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Local Authority Funding for SEND Provisions

The funding of special educational needs provision

The funding of special educational needs provision within the Bradford District follows the national guidance on school funding policy

School funding reform: next steps towards a fairer system - Publications - GOV.UK

The cost of the first £10,000 of provision for an individual child is funded by the schools budget. 

If the cost of provision for an individual child is more than £10,000 this is funded by the local authority from the High Needs Block of the Dedicated Schools Grant (DSG).

SEN Services will determine the amount of the additional funding.  This will be based upon evidence provided by parents/carers, the child or young person, the school and other professionals.  The additional funding is allocated through an Education, Health and Care Plan.

SEN Services use the Bradford Matrix of Need to determine the level of need for an individual child or young person.  This guidance is used by professionals to identify the level of support that a child or young person will receive.  Some of this support will be provided by the school.  Some of this support will be provided by the local authority.  

SEND Guidance: Bradford Schools Online

If a child or young person’s needs are at below age related expectations, or 'School Support' level and the provision they require costs up to £10,000, this is funded through the 'Notional SEN Budget', within the schools own budget.

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The Bradford SEND Local Offer is a free and impartial service provided by Bradford Council. The information contained within the website is available for the purposes of identifying services and provision that are available to children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities. This information does not represent a recommendation or an endorsement of a Service or Provider and neither does the Bradford Council or its partners make any representations or warranties as to the accuracy of the information.

Anyone seeking to use or access a service or provision is responsible for undertaking their own checks to determine the suitability and fitness for purpose of that service and provision. Some providers will be registered and inspected by external agencies, such as Ofsted or the Care Quality Commission. Anyone working with children and young people will be required to have appropriate Disclosure and Barring Service Check (the replacement for the Criminal Record Check), safeguarding policies and insurance in place, which they should make available to you on request.