The Department for Education are inviting local authorities in England, schools and colleges, other interested organisations and individuals to respond to specific proposals for a small number of changes to the national funding formula that they will use to allocate high needs funding to local authorities in the 2022-23 financial year. They are also seeking views on some of the longer term changes to the formula that could be considered in future.
Why we are consulting
The high needs National Funding Formula (NFF) calculates funding allocations to local authorities for children and young people in England with complex special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) or who require alternative provision (AP).
This consultation forms the first stage of a longer term review of the High Needs NFF. This review will be taken forward following the SEND review, and will consider how the distribution of High Needs funding can be improved, to achieve the highest quality support for the most vulnerable children and young people.
Adult education providers
Those evaluating programmes for children in need
Those involved in underlying theoretical research on abuse and neglect, child development etc
Those researching children’s social care or education systems, with links to educational outcomes of Children in Need
Directors of children's services
Adult and mental health practitioners
Clinical commissioning groups