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Special educational needs funding for schools

Settings wishing to apply for this funding can follow the relevant links below.  



Special educational needs funding for mainstream schools

All mainstream schools receive funding to meet the needs of pupils with special educational needs. 

For more information, see SENDASS Staffordshire Family Partnerships advice on funding for special educational needs in mainstream schools.

If the child or young person has a severe, complex and enduring special educational need, which is not appropriately met through additional school need resources, schools can apply for additional educational needs funding. This is aimed at pupils where additional cluster or high level need resources are required to overcome barriers to learning.  AEN funding can only be applied for by the school the child or young person is attending.

Special Educational Needs Funding for Mainstream Schools

Below is the Additional Educational Needs (AEN) application form, together with the guidance notes.

Please note: you should use this paperwork only for Staffordshire resident pupils attending Staffordshire mainstream or academy schools where the pupil does not have a Statement or EHCP in place.

 The referral and any queries should be sent to:

Application form

Guidance notes

Remit and composition notes

AEN exemplars

Special educational needs funding for special schools

This document sets out our admission process, funding criteria (matrix) and funding levels linked to the needs of individual pupils who are to be educated in one of Staffordshire’s 23 maintained and academy special schools.

How do I find out more?

Please contact your SEND assessment and planning service locality office.

Special educational needs funding for pupil referral units/short stay schools

PRU high needs top-up assessment framework - Element 3 (TRIG-8). 

This document sets out the Local Authority's funding for Key Stage 3 and 4 pupils placed in a Staffordshire Pupil Referral Unit/Short Stay School.

Special educational needs funding for private, voluntary and independent (PVI) nurseries

Please see our early years special educational needs and disability funding for settings page for information on:

  • Additional educational needs (AEN) funding in private, voluntary and independent early years settings
  • Disability access funding (DAF)

Tier 4 CAMHS Hospital Independent Education Provision - process and funding

This document sets out the Local Authority's process and funding arrangements for pupils accessing independent education provision whilst placed in a Tier 4 CAMHS hospital provision.

SEND Provision Capital Funding 2019

Special Provision Capital Fund Expressions of Interest


Staffordshire County Council has been allocated £311,000 of Special Provision Capital Funding over three academic years 2018-19, 2019-20, 2020-21.

The fund is to improve the quality and range of provision for children and young people with education, health and care plans (EHCP) aged 0-25.

Local authorities can invest their share of the special provision capital fund in:

• Creating new (additional) places at good or outstanding provision

• Improving facilities or developing new facilities

Statement of Priorities for 2019-20

Staffordshire County Council is proposing to use this capital investment to support key priorities identified in the SEND Strategy and address identified areas of need.

The SEND strategy sets out the vision for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities in Staffordshire.

‘Our vision in Staffordshire is that all children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities are able to reach their full potential. They receive the right support, at the right time, with choice and control so that they can lead fulfilling lives in their local school or education setting, home and community’.

A key priority within the SEND Strategy is to improve the inclusion of children with SEND within mainstream schools.

 The Council has identified the need to develop support for children with Autistic Spectrum Condition (ASC) and Social Emotional and Mental Health Needs (SEMH). As such the capital funding received in 2018-19 was used to support children with ASC. Further information is available on the SEND Local Offer It is proposed therefore that that the funding this year will be used to improve provision in mainstream schools for children with SEMH.

Expressions of Interest

Expressions of interest are invited from mainstream schools to develop provision for children with SEMH by compleing the expressions of interest form in the download section to the right of the page.

Completed forms must be received by 10 February 2019.

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