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On 22 October 2019, the council’s Cabinet discussed the increasing need to support children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities.
The Cabinet report outlined that the ‘High Needs Block’ – which is the fund to support those with the most complex needs - continues to face financial challenges with a current overspend of around £6m.
The report outlined that projections predict a 22 per cent increase in demand for SEND provision over the next five years with a 52 per cent rise in the number of Education, Health and Care plans over the past six years.
Cabinet members agreed to consult with county schools on the proposed transfer of up to 0.5 per cent of budgets for both mainstream schools and academies into High Needs funding to help manage the budget position.
Schools have so far have been engaged in conversations on the proposal through the Schools Forum and have been fully engaged in the development of additional provision and the SEND Strategy.
Please take the time to read the proposals in full: