Special Educational Needs: Enfield North

Department for Education written question – answered at on 15 September 2023.

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Photo of Feryal Clark Feryal Clark Shadow Minister (Health and Social Care)

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps her Department is taking to support SEND provision in Enfield North constituency.

Photo of David Johnston David Johnston The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education

High needs funding for supporting children and young people with complex Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) in England is increasing by a further £440 million, or 4.3%, in the 2024/25 financial year, which will bring the total high needs budget to £10.5 billion. This is an increase of over 60% from the 2019/20 high needs allocations. This funding will help local authorities and schools with the increasing costs of provision for these children and young people.

The department has recently announced provisional 2024/25 high needs allocations for local authorities. Funding is provided to local authorities rather than constituencies.

Enfield Council‘s allocation is £79 million, which is £2.6 million more than the Council will receive this year. This is an increase of 30% per head over the three years from 2021/22.

In March 2022, the department also announced High Needs Provision Capital Allocations (HNPCA) amounting to over £1.4 billion of new investment. This funding is to support local authorities to deliver new places for the 2023/24 and 2024/25 academic years and improve existing provision for children and young people with SEND. This funding forms part of the £2.6 billion the department is investing between 2022 and 2025, and represents a significant, transformational investment in new high needs provision.

Of the £1.4 billion announced, Enfield Council received £6.1 million.

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