Update on Banded Funding (SEND) – Tracy Oosthuizen, Specialist Commissioning Manager
We continue to work on the development of our SEND funding system and the move towards a common banding system.
The aim of these changes are two-fold. Firstly to ensure consistency of funding across the various schools and education providers across the county.
There are currently different funding models for Special Schools, Alternative Provision, Mainstream, Mainstream SEN Unit’s and Early Years. Secondly so that we can deliver support earlier intervention through non-statutory funding attached to the Graduated Pathway. More details can be found in the Cabinet report if you are interested.
At the heart of this approach is improving our support for children and young people. There is no doubt that there are children and young people across the county that will benefit from earlier intervention and support. Particularly where there are social emotional, mental health and communication and interaction needs. Through this approach we also hope to reduce the need for high cost placements and enable us to deliver support within the parameters of the High Needs funding provided by the government.
Testing of the new system will start in the New Year. Testing will focus around working with individual schools to implement the new model.
As part of this process we will be engaging with the parents and carers in the test schools to ensure that the new system works for you as well.
We will keep you updated with findings from testing and proposals for further roll-out.