The budget allocation is agreed between our school and the Local Authority at the beginning of each financial year. Detail of how this money is used to support children and young people with SEND is shown below. This is monitored each term by the Governing Body.
The school funding formula is generated to include financial provision to specifically support pupils’ individual special needs.
At South Stanley Junior School, our notional SEN budget for 2017/18 is £91,058.31.
This is used to support children and young people with SEND by:
- changing the way activities are planned and delivered;
- matching activities to the ability/need of each child (differentiation);
- adapting learning materials such as equipment and activities to suit each child’s needs;
- offering small group support to promote skills identified in the child’s Education/support Plan.
Funding is used to:
- employ additional staff to promote inclusion through specific group/paired/individual provisions;
- employ and train a Special Educational Needs Coordinator to liaise with parents, other professionals and outside agencies to meet the needs of our pupils;
- facilitate management release time 1 day each week as a minimum for our SENCO to work with external professionals to support wider professional development in relation to SEN-e.g. in writing/reviewing quality SEN support plans;
- allow teaching and support staff to attend professional training and meetings to ensure that they have the appropriate skills, knowledge and understanding to meet the needs of pupils with specific needs. Supply cover may be required to pay for additional staff;
- meet costs that are often involved in purchasing appropriate training for staff;
- ensure opportunities for staff, parents, pupils and other agencies to liaise regularly are facilitated;
- buy in specialist services to work with children/and or staff to identify/meet needs or support school in meeting needs e.g. Staff training-Speech and Language Department; Educational Psychology Service;
- provide specific learning and teaching resources required by individual programmes, or those resources which have the potential to facilitate access for all ensuring equality of opportunity by removing barriers or compensating for any disabling factor which might prevent a child from having the same access to provision as his/her peers.
At South Stanley Junior school, for those pupils with High Needs, Costed Provision Maps are created with detailed evidence of supporting resources provided in school. This builds a portfolio of the progress each child makes which allows us to target resources effectively. Additional funding and financial support can be applied for from the Local Authority if deemed necessary.
If a child has complex special educational needs, we could also receive additional funding from the Local Authority to meet the agreed outcomes.
A Costed Provision Map will be developed in liaison with the child, young person, parent or carer. An example of a costed provision map can be found here:
If you would like to discuss your SEND requirements in detail please contact the school to arrange an appointment.