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St Mary's RC Primary, South Moor, Stanley 

Finance for SEND Pupils

The SENCO of St Mary's, Ms C Stewart, will help parents of pupils with SEN to identify appropriate provision that may be available through the Local Offer. School may also signpost parents to the Parent Partnership Service or our School Nurse who may offer specific advice, guidance and support, where required.


The budget allocation is agreed between our school and the Local Authority at the beginning of each financial year. Details of how this money is used to support children and young people with SEND is shown below. This is monitored each term by the Governing Body.


Full details about the way in which funding is allocated to schools for special educational needs provision can be found here:


At St. Mary's , our notional SEN budget amounts to £74,908.



If a child has complex special educational needs, we could also receive additional funding from the Local Authority to meet the agreed outcomes. 

Allocation of SEN Resources 

School Budget:

  • The school has an annual budget allocation for SEN based upon number and age of children on roll (AWPU), free school meals and prior attainment (ASN).
  • The AWPU funds a curriculum that is organised to address the learning needs of all the children and the cost of the school SENCO.
  • The ASN funds, together with the AWPU funds will be used to support the majority of children who face moderate barriers to their Learning.
St Mary's uses this money to fund the following:
  • Teaching assistants working across EYFS, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2, to support children with additional needs.
  • Some 1:1 TA support
  • Extra TA support for interventions taking place beyond the classroom eg Motor Skills Groups, Sensory Group,  Personal / Social development, Lego Therapy, Listening Matters
  • Psychology SLA
  • Speech and Language SLA
  • Counselling SLA
  • Behaviour Support
  • LA Autism Team Support
  • Additional lunchtime support for children with additional needs
  • Additional Literacy and Numeracy support.
Purchase of equipment and resources to support pupils with SEN comes from the SEN allocation. Partner agencies making recommendations for support and equipment, advise which resources are required and these are provided by school to reduce barriers to learning For Example, ipad, Apps, sloping boards, neck and lap weights, privacy boards, balance boards etc

COL Budget:

The Community of Learning ( COL2) to which St Mary's belongs, receives additional funding to meet the shared needs and priorities of partner schools. This funding has been used to support training for staff including Speech and Language Learning / Speech Link , Motor Skills training, preparation for Education, Health and Social care Planning. It has also been used to address Speech Therapy waiting lists for several years through direct employment of a Speech Therapist and assistant working with pupils in our schools. Funding has also allowed us access to a counsellor for one session a week.

Local Authority Budget:
The LA currently allocates top up funding for pupils with complex needs or for children with an EHCP. This money is allocated to support individual pupils. Costed Provision Maps detailing the cost of interventions and support for individual pupils are produced to ensure the cost of provision, over and above the AWPU funding is provided.