Every school in Durham receives it’s school budget from the Local Authority at the beginning of the financial year in April. All aspects of the school budget are monitored by the Governing Body every term.
As part of the school budget, there is a ‘notional’ SEN amount. This is used to support children with SEND in a number of ways, for example by giving them access to additional targeted support from teachers or teaching assistants and by providing additional resources.
Children with SEND in our school will access support additional to that normally available in the classroom. They may work with a teacher or a member of our support team in a small group or they may require some 1:1 support to meet their needs. The support they receive may take place in the classroom or they may be withdrawn from the class as part of our Provision Map support.
In addition we would use our SEN budget to make adjustments to our school environment as required. For example, it may be necessary to add handrails to aid mobility or mark steps with coloured paint to aid visually impaired children. In our classrooms children may be provided with aids to help them to write such as sloping seats or boards, or with resources such as different coloured paper or additional access to ICT.
The resources that we provide are allocated on an individual basis depending upon the needs of each child. We constantly evaluate and amend the provision we have in place to ensure that we are meeting the needs of all of our pupils effectively.
Schools are responsible for funding the first £6000 of support for children with SEN – after which they can request addition ‘Top Up Funds’ from the Local Authority. Generally this is for children with very high needs and in receipt of a Statement or EHCP.
In order to access these funds, the school produces a ‘Costed Provision Map’ detailing the provision the child is receiving and at what cost to the school. Parents are involved in this process and are invited to review the plans and support timetables with the SENCO.
Children in receipt of an EHCP may be allocated additional funds as part of the plan. The use of these funds is discussed at the initiation of the plan, and during the review meetings to ensure best value is achieved.
More information about SEND finances is available within the Local Authority Local Offer Website