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High Needs Funding (HNF) – update November 2022

What is High Needs Funding

HNF is paid for from the national budget allocation for mainstream Rutland schools. It can be accessed for any child without an EHCP attending a mainstream Rutland School. It is also used for supporting Rutland children with an EHCP who are educated in or out of county in mainstream or specialist provisions.

High Needs Funding update - A message from Schools Forum, November 2022

In line with many other Local Authorities, Rutland’s schools requested a change to improve the way in which HNF is allocated and to increase the funding available to schools to enable them to deliver a high quality, inclusive education across Rutland.

Schools Forum tasked a working party, which included School Head teachers, SENCO’s, representatives from Rutland Parent Carer Voice and RCC officers, led by an independent facilitator, to consider options for the way HNF is allocated in Rutland for children with or without an EHCP.

As part of this work a banding matrix was developed. This was tried and tested with schools and comparative work was undertake against current funding and the proposed model. This comparative work demonstrated that schools would receive comparable funding to that at present, but would have more flexibility in how they utilised this to meet children and young people’s needs.

In September 2022, Schools Forum approved a new approach to the allocation of HNF in Rutland. This will come into effect from January 2023.

Funding has always been made available to schools to enable them to provide additional support to children and young people, as and when it is needed. Previously this has only been available for 1:1 hours for Teaching Assistant support and was not clearly available to provide holistic support for children and young people.

 

What are the benefits of the changes?

The new model will enable HNF to support during key transition points, supporting children and young people to continue on their learning journey’s, enabling them to thrive as they learn, grow and develop life skills.

Schools will continue to apply for HNF where they believe a child needs additional support. They will utilise a matrix of need to identify what level of support a child or young person may need, rather than having to detail how many hours of individual support they are requesting. This methodology will ensure that there is parity across all of Rutland’s schools and that schools are able to use additional funding in more creative ways to meet individuals needs.

 

What does this change mean for a child’s EHCP?

The main change is that funding arrangements will no longer appear in your child’s EHCP. The funding allocation will be arranged directly with the school.

The banding method of funding will not remove any provision from a child or young person’s EHCP. EHCP’s will remain bespoke, specific and based on the individual needs of the child or young person and the provisions that they require to meet those needs.

This is not new; HNF has always been available to schools to enable them to deliver the provision in the EHCP. The only change to an EHCP will be that the funding allocation to be made to school will no longer be included in the EHCP. The funding is not provision. Schools will continue to receive additional funding required to deliver the provision in an EHCP. As is currently the case, each year schools are able to request an increase or decrease in the funding they receive based on the fluctuating needs of the child or young person. The level of funding agreed with the school will enable them to deliver the provision in the EHCP.

 

Who should I contact with any queries?

Please always speak to your child's school in the first instance, however if you need further information, please contact the SEND service at Rutland County Council via:

send@rutland.gov.uk or 01572 758280.

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