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Banding can apply to mainstream and special. It is
a way for local authorities in England allocate levels of top-up funding for
SEN provision for children/young people with EHC plans and on those receiving
SEN support. The LA may use banding to help decide which schools receive additional 'top
up' resources. This is often called the 'high needs block or 'high needs
If a mainstream school, nursery or college needs
more resources than are available out of their inital funding, they can request a third element
– a ‘top-up’ - from the LA’s high needs block.
Special schools often get most or all of it’s
funding from the high needs block. If they need more resource, then they can
also request extra ‘top-up’ again out of the high needs block.
hope that helps, SEND funding is complicated!
Your local authority local offer website may
include information about banding and how they make decisions on allocating
high needs funding in your area.
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