Changes to the high needs budget

A consultation on proposals for changing how we allocate some aspects of the high needs budget, to support children and young people with special educational needs or disabilities (SEND).

All local authorities have a duty to keep their special education provision under review and ensure there is the right type of provision and enough places to meet the needs of children and young people with special educational needs and / or disabilities (SEND). 

In order to meet this duty, we have developed the strategic plan for SEND education provision. The plan includes actions to develop special educational provision in North Yorkshire and to have more local provision for children and young people.

We have a budget of £44.8 million to spend on special educational provision. This is called the high needs budget and is allocated by central government. There is significant financial pressure on this budget due to the increase in the number of children and young people who have been assessed as needing an education, health and care plan. However funding from central government has not increased in line with increased demand. The strategic plan helps us to make sure we can make the best provision possible with the funding we have whilst ensuring we meet the assessed needs of children and young people.

As set out in the plan we are reviewing and reshaping the high needs budget. This will be an ongoing process as we implement the plan but we now want to consult on the following three specific proposals for change:

  • Changing the process for top up funding for children and young people with education, health and care plans from a resource allocation system to a banding system;
  • Changing the way provision for secondary aged pupils who are permanently excluded or at risk of permanent exclusion is commissioned and funded in North Yorkshire; and
  • Bringing arrangements for provision and funding for young people with education, health and care plans receiving post-16 education, into line with statutory guidance.

Statutory duty

The local authority will always make sure that the assessed needs of children and young people are met, and that it meets its statutory duties.


What do the proposals mean for young people with education, health and care plans in post-16 education?

For young people with education, health and care plans in further education or sixth form there will be no change as they currently receive 16 hours per week / 600 hours a year of education. Most of the education establishments that they attend are paid for 16 hours of their education, health and care plan top-up funding. Young people in sixth forms are paid for 25 hours of their plan top-up funding but only receive 16 hours of education. We will make sure the funding is in line with the education time they receive.

For young people with education, health and care plans in post-19 provision who require a five day offer, they will continue to receive this five day offer but it will not all be funded by education. Young people with these packages will have ongoing care needs after the age of 25 and need a combined package to complete their education but also to transition them into adult services. We are committed to ensuring that these young people have a seamless and well coordinated transition into adult services and as part of this, they will receive a combined package part funded by education to meet the education outcomes stated in their plan and part funded by care to achieve the self care / independence / life long learning outcomes stated in their care plan. This ensures that we meet not only our duty under the Children and Families Act but also our duty under the Care Act.

Young people post-19 will receive at least the same package as they currently do. We hope that this will be improved by a clearer care offer and a clear transition into adult services once their education, health and care plan ceases.

Give us your views

You can give us feedback on the consultation through our online survey:

Give us your views

Printed copies of the consultation documents and the survey can also be provided by telephoning 01609 780780 or emailing customer.services@northyorks.gov.uk.

Deadline for comments

You should give us your views on these proposals by 11 November 2018.

Consultation events

We are holding the following consultation events where you can find out more about each of the proposals and provide feedback.

If you can’t attend an event, you can email any questions to send@northyorks.gov.uk. Please title your email ‘High needs budget consultation’.

Events for parents, carers and families

Date Time Location
Monday 22 October 12 noon to 1.30pm Skipton Town Hall, High Street, Skipton BD23 1AH
Tuesday 23 October 12 noon to 1.30pm Community House, Portholme Road, Selby YO8 4QQ
Wednesday 24 October 12 noon to 1.30pm Evolution Business Centre, County Business Park, Darlington Road, Northallerton DL6 2NQ
Tuesday 6 November 12 noon to 1.30pm Scarborough Dial-a-Ride, Unit 4, 64-66 Londesborough Road, Scarborough YO12 5AF
Wednesday 7 November 12 noon to 1.30pm Cedar Court, Park Parade, Harrogate HG1 5AH

Events for school staff and other education professionals

Date Time Location
Tuesday 16 October 9.30am to 11am Allerton Court Hotel, Darlington Road, Northallerton DL6 2XF
Tuesday 6 November 9.30am to 11am Scarborough Dial-a-Ride, Unit 4, 64-66 Londesborough Road, Scarborough YO12 5AF
Thursday 8 November 5.30pm to 7pm County Hall, Racecourse Lane, Northallerton DL7 8AE