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:
- Post 16 High Needs Funding Panel: Terms of reference and procedure
- Appendix 1: Top up request form
- Appendix 2: Placement Panel Report
- Appendix 3: Post 16 transition plan for LLDD
- Appendix 4: Guidance for Post 16 FE providers on top up funding
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:
- Post 16 High Needs Funding Panel Mainstream School Sixth Form Applications - Terms of Reference and Procedure
- Appendix 1 - Top-Up Request form
- Appendix 2 - Guidance
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:
Participation Strategy Team
Norfolk County Council - Children’s Services
T:: 01603 222390