Funding for SEND and allocation of resources
The school’s core budget is used to make general provision for all pupils in the school. In addition, every school receives an additional amount of money to help make special educational provision to meet children’s SEND. This is called the ‘notional SEND budget’.
The amount in this budget is based on a formula set by the local authority. The government has recommended that schools should use this notional SEND budget to pay for up to £6,000 worth of special educational provision to meet a child’s SEND based on internal and external views and the advice of professionals. Most children with SEND need special educational provision that comes to less than £6,000. If the school can show that a pupil with SEND needs more than £6,000 worth of special educational provision, it can ask the local authority to provide top-up funding to meet the cost of that provision. Where the local authority agrees, the cost is provided from funding held by the local authority in their high needs block. Schools are expected to use this funding to make provision for that individual pupil.
The school may also make use of Pupil Premium Funding where a pupil is registered as SEND and is also in receipt of Pupil Premium grant to address the needs of these pupils and enhance learning and achievement.
Each term, in consultation with the Headteacher and class teachers, the Senco will map the targeted provision in place for pupils on the SEND record to show how resources are allocated and to monitor the cost of the whole of our SEND provision.