Funding for pupils with SEN

Get to grips with how provision for pupils with special educational needs (SEN) is funded in your school.

updated on 3 January 2023
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Contents
  1. Mainstream schools: you'll receive funding in 2 key ways
  2. Funding for pupils in SEN units and resourced provision
  3. Special schools and alternative provision (AP): how you'll receive funding
  4. Personal budgets for pupils with EHC plans 

Mainstream schools: you'll receive funding in 2 key ways

1. Your budget or core funding

As a mainstream maintained school, academy or free school, you'll receive resources to support pupils with special educational needs (SEN) through your main budget, or core funding - this is known as your 'notional SEN budget'. 

Your school’s budget is calculated through the national funding formula (NFF). For 2022-23, your local authority (LA) will use its own local funding formula to determine the actual allocation for its schools. It will use factors such as ‘deprivation’ and ‘low prior attainment’ to account for pupils with high needs in your school. 

LAs to use only NFF factors (and all of them) in their local formulae  All local formulae factors to move at least 10% closer to the NFF (unless a local formula is already mirroring