The school funding formula is generated to include financial provision to specifically support pupils individual special needs.
This funding is prioritised to enhance learning to ensure that small steps of progress are continually made by all SEN learners.
At Ox Close Primary School, our notional SEN budget (2018-19) amounts to £82,255.
This money is used to support children and young people with SEND by arranging:
- Additional support staff in the classroom and to run interventions.
- Bespoke resources to help children with SEN.
- Making referrals to the Local Authority SEND and Inclusion Service so that a specialist can come and assess a child and give feedback and recommendations.
- Professional development and training so staff have a better understanding of SEN and a better skill set of how to enable them to achieve their best.
If a child has complex special educational needs, we could also apply for additional funding from the Local Authority to meet their agreed outcomes.
At Ox Close Primary School, for those pupils with High Needs, Costed Provision Maps are created with detailed evidence of supporting resources provided in school. This builds a portfolio of the support each child receives and the progress each child makes. Detailed assessments and data tracking insure that all learners achieve and make progress at Ox Close Primary School.
The link below is a leaflet written by Durham SEND Information Advice and Support Service. It provides detailed information about funding for special educational needs (SEN) in mainstream schools.
Community of Learning (COL)
In addition to the money received via the school budget, Ox Close are part of a local cluster called the Community of Learning (COL). This cluster provides additional funding for SEND children across the local area. Some of the resources we access via the COL funding are Lexia, Speech Link, Language Link, Clicker 7, Year 6-7 transition support and specialist training for staff.