LAs awarded extra SEND funding

Edward Timpson, Minister for Vulnerable Children and Families, has announced a £215 million funding boost to transform the lives of thousands of children with special educational needs and disabilities, by increasing school capacity and making it easier for them to access good school places.

Every local council’s allocation is at least £500,000 to enable them to expand and improve their special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) provision, with more than half receiving at least £1 million.

Councils will be free to invest the funding as they see fit to help children and young people with education, health and care plans to get a high-quality education.

The investment can be used in mainstream schools, including:

  • academies
  • free schools
  • grammar schools
  • special units
  • special schools
  • early years settings
  • further education colleges
  • other provision for children and young people aged from 0 to 25