16 to 25 high needs funding: additional information

Additional information about EFA 16 to 25 high needs funding arrangements for the 2014 to 2015 academic year and preparation for 2015 to 2016 academic year

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16 to 25 high needs funding: additional information


The Education Funding Agency (EFA) is responsible for providing funding in relation to high needs students (HNS) aged up to 18 and young people aged 19 to 25 starting a new course in further education if they are subject to a statutory Learning Difficulty Assessment (LDA) ) and / or education, health and care plan (EHCP).

An HNS is defined as a student who requires £6,000 or more of additional learning support.

EFA has published additional information which addresses issues often raised by local authorities and institutions about high needs funding.

It includes information on high needs funding, contracting, special educational needs (SEN) reforms for the academic year 2014 to 2015 and looking ahead to 2015 and 2016.

Published 16 May 2014
Last updated 26 August 2014 + show all updates
  1. Updated version contains several updates across the whole document with main changes in the following areas: English and maths condition of funding (paragraphs 8 to 11) Allocating high needs funding in 2015 to 2016, including the exceptional cases process for 2015 to 2016 (paragraphs 43 to 78)
  2. First published.