Hampshire County Council welcomes special needs funding

News that the Department for Education is to provide an extra £350 million funding to help those with complex needs to succeed in their education has been welcomed by Hampshire County Council

Dec 18 2018

Councillor Stephen Reid, Executive Member for Education and Skills, Human Resources and Performance, said: “I am delighted that there will be further funding for specialist support and confirm that, in Hampshire, we are set to receive almost £6 million of the total funding, over the next two years.

“Our approach has always been one of inclusion. Wherever possible, children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) should be able to have their needs met within a mainstream school setting. SEND funding is used to enable this, with schools using it to bring in additional specialist support, provide more staff and staff training, or buy-in specialist equipment and resources. It is also used to fund places in special schools for those with more complex needs, for whom a mainstream setting is not suitable.”

“We are currently meeting the needs of more than 9,000 learners to help them achieve good educational outcomes and have a positive learning experience. These are children who have special educational needs, are permanently excluded or are at risk of permanent exclusion, are medically unwell or emotionally vulnerable.

“Over the last three years there has been a 60% increase in children with SEND who require additional provision. However, the increase has not been matched by a rise in funding so, this additional Government investment will go some way to meeting the shortfall and we very much welcome that.”