Special Educational Needs: Per Capita Costs

Department for Education written question – answered on 3rd October 2019.

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Photo of Rachael Maskell Rachael Maskell Shadow Minister (Transport)

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the mean funding is per pupil for SEND provision in (a) York, (b) Yorkshire and the Humber and (c) England in each year since 2015.

Photo of Michelle Donelan Michelle Donelan Government Whip, The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education

Holding answer received on 30 September 2019

Local authorities are required to provide sufficient funds to enable schools to meet the cost of additional support for pupils with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), up to the value of £6,000. This funding comes from the schools block of the Dedicated Schools Grant.

When the costs of additional support required for a pupil with SEND exceed £6,000, the local authority should also allocate additional top-up funding to cover the excess costs. This top-up funding, and funding for special schools comes from the local authority’s high needs budget. In 2020-21, the department will provide more than £700 million, an 11% increase in one year, in additional high needs funding, bringing the national high needs funding total to over £7 billion. Every local authority will receive a minimum increase of 8% per head of their population aged 2-18 years old. The department will provide provisional allocations to local authorities in October.

Below we have provided the schools and high needs funding allocations for 2015-16 to 2019-20 for Yorkshire and the Humber, York, and England. We have also provided the total number of children with both SEND support and education, health and care plans, although this does not include young people in further education. The department also does not hold specific figures on how much of each local authority’s schools’ budget has been spent on SEND.

The schools and high needs funding allocations for 2015-16 to 2019-20 are as follows:

Yorkshire and the Humber:

Year

Schools funding amount

High needs funding amount

Total SEND numbers

2015-16

£3,243.3 million

£436.2 million

126,544

2016-17

£3,278.5 million

£442.1 million

117,711

2017-18

£3,334.7 million

£476.3 million

119,673

2018-19

£3,389.8 million

£512.6 million*

102,530

2019-20

£3,474.6 million

£531.9 million*

129,674

York:

Year

Schools funding amount

High needs funding amount

Total SEND numbers

2015-16

£91.1 million

£15.2 million

3,150

2016-17

£92.2 million

£15.5 million

3,109

2017-18

£93.0 million

£18.1 million

3,178

2018-19

£94.1 million

£19.1 million*

3,367

2019-20

£98.2 million

£19.5 million*

3,409

England:

Year

Schools funding amount

High needs funding amount

Total SEND numbers

2015-16

£32,168.1 million

£5246.5 million

1,301,444

2016-17

£32,650.3 million

£5300.0 million

1,228,787

2017-18

£33,093.6 million

£5826.8 million

1,244,253

2018-19

£33,684.0 million

£6114.3 million*

1,276,216

2019-20

£34,502.5 million

£6270.6 million*

1,318,328

* In December 2018, the department allocated an additional £250 million of high needs funding, in recognition of funding pressures. This additional funding is included within the final totals provided.

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