SEND Top-up Funding

Formulate is used as an Education Banding Tool to allocate top-up funding accurately for students with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND).

The focus always remained on creating a good quality, accurate tool, which could work across different ages, settings and types of need. Implementing this across a large county like Northamptonshire has been a significant achievement.

Project Manager - Education, Health and Care Team

Northamptonshire County Council

Key benefits

  • Determine the level of funding using a configurable banding approach.
  • Understand the needs of each student to ensure they can reach their potential.
  • Make evidence-based and defensible top-up funding decisions.
  • Compare your configuration decisions with other Local Authorities.
  • Monitor changes in need and spend over time.
  • Compatible with the leading case management IT systems.

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Northamptonshire are now in a position where High Needs Funding is being allocated to all the Special Schools in the county using this system.

Project Manager - Education, Health and Care Team

Northamptonshire County Council

Case Study

Northamptonshire County Council introduces a fairer and more consistent approach to estimating SEND top-up funding

Northamptonshire County Council joined Imosphere as a key collaborator in the development of its Education Banding Tool, which is now being implemented by local authorities across the country.