£6,000 SEND Notional Budget: How does it work?
The law requires that Local Authorities (LAs) provide sufficient funding so that schools can fund SEND provision up to £6,000 per pupil per annum.
Sadly, we know that few, if any, LAs actually do this. In fact, many LAs are telling schools they need proof of spending over the £6,000 threshold before the LA will even consider a request for an Education Health Care (EHC) needs assessment or further SEN support.
The issue is that this threshold is, according to the School Standards and Framework Act and the Department for Education’s Call for Evidence 2019, a requirement of LAs, NOT of schools and other settings.
Garry Freeman is calling on schools to challenge LA officers every time they specify such a “requirement” and emphasise that in fact the law requires the LA to fund up to £6,000 and not schools!
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LA wrote on Plan: “School must contribute the first £6,000 from its own resources”
Garry Freeman: To Case Worker, Manager & Director of Children’s Services. This is unlawful, contrary to funding law (quoted verbatim). It must be removed, possible Judicial Review.
LA: Thank you. We will check
LA: It will be removed.
3 key takeaways from Garry’s session
– Gain the fundamental legal knowledge to understand the role of the £6,000 SEND Notional Budget –
– Feel enabled and empowered to challenge local policies and expectations around its use –
– Learn where to access appropriate references surrounding the £6,000 –
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Garry had great feedback from SENCOs and Senior Leaders who watched his live broadcast
“Valuable law based help for SENCos. I’ll change the way I approach reviews and provision mapping now – having done them for the past 8 years!”
Louise Harper, Assistant Headteacher and SENCo – Turing House School
“The Q&A at the end was really useful.
Signposting on the slides to the legislation was also very helpful.”
Sarah Jones, Operations Director – Worthing High School
“Really clear guidance backed up by legislation. I will be able to disseminate this information to SENDCos to enable them to feel confident when in discussions with LAs.”
Sara Walton, Director for SEND & EAL – The Kemnal Academies Trust
“It has made me investigate our SEND budget with my Headteacher and School Finance Manger and made me more focused on fully understanding the law around SEND.”
Elaine Morris, Acting Deputy and SENCO – Manor Field Infant School
“Good value for money. Very clear and helpful.”
Bridget Loughran – St Mary Magdalene’s RC Primary School
“Lots of useful info.”
Samantha Saville, SENDCO – All Saints CE
“Clear and informative. I particularly liked the ability to download information after watching.”
Carole Long, Governor – Stratford sub Castle School
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Garry has also recorded a session on SEND Law in Practice: EHCP Process in which he clarifies the
Education, Health & Care Plan processes in England.
In this presentation Garry takes you through the processes and gives you:
- A working understanding of the main aspects of SEND funding as it applies in England
- Confidence and insight to discuss these aspects and challenge Local Authorities/professionals where appropriate
- The knowledge and references to inform work done by parents/professionals
- An understanding that SEND funding per child/young person is the responsibility and a requirement of the Local Authority
About the Creator
Garry Freeman / Independent SEND Consultant
An independent SEND Consultant, Garry has 43 years of previous teaching and leadership experience in secondary and special schools throughout West Yorkshire and Lancashire.
He has been instrumental in shaping SEND provision across England as a Whole-School SEND Reviewer, a National SEND System Leader and project lead for local authority improvement support. Garry has been an Associate Consultant for Nasen and Chair of their 0-11 Advisory Group. He is a highly skilled, driven and committed SEND leader, supporting schools, trusts and local authorities in a wide range of educational improvement priorities, focusing on caring, positive leadership and the management of change. Garry writes extensively for a range of educational publications. As a skilled and intuitive leader of SEND and inclusion, Ofsted described his practice as “beyond outstanding……..inspirational!”
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