Please provide a copy of the Council’s current operational guidance for SEND High Needs Funding allocation (a URL to current policy document would be fine);
- Information that describes ‘banding’ or ‘element’ arrangements that the Council uses to guide its allocation of High Needs Block funding;
• Information showing the maximum High Needs or Top-Up funding allocation (in pounds) that each specific band or element attracts in the current academic year (2017-18);
• Information showing the maximum High Needs or Top-Up funding allocation (in pounds) that each specific band or element attracted for each of the last two academic years (2015-16 and 2016-17).
o If funding allocations for each band/element in 2017-18 are identical to those in 2015-16 and/or 2016-17, please say so.
o If it is more efficient for you to provide these allocations based on financial years rather than academic years, please use financial years instead.
o If the Council has changed its banding arrangements during the 2015-16, 2016-17 and 2017-18 periods, please provide information showing the previous banding arrangements as well as the current ones.
Currently all funding is based on an individual needs assessment with no banding process and no maximum level. This process is however under review as part of a High Needs Strategy and consultation due in the autumn 2017.
All our SEN strategy documents along with advice and support for children and families can be found on our local website. Please see link to Devon County Councils Education and Families Web page below:-