Review of funding for pupils in mainstream schools

We sought the views of parents, mainstream school representatives and forums on how SEN support funding is currently allocated and distributed.

Mainstream schools in Leicester currently receive additional funding for pupils with specific special educational needs (SEN).

The additional funding is paid in two parts:

  • a set amount for each pupil, depending on the individual pupil's needs
  • a school based payment to support the school’s overall SEN budget.

The payments are known as either ‘mainstream top-up’ or ‘element 3 payments’.

Your views help us draw up proposals on potential changes to SEND funding procedures, which we will formally consult on between September and December 2021.