accurately reflects the number of high needs students placed in the college. This commitment of funding is taken from the LAs DSG/High Needs Block and passed straight to providers from the ESFA. This role is part of the LA statutory duties.
Decision Part 2: Oldham college has seen a 40% increase in the number of high needs students from other local authorities accessing their programmes. Funding for these students is passed to the local authority on a lagged model which we in turn pass to the college. In order to support the financial position of the college, and in the spirit of partnership, the proposal is for this session to transfer the lagged funding (equivalent £228k) in advance to ensure that the college can ensure sufficient funds are in place for the place funding (E2). In addition to this sum the college will receive £90k lagged funding for students they taught last session. It is important to note this is funding which comes into the LA from government to ensure home LA’s/colleges are not disadvantaged financially by students from out of borough.

Decision type: Key

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Notice of proposed decision first published: 04/12/2019

Decision due: 2 Dec 2019 by Cabinet Member - Childrens Services (Cllr Amanda Chadderton)

Lead member: Cabinet Member - Childrens Services (Cllr Amanda Chadderton)

Contact: Donna Lewis, Head of Inclusion and Post-16 01617703724 Email:

Consultation process

Financial - Liz Caygill
Procurement - Dan Cheetham
Legal - Colin Brittain
HR - Andy Collinge
Property - Andrew Hall