Early help locality funding

This funding is intended to provide the most appropriate support package for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities in a range of settings, taking account of parental and student choice.

The key principles for the funding of higher needs pupils are

  • funding for high needs provision is to be arranged on an equivalent basis across different types of providers, including maintained or academy schools
  • this includes pupils and students with high needs in the school or academy, further education and alternative provision sectors
  • a 'place-plus' approach to funding in specialist settings is being adopted.

School application

The first time you complete a new form you will be asked to create a personal account. You will then be able to view your saved and completed forms once logged in.

If you experience any problems accessing forms for schools applications, please contact the high needs team on [email protected]

Decision panel

The panel meets monthly during term-time. They will consider applications from schools for early help locality funding for children without an education, health and care plan (EHCP). Each application is discussed to determine whether the child meets high needs criteria in line with the SEN descriptors.

There are two decisions types:

  • the child meets the criteria for early help locality funding
  • the child does not meet the criteria for early help locality funding

Decisions are notified to schools via email within 10 working days from the panel date, the decision notification confirms the funding period and the amount to be funded.

2023 to 2024 panels

Submit application by

Panel meeting

Confirmation letters will be received by

27 September 2023

Friday 6 October 2023 (continuation forms)

Friday 13 October 2023 (new applications)

27 October 2023

27 October 2023

Friday 10 November 2023

Friday 17 November 2023

24 November 2023

Friday 8 December 2023

Friday 15 December 2023

19 January 2024

Friday 2 February 2024

Friday 9 February 2024

23 February 2024

Friday 8 March 2024

Friday 15 March 2024

19 April 2024

Friday 3 May 2024

Friday 10 May 2024

24 May 2024

Friday 7 June 2024

Friday 14 June 2024

28 June 2024

Friday 12 July 2024

Friday 19 July 2024

All panel decisions will be sent out to the email address provided on the application form. Completed applications can be submitted at any time and will be considered in date order, at the closest panel meeting date with capacity.

Applications must be checked and prepared and that panel members require at least 5 working days to review applications prior to the panel meeting. Applications submitted close to a panel date will therefore be submitted to the next panel.

Schools funding decisions will be notified within 10 working days of the panel date.

For schools, where funding is agreed it will commence from the date automatically generated by the system upon submission of the application form. This date appears in the 'completed by' section at the end of the form.

Any funding will only be granted to August 2023 due to a pending early help locality funding review.


Continuation forms have been issued to all schools currently receiving this funding. These were sent to the email address on the application form. If you have not received this, or have any queries about continued funding, please email us at [email protected].

An online form will be available for this soon.

The document below fulfils a Department for Education requirement for each local authority to explain the special educational needs provision it expects to be made from within a mainstream school's budget share. It clearly explains the provision for pupils from early years settings and schools and will form part of the local authority Local Offer.

The document should be used as required to inform good practice and support effective provision for pupils with special educational needs.

The creation of the Unitary authorities has resulted in additional cross border pupils for example a child with an Education Health and Care Plan (EHCP) who lives in, and is the funding responsibility of, their 'home' authority, but goes to a school in another authority.

The arrangement for schools to be paid for SEN support for such EHCP pupils, is that the agreed funding is recharged via invoices raised by the school to the funding authority - this process is already in place for existing neighbouring authorities.

Schools themselves need to invoice the relevant funding authority for agreed SEN support funding. This includes pupils from North or West Northamptonshire Councils. This arrangement applies to mainstream schools (maintained and academy), special schools, unit provisions and early years settings.

Where schools have pupils from another authority without an Education Health and Care Plan but agreed early help locality funding, they will again need to invoice the funding authority direct.

Invoices will need to be addressed to:

North Northamptonshire Council
One Angel Square
Angel Street

You will not require a purchase order number, but invoices must be emailed to:

[email protected]

Please provide invoices on a termly basis (to support cash flow, we are able to accept invoices in advance), so this will usually be the annual amount agreed divided by three terms (except where one-off amount etc.)

Please provide full backing information to support the claim - pupil name and date of birth, funding level (RAS or EHCP level), special arrangement funding detail and period of claim.

For some children and young people (for example those who are 'looked after'), it can be difficult to establish which authority is financially responsible for funding their SEN top up. If you require assistance to clarify, or if you have any other query, please contact the appropriate High Needs business support Team.

Last updated 02 April 2024