SEND funding explained
As a school we receive the school budget from the Education Funding Agency; this includes the Notional SEND budget to support SEND children. This budget is used to support SEND children with all ranges of need, and is worked out using a national formula per pupil.
Blocks of funding are allocated depending on the number of children who meet the criteria and who are on the schools SEND register, and this money must be spent by school to support children with SEND. The way this money is spent is decided upon by the Head teacher in discussion with Governors.
Funding for Inclusion (FFI) and Early Years Funding for Inclusion (EYFFI)
If a child presents with High Needs, then school can apply for Funding for Inclusion (FFI) High Needs top up funding (or EYFFI – Early Years Funding for Inclusion). This funding is currently banded and tiered. Each band and tier has a set of criteria that a child must meet in order to qualify for funding. Evidence must be provided from school, outside agencies and parents to ensure that these criteria are met and that the Graduated Response has been carried out in line with the 2014 SEND Code of Practice.
Special Educational Needs & Disabilities Inclusion Fund (SENDIF)
SENDIF provides additional funding to support children who have low level needs or emerging SEND in Early Years. SENDIF is available for 3 and 4 year olds, and has different criteria to EYFFI. As with all funding, evidence must be provided to ensure that criteria is met.
The school uses the additional funds to put in place appropriate support to meet the needs of individual children. This might take the form of additional staffing to support a child to access the curriculum and develop independence or additional resources.
Decisions regarding the deployment of SEND funding are made by the Head teacher in consultation with relevant other professionals.