Post-16 High Needs Funding

This funding stream is from the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) and is for learners with learning difficulties and or disabilities and can only be used when attending ESFA approved providers. For funding purposes, a high needs student is defined as:

  • A young person aged 16 to 18 who requires additional support costing over £6,000 in any academic year
  • A young person aged 19 to 25 with an EHCP who requires additional support costing over £6,000 in any academic year

In all instances, a high needs student’s placement must be agreed by the local authority.

For applications for students in Further Education

For further information go to the GOV.UK website or click on the links below:

For applications for students in School Sixth Forms

Any student costing less than £6,000 is not classed as high needs and therefore should be funded out of the school's own disadvantage funding budget.

Follow the links below for more information:

These documents can be downloaded from the HelpYouChoose website in the 'Advisers and Teachers' section or from the Norfolk Schools Website. Applications for high needs funding in school sixth forms for 2017/18 should be made as soon as possible and preferably no later than the autumn term in which they start.

If you have any questions or require further information please contact:

Sara-Jane Sturman
Partnership Officer
Participation Strategy Team
Norfolk County Council - Children’s Services

T:: 01603 222390
E:
sara-jane.sturman@norfolk.gov.uk