Special education needs funding in schools

Funding for schools for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).

Schools must allocate funding to meet the needs of children and young people with SEND. Governing bodies have this responsibility under the requirements of the Children Act 2014.

Funding streams are different depending upon the whether the:

  • school is a mainstream primary or secondary school or an academy
  • school is a specialist setting such as a special school or special support centre (SSC)
  • pupil or student is under or over age 16.

You can find details on how schools are funded for pupils with SEND on the West Sussex SENDIAS page Funding for SEND.