Deciding on an education setting for your child with SEND

Education funding for children and young people (SEND)

Information on how Central Bedfordshire Council funds education for children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND)

Early Years funding

Additional funding in mainstream settings, schools and colleges for children/young people without an education, health and care plan (EHCP)

We provide inclusion grants to settings for young people without an EHCP.

Top-up funding to mainstream schools and colleges for children and young people with an EHC plan

We fund the support in an educational health care (EHC) plan which is additional to the notional funding, already available in all mainstream schools and colleges. This funding comes from our High Needs Block and is paid centrally to the school. The funds are divided up for the 12 months and given to the schools on a monthly basis.

If the child/young person moves to a different education setting, any allocated funding moves with them. We will, retrospectively, remove/claw back from the original school and allocate to the new education setting – these adjustments are made on a monthly basis.

Funding to special schools and additional resourced provision

Only children/young people who have EHC plans can attend special schools or be placed in an additional resourced provision.

Funding comprises of two main components:

  • a sum 'per place' – the 'per place' funding (£10,000** per year) is paid at the beginning of the financial year
  • a 'per pupil' top-up from our High Need Block

Pupils in special schools and additional resourced provisions get top-up funding to meet the needs identified in the EHC plan. If the child/young person moves to a different education setting any allocated top-up funding moves with them. We will, retrospectively, remove/claw back from the original school/college and allocate to the new education setting – these adjustments are made on a termly basis.