Special Educational Needs: Bexley

Department for Education written question – answered on 1st February 2019.

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Photo of David Evennett David Evennett Conservative, Bexleyheath and Crayford

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the (a) initial and (b) additional allocated budgets for special needs provision in Bexley schools have been in each of the last five years.

Photo of Nadhim Zahawi Nadhim Zahawi The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education

Local authorities are required to provide schools with sufficient funds to enable them to meet the additional cost of pupils with special educational needs (SEN) and disabilities, up to £6,000. This notional SEN budget is part of the local authority’s schools budget.

When the costs of additional support required for a pupil with SEN exceed £6,000, the local authority should also allocate additional top-up funding to cover the excess costs. This funding comes from the local authority’s high needs budget. This budget also pays for provision in special schools.

The schools and high needs funding allocations for the last 5 years in Bexley have been taken from the dedicated schools grant allocation tables for the respective year, and are presented below.

Year

Schools funding

High needs funding

Total

2014-15

£162.7 million

£27.1 million

£189.8 million

2015-16

£173.4 million

£27.2 million

£200.6 million

2016-17

£175.6 million

£27.5 million

£203.1 million

2017-18*

£175.1 million

£31.2 million

£206.3 million

2018-19*

£177.2 million

£32.2 million

£209.4 million

*In these years, the balance between schools and high needs funding was readjusted.

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