SEND funding

The system for identifying and meeting the needs of children with SEND is designed to deliver the right support for all children, so that they can achieve their potential and are prepared for adult life.
 
East Sussex County Council use the local funding formula to estimate the number of children with special education needs a school is likely to have. They are required to allocate sufficient funds to schools to enable them to meet the additional cost of pupils with SEND, up to £6,000 per pupil per year. If the additional costs exceed this amount the local authorities allocate top-up funding from their high needs budget. Local authorities can also allocate additional funding from their high needs budget to schools that have a disproportionate number of SEND children. 
 
I am pleased that the Government is delivering £6.3 billion of high needs funding in 2019/20. Moreover, I am delighted that 37 new special free schools are to be created, which will generate thousands of new school places for children with special educational needs or those facing additional challenges in mainstream education.
 
You may also be aware that the Department for Education has introduced a fairer national funding formula that ensures high needs funding is allocated based on children's needs and the schools they attend. Each local authority will attract an increase in underlying funding in 2019-20 compared to 2017-18 planned spending levels. Underfunded authorities continue to see higher increases. This is something I am particularly pleased about as for too long East Sussex has been one of those underfunded authorities, where there is around 50% less funding per pupil compared to schools in neighbouring Brighton & Hove. I will continue to work with local schools to make sure these changes in funding happen.