Post-16 High Needs Funding

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

  • A young person aged 16-18 who requires additional support costing over £6,000 in any academic year
  • A young person aged 19-25 with an Education, Health and Care (EHC) plan, 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 us.

For applications for students in further education

Read the guidance on high needs funding on the GOV.UK website.

For applications for students in school sixth forms

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

Further information:

These documents can be downloaded from the HelpYouChoose website or from the Norfolk Schools website. Applications for high needs funding in school sixth forms should be made no later than the autumn term in which the student starts.

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


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