Calculating the cost of your whole-school SEN provision

Understand how to calculate staffing costs for SEN provision so you can better estimate how much money you're spending on your overall SEN provision. Download our tools to help keep track of how much each intervention costs and whether it offers value for money.

Last reviewed on 23 March 2023
School types: All · School phases: All
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  1. What costs fall under 'SEN provision'? 
  2. Work out your overall annual SEN expenditure
  3. Assess value for money by keeping track of individual interventions

What costs fall under 'SEN provision'? 

This refers to any additional money you spend on providing support for pupils with special educational needs (SEN). You should record this separately to any provision you have in place for all pupils, as funding for each type of provision comes from different revenue streams (read how funding for pupils with SEN is allocated in another of our articles).    

Your main cost areas include:

  • Staffing costs for SEN provision (including additional costs, such as pension and National Insurance contributions)
  • Specialist equipment and teaching resources - like auxiliary aids  
  • SEN services from external providers - such as private therapy or medical staff
  • Any designated SEN units in your school

Work out your overall annual SEN expenditure

Your school business manager (SBM) and SENCO should work together to identify individual costs. You can then work out your overall spending on SEN provision. 

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