Consultation on Hampshire County Council’s proposed Special Educational Needs (SEN) banding framework for children and young people who have Education, Health and Care (EHC) plans in mainstream schools

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Hampshire County Council is seeking residents’ and stakeholders’ views on its proposal to change the way that top-up funding is paid to state-funded mainstream schools to make provision for children and young people with Special Educational Needs (SEN) who are subject to an Education, Health and Care (EHC) plan. The purpose of the proposed change is to improve how the budget is allocated to mainstream schools to support children with an EHC plan in the most effective way possible.

The proposal only covers the top-up funding that mainstream schools receive for children with more complex SEN requiring an EHC plan and not the core funding of mainstream schools.

Any changes to these policies would affect new applications for support made after the date of implementation. All existing EHC plans, that were agreed before the date of implementation, would be amended in a phased way through the annual review of those EHC plans when children and young people are in year 1, 5 and 8 of education.

A video explaining the proposed banding framework is available below:

The consultation is open from Monday 12 October 2020 and closes at 23:59pm on Sunday 6 December 2020.

Note that responses received after this time will not be included in the findings report.

How to have your say

Before giving your views, we ask you to read the Hampshire SEN banding consultation Information Pack.

Read the easy read version of the Information Pack.

There is also an FAQ document which answers some of the common queries that have been asked about the proposed banding framework.

Complete the Response Form to give us your views.

If you require a paper copy of the Information Pack or the Response Form, or if you have any queries about the consultation, please contact [email protected] or call: 0300 555 1384*.

You can also email your response directly to Hampshire County Council using the email address [email protected]

This Information Pack and the Response Form are available in other formats such as easy read, large print, audio and Braille. To obtain an alternative format, please email Hampshire County Council at: [email protected] or call: 0300 555 1384*.

* Calls from a landline will be charged at the local rate, although mobile phone charges may vary.