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Local High Needs Funding

The Local High Needs Funding system is designed to support children and young people (CYP) with emerging high needs, or with needs that fall outside the EHCP process. It is managed locally within the nine DSPL areas although funding is paid out centrally into school budgets. This is top-up funding to provide the cost of provision which exceeds the first £6000 which should be provided from the school’s Notional SEN Budget. It is for interventions and provision which go beyond quality first teaching and reasonable adjustments.

Application Process

The application process for Early Years settings and mainstream school settings has recently changed.   School settings should apply in the usual way, using the forms and guidance below.   Early Years settings should follow the new guidance in the next section.

LHNF Panel Dates              Closing Date for Applications
Wednesday 20th SeptemberWednesday 6th September (5pm)
Thursday 19th OctoberThursday 5th October (5pm)
Thursday 23rd NovemberThursday 7th November (5pm)
Wednesday 17th January 2024Friday 5th January (5pm)
Tuesday 13th February Tuesday 30th January (5pm)
Wednesday 20th MarchWednesday 6th March (5pm)
Thursday 9th MayThursday 25th April (5pm)
Thursday 13th JuneMonday 3rd June (5pm)
Thursday 4th JulyThursday 20th June (5pm)



Application process for Early Years Settings

A new Early Years funding system was introduced in June 2023.  Recommendations and requests for Local High Needs funding are now made by practitioners within Integrated Services for Learning (ISL) for example, a Specialist Advisory Teacher.   The Advisory teacher makes a recommendation to the Early Years SEND Support Panel.  If the panel agrees that the needs and required provision meet the criteria for the Targeted Plus descriptor or above, the case will be taken to the Local High Needs Funding panel by the local area Early Years Lead Teacher, for final decision making.  The decision to award funding will be at the discretion of the LHNF Panel.