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Funding for SEN support

All children and young people are entitled to an appropriate education, that enables them to achieve their best, become confident individuals living fulfilling lives and make a successful transition into adulthood. All pupils should have access to a broad and balanced curriculum and lessons should be planned to address potential areas of difficulty and remove barriers to pupil achievement. This means that schools must do everything they can to meet children and young people's SEN and make sure children and young people with SEN can engage in the activities of the school.

We often hear that parents and schools are frustrated because there is not enough funding to provide a particular aspect of support, but schools do have funding to provide support for pupils with SEN in order to meet the legal duties above.

This funding is known as delegated funding. Delegated funding is not ring fenced, which means that schools can spend it on ensuring provision across the school and it is not specified for any individual. However, the government currently suggests that a school should fund up to 6,000 worth of special educational provision for a pupil with SEN.

Even if a school does not have funding available, all children and young people are entitled to an appropriate education.