SENSA top up funding

SENSA top up funding

This process only applies to children/young people who both live in Hampshire and attend mainstream schools/colleges in Hampshire. This process does not apply to pre-school establishments or schools and colleges in the Independent/non-maintained sector. Only school/college staff may request top up funding. Parents of children/young people receiving additional support may discuss any concerns with the Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCo) or Learning Difficulties and Disabilities Coordinator (LDDCo) at the school/college.

The County Council operates on the basis that there is enough funding allocated to allow schools/colleges to make up to £6,000 of SEN Support per annum for any child/young person that needs it. Schools/colleges can request up to an additional £4,500 if required. An education, health and care needs assessment is required for more than £4,500 or a special school/college referral.

This process allows schools/colleges to quickly meet the needs of those with less complex and severe needs. This process does not affect the statutory rights of parents, young people, schools or colleges all of whom may ask for an education, health and care assessment instead.

Funding allocations will be pro-rated for the academic year and funding will be transferred to schools/colleges at the start of each term. Funding will commence from the date of submission of the claim form and therefore advance claims cannot be made. If a claim is submitted part way through the term, schools/colleges can expect to receive the pro-rata funding. Funding will continue until the next Key Stage level is reached, a pupil/young person leaves the school/college or from the date a final EHCP is issued.

When to submit a SENSA top up funding application

Where the school/college is of the opinion that the needs of the child/young person exceed those that can reasonably be met from the delegated notional SEN budget.

Update and re-submit applications at the start of each National Curriculum Key Stage for each case. Funding will stop if a new application is not submitted for the year.

Complete a new application any time the needs of the child/young person change requiring an increase or decrease in the level of top up funding.

If the County Council makes an EHC plan for a child/young person who is receiving top up funding through this process then the top up funding will end from the date of the final EHC plan. This is because the top up funding will be provided through the EHC plan.

The County Council will be monitoring expenditure and schools/colleges must be able to justify the amount of additional funding claimed for each pupil/young person. Local SEN partnerships comprising of representative Headteachers/Principals, SENCos/LDDCos, Educational Psychologists and SEN Officers will investigate any anomalous applications and take appropriate action.

Before completing the SENSA top up funding application

This scheme is no longer available. Please refer to the School Communication (ref: SC016306) published on 5 November 2018 for further information.

New applications for SENSA funding are no longer being accepted. However, if you have previously submitted an application and been invited to resubmit because the application contained an error then you may do so. Alternatively, if it has been agreed with SEN officers that an application for SENSA funding should be submitted and the process has already started, then your application will be considered if it is submitted by 25 November 2018. No applications will be considered after midnight on 26 November 2018 under any circumstances.

If you have any queries about your submission, contact the Senior Special Needs Officer in the SEN Team for your area.