Each school in Durham receives it’s 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 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.
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’.