SEND Funding Arrangements Consultation

Closes 21 Dec 2017

Opened 30 Oct 2017


The changes detailed in this consultation focus on revising the current Resource Level Arrangements to ensure that funding for special education needs or SEND is sustainable and that those children and young people with the greatest needs are supported.

Please read the consultation summary explaining the proposed changes to SEND Funding before completing this questionnaire.

You can read a full summary of the proposals along with the FAQS in the links below.

Consultation Summary

Consultation FAQs


Why We Are Consulting

We want to find out what parents and teachers think about proposals to change the way high needs ‘top-up’ funding is distributed. These proposals will give schools the option to access funding more quickly and with less red tape, to help support pupils who perhaps do not need an Education Health Care Plan (EHC Plan).

Currently, it can take up to 20 weeks for EHC Plan funding to reach schools, but by introducing the new Additional Funding model, we could speed this up, meaning funding could be available within six weeks of the request being made. EHC Plans will still be available for children with more serious needs through Exceptional Funding.

We think this will help to provide better outcomes for young people, and it has been successful in a number of other local authorities across London. We also think it will help to ensure our limited funds are spent on those who need them most.

The Council’s Deputy Mayor recently wrote to the Secretary of State for Education, raising concerns about the funding of SEND support. Since 2011/12, this funding has effectively been frozen and as a result of reforms the Borough has seen a 34% increase in the number of young people who are eligible to receive support. Hackney also funds a higher than average number of places in independent schools.

This has led to a shortfall in London of over £100m with a shortfall of £6m in Hackney. We have been taking this funding from reserves and other areas of spending but this is not sustainable. As a result of this, we need to look at ways we can continue to provide high quality support for SEND students, while working within our budget.

This consultation relates to Hackney’s maintained schools only and does not cover independent or out of borough settings.

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