Special Educational Needs: Nottinghamshire

Department for Education written question – answered on 8th February 2019.

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Photo of Ben Bradley Ben Bradley Conservative, Mansfield

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much funding his Department has allocated for special needs provision in schools in Nottinghamshire in each year since 2013.

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 mainstream schools to meet the additional cost of pupils with special educational needs and disabilities, up to the value of £6,000. This funding comes from the schools’ block of the Dedicated Schools Grant. While authorities will identify a notional special educational needs (SEN) budget for each school within the school’s overall budget, that notional budget is not ring-fenced, and schools are expected to manage their overall budget to best meet the needs of all their pupils, including pupils with SEN.

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 top-up funding, and all funding for special schools comes from the local authority’s high needs budget. In December 2018, we announced an additional £250 million in high needs funding across the current financial year and the next, bringing Nottinghamshire’s total high needs funding to £64.0 million in 2018-19.

The schools and high needs allocations for Nottinghamshire since 2013-14 are as follows:

Year

Schools

High needs

2013-14

£435.3 million

£53.4 million

2014-15

£436.2 million

£56.2 million

2015-16

£441.6 million

£56.7 million

2016-17

£447.8 million

£57.3 million

2017-18

£459.4 million

£59.8 million

2018-19

£469.1 million

£64.0 million

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