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 have been working alongside parents, education providers and professionals in order to assess the 1600 EHCP's that are not currently part of the ENF system. All these EHCPs without ENF have now been assessed and Schools and nurseries will be notified of the outcome of this work during July or by 1 September by the latest. Schools and nurseries will also be asked to share this information with parent carers.
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 - email@example.com, 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 and the process will be shared with schools and settings during the Autumn term. ENF will remain in place until they are moved onto the relevant band agreed as part of the reviews.
Children and young people who move into Hertfordshire with an EHCP will be funded for one term at the level specified on their EHCP while their EHCP is assessed for funding using the Hertfordshire Funding model.
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.