Consultation outcome

High needs funding reform

This consultation has concluded

Detail of outcome

See the government response to the consultation (read chapter 2 of ‘High needs funding reform - government response and stage 2 proposals’ and ‘Annex A - detailed response to the stage 1 consultation’). These documents include a summary of the responses we received and an outline of the next steps.

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Original consultation


We’re seeking views on proposals to improve the distribution of high needs funding.

This consultation was held on another website.

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Consultation description

We invite your views on:

  • the structure of a formula for funding local authorities to provide services for children and young people who attract high needs funding
  • improvements to the distribution of this high needs funding to schools, colleges and other institutions

High needs funding is funding for children and young people with special educational needs or disability who need extra support at school, college or alternative provision settings. Alternative provision settings are for children who can’t go to a mainstream school.

We are also consulting on proposals to introduce a schools national funding formula.

Published 7 March 2016
Last updated 14 December 2016 + show all updates
  1. Added a link to the government's response to the consultation.

  2. First published.