How SEN funding works

Early years funding

The Local Offer is in place to find information on funding arrangements including:

  • What settings are expected to provide from within their core budget
  • Information about how the ‘top-up’ finding elements is allocated
  • Eligibility criteria for the SEN Inclusion Fund
  • Information about the Disability Access Fund


You can also read about entitlement to free childcare on the Department for Education web pages.

Schools funding

The SEND Code of Practice says:

“Schools must use their best endeavours to make sure that a child with SEN gets the support they need – this means doing everything they can, to meet children and young people’s SEN” (Code of Practice 2015 – 6.2).

The Local Offer has information about services available locally, and the arrangements that schools and others are expected to make, for children and young people with young people with SEN.

All mainstream schools have money for special educational needs support, and have resources to make provision for children who need additional help.

Funding for SEN provision in mainstream schools comes from three main elements explained below.

Schools also receive funding called ‘pupil premium’(pupil premium plus children looked after), used to close the attainment gaps and improve social and emotional well- being for disadvantaged children.

Further education funding

The SEND Code of Practice says:

“Colleges, including sixth-form colleges and academies have a duty to use their best endeavours to secure the special educational provision that the young person needs…whether or not the students have EHC plans”. (7.3)

Students who are over 16 with high needs will be allocated the standard funding that all post-16 students receive.

In addition to this, there will be £6,000 for each organised high needs place, in the educational establishment the student attends.

Go to the Local Offer Website to view funding information published by the local authority.

Please see link to Enfield Local Offer:

Please see link – Read the funding guidance for SEND students aged 16-25, from the Education & Skills Funding Agency.