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High needs Element 3 funding

The Virtual School for Learning and Special Educational Needs/Disabilities (VS Learning and SEND) will continue to oversee applications for Element 3 funding during the spring term 2022.

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

Element 3 banding descriptors

Summer term 2022 Element 3 funding bands, descriptors and allocations (April, May, June 2022).

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

Band 1 High needs/medical needs = £562.50

  • 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 = £933.33

  • 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 = £1,685.00

  • 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: Friday 6 May 2022
  • Moderation of applications: w/c 23 May 2022
  • Feedback to schools: w/c 20 June 2022

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 Summer term 2022
  • 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 April 2022, and in academy journals during May 2022.

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. PLEASE DO NOT APPLY FOR PREVIOUSLY AGREED FUNDING UNLESS THIS IS FOR A CHANGE OF BAND.
  • 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.