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Funding for inclusion

​High needs top up funding for inclusion (FFI)

What does it do?
FFI is Leeds’ mechanism for delegating funding from central government to all schools and settings for children and young people who require additional support for Special Educational Needs (SEN), are a Leeds resident and who are aged between 2 and 25 years of age. The process of allocation is based on need; those with the most complex SEN and require the highest level of provision receive the most funding. The funding provided to schools and settings by the council is monitored to ensure it is used effectively and efficiently for the pupils to whom it is given. Funding is allocated to most schools, settings and providers on an annual basis, although for children and young people in early years settings this is carried out termly. The allocation is fair and equitable across all schools and settings.

Where is it?
FFI supports children and young people across Leeds for those who are resident and pay their council tax to Leeds. There are three FFI Co-ordinators who cover three localities; West/North West, South and East/North East. 

Who is it for?
FFI is for all children and young people aged between 2 and 25 years of age who have significant and complex needs and meet specified criteria, as outlined in the FFI Handbook. Children and young people may have an Education, Health and Care (EHC) Plan, but this is not essential in order to access FFI.

How accessible is it?
FFI is accessible to all children and young people who meet a given set of criteria. FFI is additional money over and above what settings already receive to meet the need of children and young people with SEN.

How can I get it?
Assessments are made against a given set of criteria. For children and young people aged between 2 and 5 years of age, the education or health professional identifies the child and makes an application to SENSAP on a termly basis. For children and young people aged between 5 and 25 years of age, schools, settings and professionals identify children and young people on an annual basis. Parents and young people cannot apply directly.

Who do I contact for more information?
In the first instance, parents and young people are encouraged to contact the SEN Co-ordinator (SENCo)in the setting. If you would like to know more about the FFI processes please see the related pages section or email us for more information.
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SEND and Inclusion Fund (SENDIF)

What does it do?
SENDIF is a ring-fenced budget allocated from the Early Years Block from central government in order to support children aged 3 or 4 years of age who have low level needs or emerging SEND. The process of allocation is based on need; those identified with low level needs and emerging SEND and who require some additional targeted provision receive funding. The funding provided to school nurseries and early years settings by the council is monitored to ensure it is used effectively and efficiently for the pupils to whom it is given. Funding is allocated to schools, settings and providers on a termly basis. The allocation is fair and equitable across all schools and settings.

Where is it?
SENDIF supports children across Leeds for those who are resident and pay their council tax to Leeds. There are three FFI Co-ordinators who cover three localities; West/North West, South and East/North East, one of which is responsible for administering funding for children in the early years.

Who is it for?
SENDIF is for all children and young people aged between 3 and 4 years of age who have low level needs or emerging SEND and meet specified criteria, as outlined in the FFI Handbook. Children and young people may have an Education, Health and Care (EHC) Plan, but this is not essential in order to access SENDIF.


How accessible is
it?SENDIF is accessible to all children who meet a given set of criteria. SENDIF is additional money over and above what settings already receive to meet the need of children and young people with SEND.

How can I get it?
Assessments are made against a given set of criteria by the education or health professional that makes an application to SENSAP on a termly basis. Parents, young people and early years settings cannot apply directly.

Who do I contact for more information?
In the first instance, parents and young people are encouraged to contact the SEN Co-ordinator (SENCo) in the setting. If you would like to know more about the SENDIF processes please see the related pages section or use the contact us box.

 

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