£6000 SEND Notional Budget

£6000 SEND Notional Budget: A Quick Guide!

Local authorities are required by regulation 11(3) of the School and Early Years Finance (England) Regulations 2022 to “identify within each budget share [i.e. the budgets being calculated for each mainstream school] an amount calculated by reference to the requirements, factors and criteria specified in Part 3 [i.e. the factors used by the local authority in its local schools funding formula] which are relevant to pupils with special educational needs; such amount must be calculated using a threshold sum of £6,000 per pupil below which the school will be expected to meet the additional costs of pupils with special educational needs from its budget share”.

£6000 SEND Notional Budget

The department has also issued guidance for local authorities on how to calculate their schools’ SEND notional budget. That guidance includes the following:

It is important to note that the notional SEN budget is not intended to provide £6,000 for every pupil with SEN, as most such pupils’ support will cost less than that. Nor is the notional SEN budget intended to provide a specific amount per pupil for those with lower additional support costs, even though the local authority may make reasonable assumptions about what those costs might be for the purpose of ensuring that their schools’ notional SEN budget calculation is realistic.

The notional SEN budget is not a budget that is separate from a school’s overall budget. It is an identified amount within a maintained school’s delegated budget share or an academy’s general annual grant. It is intended as a guide for a school’s spending decisions, and is neither a target nor a constraint on a school’s duty to use its ‘best endeavours’ to secure special provision for its pupils with SEN.


The School and Early Years Finance (England) Regulations 2022 (legislation.gov.uk)
Pre-16 schools funding: local authority guidance for 2023 to 2024 – GOV.UK