SEND Funding for 16-25 Provision

In a similar way to schools, the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) funds sixth-form colleges, further education colleges, sixth-forms in schools, sixth-forms in academies, independent learning providers, local authorities, special post-16 institutions and some higher education institutions through a national funding formula. This includes an allocation of funding that providers can use (similar to notional SEND funding) that providers can use to pay for the first £6k of support. 

For support needed above £6k funding comes from the high needs block. The age of the student, the costs of their additional support and whether or not they have an EHC plan will determine the way the ESFA allocates funding to an institution and whether or not a local authority is able to provide additional ESFA Adult Education Budget Learning Support funds to an institution to support that young person’s education. The diagram below shows how this works. A text version of the SEND Funding for 16-25 provision is available here. 

When a student is over 19 years old, the local authority must consider whether the education/training outcomes within the EHC plan have been met. If the learning goals have not been met and a student requires more time to achieve them, the annual review will indicate if the plan needs to continue (up to 25).

There should always be a learning goal and a learning outcome in any placement funded through an EHC plan. Where this is not the case the local authority should cease the EHC Plan and should inform social care services. If a student is eligible for social care as an adult, the funding is usually available on their 18th birthday.

Links to further information about SEND funding

For further information on all specialist education providers in the Borough visit the Gov website and search by Sutton Local Authority (external link). 



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