Special educational needs funding for settings

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

*** Special educational needs top up funding for pupils with Education Health and Care Plans. Staffordshire County Council Local Authority has introduced a new Education Banding Tool.  This will support the special educational needs and disabilities team to calculate the education costs of the “top up” funding in a fair and consistent way.  Learn more, here.   *** 


High Needs Capital Allocation Funding 2022-2024 - Consultation Feedback

The consultation feedback can be found here.

SEND High Needs Provision Capital Allocations funding 2021-2022

Staffordshire County Council has invested the High Needs Provision Capital Allocation Funding for 2021-2022 to:

  • Develop Resource Bases at Mainstream Schools for children with Education Health and Care Plans and SEN Support with Social, Emotional and Mental Health Needs and/or Autistic Spectrum Condition
  • Develop partnership working and co-location of specialist provision on mainstream sites
  • Increase capacity in specialist provision to reduce the need to access placements at Independent schools/out of county provision.

The aim of the funding is to meet local needs by:

  • Creating new (additional) places for academic year 2022/23 at good or outstanding provision for pupils with high needs
  • Improving existing provision/adapting facilities for pupils with high needs

The funding is to support projects for pupils with SEND, particularly those with more complex needs and an Education, Health and Care plan (EHCP). The funding can also be used to support SEND pupils without an EHCP and pupils that require Alternative Provision (including pupils in Alternative Provision settings without an EHCP).

The projects funded during 2021/2022 can be found here.

Resource Bases in mainstream settings – 2020-21

Funding for Resource Bases in Mainstream Settings for Pupils with Social, Emotional and Mental Health Needs and/or Autistic Spectrum Condition - Under Development 2021

SEND Provision Capital Funding 2019-2021

Staffordshire County Council invested the Special Capital Provision Funding for 2019-20 and 2020-21 to develop Resource Bases at Mainstream Schools for children and young people with Education Health and Care Plans with Social, Emotional and Mental Health Needs (SEMH) and/or Autistic Spectrum Condition (ASC).

The aim of the Resource Bases will be to support and educate children and young people from the local area with Social, Emotional and Mental Health needs (SEMH) and/or Autistic Spectrum Condition (ASC) within the mainstream settings.

Special educational needs funding for mainstream schools

Funding For Mainstream Schools

All mainstream schools receive funding to meet the needs of pupils with special educational needs. For more information, see SENDIASS Staffordshire Family Partnerships advice on funding for special educational needs in mainstream schools.

Additional Educational Needs (AEN) Funding

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

AEN funding is available for Staffordshire children in Staffordshire settings.

The AEN decision making process is governed by the same threshold guidance document  / principles required for Education, Health and Care Needs Assessment requests. Therefore, please consider reading the following guidance before making your application for AEN funding: Education Health and Care Needs Assessment: Guidance for Referrers | Staffordshire Connects

Understanding the guidance will support you when making your application. Examples of appropriate evidence you should submit with your application are listed below and further suggestions are detailed in Section F of the AEN form.

 The referral form can be downloaded here:

AEN Referral Form

Key Considerations for Referrers:

Evidence to support your application should be attached with your application and could include (but not exhaustive): 

  • At least 2 cycles of current graduated response
  • A costed provision map demonstrating at least 10 hours of targeted support
  • Additional supporting evidence from external agencies/recommendations that have been sought and written into graduated response if applicable

More suggestions are detailed in Section F of the form.

Please send the completed form to:  aenspareferrals@staffordshire.gov.uk

What Happens Next?

Schools/Settings will receive an email acknowledgement of receipt of application. We aim to do this within 48 hours.

We will endeavour to communicate AEN decisions with settings within 20 working days from receipt of application.

Please note: you should only complete this form for Staffordshire (resident) pupils attending Staffordshire mainstream or academy schools where the pupil does not have an EHCP in place. Any applications of this kind will be automatically rejected.

SEND & Inclusion Hubs

Information on how SEND & Inclusion Hubs can support schools can be found here.

Special educational needs funding for special schools

This document sets out the top up rates 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 keyworker.

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

The Staffordshire PRU Element 3: Top-up Funding "TRIG-8"

This document sets out the Local Authority’s funding for pupils placed in a Staffordshire’s Alternative Provision known as either a Pupil Referral Unit (PRU) or Short Stay School (SSS).

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:

  • Early Years SEND Inclusion funding in private, voluntary and independent early years settings
  • Disability access funding (DAF)
  • Early Years Pupil Premium Funding
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.

High Level Need Funding for Further Education Colleges and Specialist Post 16 Institutions

Application process and further information can be found in our guidance.


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