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Find out about top-up funding for pupils with high needs, including how you can access it and what you can spend it on.

What is the threshold for receiving top-up funding?

Mainstream schools 

You’re expected to meet the first £6,000 of additional support costs for pupils with high needs from your delegated budget (your core funding).

Where the cost of a pupil’s additional support is higher than £6,000, the excess will be met with top-up funding. This will be paid to your school directly by the local authority (LA) in which the pupil lives.

The process of applying for top-up funding, and the amount of funding that the LA makes available, is determined locally as part of the local offer

This is covered in the high needs funding guide (see pages 17, 27 and 32 for 2020-21, and pages 29, 41-42 for 2021-22).

Special schools and alternative provision

If your school is a:

You'll receive £10,000 per place from your LA based on

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