Ring-fence SEN Support funding in schools
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Under the new SEND Code of Practice, those children identified with SEND without an Education Health and Care Plan (statutory plan of support) should receive support as the school deems fit to support their needs. Schools should spend up to £6000 per student from their delegated budget to meet their needs. Only a small percentage of students are granted the Education Health and Care Plan so the rest receive mixed fortunes as funding for those without an Education Health and Care Plan is not ring-fenced. If we are to give our students with Special Educational Needs (SEN) appropriate support in order that they succeed and achieve, the system needs to be open, transparent and clear for parents, school staff and students through a ring-fenced budget.
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