We have been told that LAs are not allowed to fund special school places for young people aged 19 or over. Is this correct? IPSEA does not believe this is correct; however, your local authority is likely to be basing their position on a piece of government guidance, which we do not believe accurately reflects the law. We have prepared a detailed briefing explaining why we believe the guidance is incorrect. If a school is not registered for students aged 19 or over, it will need to apply to the Department for Education either to extend its registration, or for individual permission for the student in question.