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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 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:

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 2019-2021

The Government has committed £365 million of 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 to:

• 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 draft SEND Strategy is to improve the inclusion of children with SEND within mainstream schools.

Data has been analysed to identify the types of SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disability) which could not be met within our current local maintained or academy provision. Over the last 2 years the data shows that for those pupils with SEND, who have accessed independent provision, due to their needs being unable to be met by local provision, the main type of SEND is Social, Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH) needs followed by Communication and Interaction which would include pupils with a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Condition (ASC).

The majority of pupils were in secondary age National Curriculum Year (NCY) 7, NCY 9 and NCY 10 and moved from mainstream education to an independent placement. 

The Council has therefore identified the need to develop support for children with SEMH and/or ASC within mainstream schools.


Staffordshire County Council are consulting on plans to use the Special Capital Provision Funding for 2019-20 and 2020-21 to develop Resource Bases at Mainstream Schools for children with Education Health and Care Plans with Social, Emotional and Mental Health Needs and/or Autistic Spectrum Condition.

Next Steps

A consultation has recently been undertaken to gain views around this proposal. If this proposal is supported, we intend to request Expressions of Interest from interested parties in the Autumn term 2019.

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