How we fund SEND in schools

The amount of funding a school receives depends on its size and the profile of its pupils. Schools decide how to spend the funding to best meet the needs of their pupils.

Each school is expected to provide up to £6,000 for the needs of pupils who have special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). This comes from their Notional SEND budget.

High Needs Funding

If your child needs more than £6,000 spent on them to meet their needs the school can apply to us for High Needs Funding. This is only for children in mainstream schools and sixth forms, including free schools and academies.

The school will work with you and your child to work out what is needed to make sure your child progresses. Before they apply for the extra funding they will ask for your consent as well as your email address so we can let you know our decision.

If we agree your child needs extra funding we'll confirm by email and will send you a copy of the timetable. If we don't have your email address the school will phone you and give you a copy of the timetable.

The funding is for 1 year but the school will review your child's provision 3 times a year. Your child's school needs to reapply for High Needs Funding each year.