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school SEN budget - can anyone help me to decipher what it all means?

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bjkmummy Sun 30-Mar-14 23:38:57

school refuse to tell me what the sen budget is so had a google and got it off the internet but i dont know what all the sections mean so can someone explain in plain english what it all means?

primary age weighted funding
total individually assigned resources
total EN including other learning and social needs
notional sen budget

many thanks

Ineedmorepatience Mon 31-Mar-14 08:36:12

I can answer 2, the age weighted funding is the amount that is given to every child in the school and the notional sen budget is a percentage of that. The notional sen budget is not ring fenced and can be used for anything.
School can apply for top up funding but under the new system they have to be able to prove that they have spent the AWPU (age weighted pupil funding) and a large sum of notional sen money.

Hope that helps smile

RaRaTheNoisyLion Mon 31-Mar-14 09:27:28

The first is what the school gets for each child regardless of anything.
The fourth is the part of the lump sum given that is supposed to cover high incidence SN (for the whole school. This can be used how they want though, not just for SEN as isn't ringfenced).

I imagine no.2 covers the specified statement provision.

No idea what no. 3 is.

RaRaTheNoisyLion Mon 31-Mar-14 09:28:08

So can answer same as Ineed.

bjkmummy Mon 31-Mar-14 09:49:20

okay - number 4 is about £3k for the school and number 3 is about £5k. so thats about 8k if we take number 3 into consideration - school have one statemented kid that i know off so that would need to come out of the 8K although school just use the class TA to support - theres no specific TA for the statemented child - they also use this TA to support my daughter as well - im also seeing if i can get the argument about resources to fit as well. if school 'buy ' in specialist teaching it would cost the school £93 per hour so im guessing no way the budget will ever stretch to that

RaRaTheNoisyLion Mon 31-Mar-14 10:13:56

The thing is though that the notional budget isn't necessarily supposed to cover all the SEN. It's like 'a bit to help' iyswim. Schools don't like to use other funds and in fact prefer to use the SEN budget for other things because it is up to them really how they spend it.

But broadly speaking, your argument is a reasonable one.

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