The budget allocation is agreed between our school and the Local Authority at the beginning of each financial year. Each school in Durham receives its school budget in April, and as part of this budget there is a ‘notional’ SEN amount. As such, schools are responsible for funding the first £6k of support for children with SEN – after which they can request addition ‘Top Up Funds’ from the Local Authority; generally this is for children with very high needs and often in receipt of a Statement or EHCP. In order to access these funds, the school produces a ‘Costed Provision Map’ – detailing the provision the child is receiving and at what cost to the school. Parents are involved in this process and are invited to review the plans and support timetables with school leaders. Children in receipt of an EHCP may be allocated additional funds as part of the plan. The use of these funds is discussed at the initiation of the plan, and during the review meetings to ensure best value is achieved.
Detail of how this money is used to support children and young people with SEND is shown below. This is monitored each term by the Governing Body.
At St Anne’s CofE Primary School we received a notional SEN budget and this is used to support children and young people with SEND by offering a wide range of intervention and enhancement programmes within school and through our partnerships with other agencies and professionals within the Local Authority.
- Small group and targeted intervention with a teacher or TA.
- Drawing and Talking (social and emotional)
- 1:1 or small group Speech and Language Therapy delivered by an Independent Speech and Language Therapist, Emily Backes ‘Talkindales’.
- 1:1 or small group Speech and Language Therapy delivered by a TA.
The school funding formula is generated to include financial provision to specifically support pupils’ individual special needs.
At St Anne’s CE Primary School, for those pupils with High Needs, Costed Provision Maps are created with detailed evidence of supporting resources provided in school. This builds a portfolio of the progress each child makes which allows us to target resources effectively. Additional funding and financial support can be applied for from the Local Authority.
If you would like to discuss your SEND requirements in detail please contact the school to arrange an appointment.
More information about SEND finances is available within the Local Authority Local Offer Website, a link to which is on our school website, under ‘Local Offer’.