Staffordshire County Council

Logo for Staffordshire County CouncilValuing Care completed a cost review of Post 16 High Needs Learner (HNL); to develop greater understanding of HNL support costs and whether it represented value for money. A pricing model was also developed to purchase packages of support on a fair and consistent basis.

Valuing Care surveyed all FE colleges in Staffordshire to identify the level of staff input, and the associated cost of supporting a sample of HNL. The identification of median costs, and corroboration against our benchmark data, provided the Council with a good indication of the usual cost of delivering support locally.

The results helped to develop and populate a cost model to inform future HNL funding decisions.

Key Benefits:

  • Established processes for engaging service providers and reviewing the reported cost of delivering services.
  • Increased intelligence on how support costs vary to meet the needs of HNL.
  • Development of a cost model based on identification of the usual cost of delivering services.

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