High needs banding review

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Stoke-on-Trent City Council is consulting on a new guidance document on high needs funding arrangements for children and young people with Special Education Needs and Disabilities (SEND).

The council uses a local formula called the ‘High Needs Funding formula’ to allocate money from the Government to schools and settings to support children and young people with additional needs within the city.

Stoke-on-Trent SEND services have been working with Stoke-on-Trent schools and partner services to review how funding is allocated fairly.

We want to ensure that our services are:

  1. Child-centred: All children receive the right help at the right time
  2. Transparent: Being open and transparent about our approach to funding
  3. Equitable and needs based: A fair approach to funding that is based on the needs of children and young people (CYP)
  4. Inclusive: Children and young people have the access to the right support in school and in the community.

The overall funding is provided by the Government and is neither increased or reduced by the new formula.

Please click the below button to view the proposed changes along with the new proposed ranges…

If you wish to see the full SEND Banding matrix, please consult with your schools Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCO) who has been involved in the banding exercise and has access to the full document. They can be contacted for further advice and support if necessary.

Have your say

The draft Stoke-on-Trent SEND Banding Matrix Guidance consultation is now open for your views and we invite you to have your say by completing the online questionnaire below…

The consultation will run from Tuesday 21 November to midnight on Tuesday 19 December 2023.