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We will be replacing Exceptional Needs Funding (ENF) with a more effective system for identifying needs and resources. The new system will be called Top Up (High Needs) Funding (HNF) for mainstream schools and settings.


Changes to the funding system were due to start from April 2020, but this has been delayed due to the coronavirus. No child’s funding will change before a review has taken place in line with the new system.

The review process will begin from September 2020, situation depending.

 

How will the changes to the funding system affect you?

For pupils with an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP):

If a pupil's needs are identified by an EHCP, this will also be used to help identify the resources they need, meaning no separate application for funding is necessary. The pupil's EHCP will instead identify what funding is needed for the school or educational setting to be able to deliver the specified provision in the EHCP.

For pupils with no Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP):

Parents, education providers and professionals will work together to identify a pupil's needs and determine what level of funding would be needed in order for a school or educational setting to fully support a pupil.


Possible changes to your current funding situation:

If your Child has an EHCP but no ENF

ENF panels and the SEN Managers will be working alongside parents, education providers and professionals in the Spring and Summer terms 2020 to assess the 1600 EHCP's that are not currently part of the ENF system. The results of the assessment may indicate that Top-Up (High Needs) Funding (HNF) is required to support your child.

If Top-Up (High Needs) Funding is required:

Your school will be made aware by the Autumn term 2020. Any new EHCP's that are finalised in the Summer term 2020 will also be assessed and resources allocated to the school as appropriate. If this applies to your child or young person you will be contacted by the SEN Officer directly.

Schools will be able to contact County Lead for SEND Sally Glossop - sally.glossop@hertfordshire.gov.uk, if they need access to additional funding for the summer term that they were not able to apply for in the Spring of 2020.

If your child has an EHCP and ENF

If your child has an EHCP and ENF, then their funding will be reviewed as part of their next EHCP annual review. This will be a simple process that looks at whether  there has been any change in needs. Please note that this will start from 1 January 2021. ENF will remain in place until they are moved onto the relevant band agreed as part of the reviews.

If your child has ENF, but no EHCP

All existing ENF cases that were due to expire in the Summer or Autumn terms will now be extended to 31 December 2020, unless your child or young person has left mainstream education. Schools will work with parents during the Autumn term to decide how best to meet a child or young person's needs from January 2021 under the new Top Up (High Needs) Funding (HNF) system. It could be the case that application to the new local system (Local High Needs Funding or LHNF) for further funding or an Education, Health and Care Needs assessment needs to be completed.

Our Plan for 2020

  • We will have a local version of Top Up (High Needs) Funding in place, known as Local High Needs Funding (LHNF), that meets the emerging needs of children and young people and those with complex needs who do not meet the conditions for an EHCP. We will aim to have this in place for the Autumn term 2020. All decisions that are made will be in place for one year only and be reviewed in the Summer term 2021.
  • We will create a manual by the end of the Autumn term 2020 that lets you know about all the documents, changes and processes for the new system. The new system and transitional arrangements will be reviewed in the Summer term 2021.

The reason for the change

We reviewed the way in which we currently meet complex needs in schools through ENF. Both nationally and locally, there is a rising need for support for pupils with complex needs in mainstream schools and educational settings. This has an impact on how we spend money we have across the education system. The review highlighted the concerns of education providers and parents/carers about ENF, and their views that children and young people are not getting the funding they need. The review is part of our commitment to make sure that funding is sustainable for schools and educational settings in the future so that they can fully meet children and young people’s needs.

If you have any questions or need more information, please email:

Sally Glossop, County Lead for SEND at sally.glossop@hertfordshire.gov.uk

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