The deadline for for the Alternative Provision Census 2012-13 was Thursday January 17th 2013.
The 2012-13 Alternative Provision Guidance for England was released on November 30th 2012 and may be found as a pdf here http://media.education.gov.uk/assets/files/pdf/2/2013%20alternative%20provision%20census%20guidance%20v1-1.pdf Alternative Provision Funding Guidance http://edyourself.org/articles/APguidance.php
The Alternative Provision page on the DfE website may be found here http://www.education.gov.uk/schools/adminandfinance/schooladmin/ims/datacollections/altprovisioncensus/a00209155/ap2013 with the AP Census Schema here http://media.education.gov.uk/assets/files/zip/a/2013%20ap%20census%20xml%20schema%20files%20v1-0.zip (click on "schema" in the zip file)
In November 2012, the All Party Group for Home Education held a meeting to discuss the impact of proposed changes to SEN and disability funding and assessment
14-16s To Be Funded Directly For College From September 2013
"Further education (FE) colleges will be able to enrol 14- to 16-year-olds who wish to study high-quality vocational qualifications from September 2013. FE colleges will be able to set up their own "14 to 16 centres". The new Centres will offer a combination of high quality vocational and academic subjects and aim to attract students of all abilities who want early access to practical and technical education. http://www.education.gov.uk/inthenews/inthenews/a00218597/colleges-free-to-enrol-14-to-16-year-olds (13th December 2012) Read more here and here http://edyourself.org/news/index.php#14-16applydirecttocollegefrom2013 Local authorities will no longer be able to claim direct support grant funding from 2013. As a transitional measure, DfE will make arrangements to compensate authorities through 2013-14 for cases where they are supporting a home educated pupil in a college in academic year 2012/13 and were expecting to claim direct support grant for this in the 2013-14 financial year.