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Special educational needs funding for settings

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 SENDIASS 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:

Closing dates for applications 2020-2021

Application form

Guidance 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 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:

  • 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 2019-2021

The Government has committed Special Provision Capital Funding to local authorities from 2018-2021 to invest in improving the quality and range of provision for children and young people with education, health and care plans (EHCP) aged 0-25. Staffordshire County Council has approximately £1 million of Special Provision Capital funding over 2019-21.

The funding is for:

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

• Improving facilities or developing new facilities  

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

The draft 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 and young people with SEND within mainstream schools.

After completing a consultation Staffordshire County Council will use 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.

Expressions of Interest to develop Resource Bases were invited from mainstream settings. After evaluating the applications received, interviewing the schools and conducting site visits of the premises, five settings have been successful in being awarded the funding. 

Resource Bases in mainstream settings - 2021

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


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

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