Special Educational Needs: Per Capita Costs

Department for Education written question – answered at on 22 September 2023.

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Photo of Rachael Maskell Rachael Maskell Labour/Co-operative, York Central

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment she has made of the adequacy of the fairer funding formula for high needs block funding per pupil (a) nationally and (b) in York.

Photo of Nick Gibb Nick Gibb Minister of State (Education)

The Department introduced the high needs National Funding Formula (NFF) in 2018/19 after extensive research and consultation. The Department is keeping the formula under review to consider whether and when changes might be necessary to ensure that funding is allocated where it is needed most, and to support the implementation of reforms set out in the Special Educational Needs and Disabilities and Alternative Provision Improvement Plan published in March 2023.

High needs funding allocated through the NFF will be increasing by £440 million, or 4.3%, in 2024/25. This will bring the total high needs budget to over £10.5 billion in 2024/25, an increase of over 60% from the 2019/20 allocations.

The Department has recently announced provisional 2024/25 high needs allocations for Local Authorities and the City of York Council’s allocation is £27 million, which is £0.7 million more than the council will receive this year - an increase of 3% per head, and a cumulative 27% per head over the three years from 2021/22.

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