The budget allocation is agreed between our school and the Local Authority at the beginning of each financial year. Detail of how this money is used to support children and young people with SEND is shown below. This is monitored each term by the Governing Body.
Under new legislation there is a requirement on local authorities to publish a SEND Local Offer, which will set out a range of additional services and provision across education, health, social care and across the public, voluntary and independent sectors. This will detail information about what is available to support families both with and without an EHC Plan. The SENCO of St Pius School, Ms J. Cruise, will help parents of pupils with SEN to identify appropriate provision that may be available through the Local Offer. School may also signpost parents to the Parent Partnership Service or our Parent Support Advisor who may offer specific advice, guidance and support, where required.
At St Pius Xth RCVA Primary School, our notional SEN budget amounts to £69,793 for 2017-18.
This is used to support children and young people with SEND by:
- The school has an annual budget allocation for SEN based upon number and age of children on roll (AWPU), free school meals and prior attainment (ASN).
- The AWPU funds a curriculum that is organised to address the learning needs of all the children and the cost of the school SENCO.
- The ASN funds, together with the AWPU funds will be used to support the majority of children who face moderate barriers to their Learning.
St Pius X RCVA Primary School uses this money to fund the following:
- Permanent and Temporary TA’s and a Supervisory assistant working across EYFS, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2, to support children at School Action, SA+ and Statemented pupils.
- Extra TA support for interventions taking place beyond the classroom eg Motor Skills Groups, personal / Social development
- Additional lunchtime support for children with medical needs
- Additional Literacy and Numeracy support.
- Purchase of equipment and resources to support pupils with SEN comes from the SEN allocation. Partner agencies making recommendations for support and equipment, advise which resources are required and these are provided by school to reduce barriers to learning For Example, ipad, Apps, sloping boards, neck and lap weights, privacy boards, balance boards etc
The Community of Learning ( COL2) to which St Pius belongs, receives additional funding to meet the shared needs and priorities of partner schools. This funding has been used to support training for staff including Speech and Language Learning / Speech Link , Motor Skills training, preparation for Education, Health and Social care Planning. It has also been used to address Speech Therapy waiting lists for several years through direct employment of a Speech Therapist and assistant working with pupils in our schools. We also have access to a trained counsellor from Hudson Counselling Service. She works in school one morning a week and pupils can be referred into the service when appropriate.
Local Authority Budget
The LA currently allocates top up funding for pupils with complex needs. This money is allocated to individual support of pupils. The school is in a period of transition as the new EHC Plans are rolled out. Costed Provision Maps detailing the cost of interventions and support for individual pupils are produced to ensure the cost of provision, over and above the AWPU funding is provided in the future.
If a child has complex special educational needs, we could also receive additional funding from the Local Authority to meet the agreed outcomes.
A Costed Provision Map will be developed in liaison with the child, young person, parent or carer. An example of a costed provision map can be found here:
If you would like to discuss your SEND requirements in detail please contact the school to arrange an appointment.