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High needs Element 3 funding

The Virtual School for Special Educational Needs/Disabilities (VS SEND) will continue to oversee applications for Element 3 funding during the autumn term 2021.

General funding enquiries can be sent to element3funding@norfolk.gov.uk

Element 3 banding descriptors

Autumn term 2021 Element 3 funding bands, descriptors and allocations (September, October, November, December 2021).

Applicable for pupils on SEN Support and those with an Education, Health and Care (EHC) plan.

Band 1 High needs/medical needs = £450.00

  • The child/young person requires up to approximately 50% of targeted additional support staff curriculum time, to enable their access to the curriculum
  • The child/young person requires monitoring due to their medical needs during curriculum time, break and lunchtimes

Band 2 Higher needs/high medical needs = £746.67

  • The child/young person requires at least 50% of targeted additional support staff curriculum time, to enable their access to the curriculum
  • The child/young person requires close supervision due to their medical needs during curriculum time, break and lunchtimes

Band 3 Exceptional needs/extreme medical needs = £1,348.00

  • The child/young person requires 100% of targeted additional support staff curriculum time, to enable their access to the curriculum. Plus full-time additional support staff time, to enable their access to break and lunchtimes, or for close supervision due to their medical needs

How to apply for Element 3 funding

Application timeline

  • Deadline for applications: 8 October 2021
  • Moderation of applications: w/c 1 November and 8 November 2021
  • Feedback to schools: w/c 29 November 2021

The application forms are available on Perspective Lite at the start of the new term. Previous versions of the form will not be accepted.

Automatic allocations

  • We (the local authority) have carried forward current SEN Support, EHC plan, and exceptional circumstances pupil allocation of Element 3 funding, into autumn term 2021
  • Schools and academies are able to check their current allocations by using the budget share tracker and entering their password into the 'SEN Allocation Memo'
  • All automatic allocations will be in school downloads by the end of September, and in academy journals during October 2021

Actions for schools

  • Newly identified SEN Support and EHC plan pupil requests for Element 3 funding, including exceptional circumstances funding, will continue within the current process. They will therefore require the submission of an application form
  • The application form should also be used where there is a request for band amendment
  • Schools should inform us within seven days where a funded pupil has left the school