SCAP 2022: Net capacity assessment (NCA) forms and DfE funding agreement forms

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06 Jan 2022

All maintained primary and secondary schools should check their NCA forms, which will be emailed to you by Monday 31 January 2022 , along with a copy of the school floor plans and guidance notes.

Schools should return the updated form to by Friday, 4 March 2022.

Academies and academy free schools are not subject to net capacity assessment so must instead email their latest DfE funding agreement, that gives the breakdown of pupil places by nursery, primary, secondary and sixth form aged pupil places available at the school, to by Friday, 4 March 2022.

These documents are required to complete the DfE’s annual SCAP return, which determines the level of basic need funding the DfE will award schools.

It is therefore very important that correct information is contained within each school document.

Making changes to the net capacity form

You will be able to make changes directly to the form regarding room descriptions and room usage. All the changes you make should be listed in the email that accompanies your updated NCA form.

If, on checking your form and plans you agree that they are correct, then just send an email confirming the data is correct.

Important sections to check

  • Check all the information on the front page of your NCA form, including but not limited to planned admission number, bulge classes and the number of bulge years are correctly reported
  • Check that the room usage is still correct, this can be checked against your drawing.

For definitions and explanatory information please see the appendices below and the complete DfE guidance Assessing the net capacity of schools


If you are new to this process and/or need any assistance, please contact me on

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Last updated: 11 Jan 2022

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