Management Information Sheet

Element 3 High Needs Funding

MI Sheet TypeInformation
To Be Completed By: 16/07/2020
MI Number:81/20
Publication Date:17/07/2020 12:00:00
LA Contact:Stephanie Askew
Audience:Headteachers and SENDCo

Element 3 High Needs Funding

This update provides information about future guidance which will published in the autumn term about the next phase of implementation for processes which will inform Element 3 funding applications for children and young people with high needs either with an EHCP plan or on a setting's SEN Support list.

We recognise schools are busy with priorities resulting from COVID and planning for September opening and we do not expect schools to focus on this immediately, but we hope that sharing this information now will clarify the future direction of Element 3 Funding which will be shared in more detail in September or October.

The new processes will be supported by two new tools have been co-produced over the past 2 years by a broad range of key partners and stakeholders through focus groups and workshops which have been facilitated by the Virtual School for SEND.

The two tools are:

  • An Individual Needs Descriptor, Education (INDEs)

  • An Inclusion and Provision Self-Evaluation Framework (IPSEF)

Further information can be found here on the INDEs and IPSEF and Element 3 funding next steps.

We are grateful for the support we have received from SEND, health and social care professionals, primary and secondary school leaders, governors, SENDCOs, special education settings and parent/carer groups in supporting this work.

SEND funding workshops

We are planning workshops, via Zoom, that will provide greater detail on our new processes. We will also be producing full guidance and an instruction video to ensure details are available to all settings.

Provision Expected at SEN Support (PEaSS)

VS SEND have produced an instructional video to support CPD at mainstream settings which can be found here:

SEND Forums

SEND Forums for the autumn term will take the form of virtual forums. Dates will be communicated to settings soon.

For any general funding queries please email