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New ways of funding special needs in mainstream schools

Lincolnshire County Council is proposing changes to the way mainstream schools receive funding for children with special educational needs, aiming to deliver extra help quickly without needing to wait for a statement of special needs. We want to hear your views - take part in the consultation here.

Your views are important to us.

Lincolnshire County Council wants to ensure that children's needs can be met promptly without needing to wait for statements of special educational needs.

A statement of special educational needs takes 26 weeks to produce. It results from a formal assessment process, and says what provision a school should make for a child with special educational needs. Statements will be for children with the most severe and complex special educational needs.

In Lincolnshire we have a bigger proportion of children with statements than nationally. One of the main reasons for this is that a statement is needed to get extra help in mainstream schools. The Council wants to make sure that children get help when they need it.

This doesn't mean that we won't be providing statements any more.

It does mean that:

  • if a child needs extra help, the money is in the school budget and the help can be provided straight away
  • children with the most severe and complex needs who need very special arrangements to be made, will be considered for a statement.


If you are a parent or carer who attended one of the events regarding the proposals, you can find the notes and a questions and answers sheet above under 'Downloads'.

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Last updated: 24 October 2011

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