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Consultation on support for SEND and young people who need support to stay in education

Around one in six children and young people in County Durham have special educational needs or a disability (SEND) and some young people need extra support to stay in education. We wanted your views on how we spend our money to help them.

The findings of the consultation are now available. 266 people responded to the online survey and over 100 people fed back their views through face to face discussions.

The full report went to Cabinet on 15 January 2020.



We aim to work with children and young people with SEND, vulnerable learners, their parents and carers and other professionals to ensure we offer opportunities for good health, independence, inclusion in community and learning settings and opportunities for employment and life skills.

Funding for many of these learning services comes from government through the High Needs Block (HNB) of the Dedicated Schools Grant. The pressure on this budget has increased in recent years and we are currently spending around 15% more on these services than is available. We have agreed to cover £5.6 million of the expected overspend this year from our budget support reserve but this isn't sustainable.

What we consulted on

We want to ensure we provide the right support, at the right time, in the right place, based on the money we have available. We wanted you to have your say on how we can offer the best possible service in a sustainable and affordable way and provide it as close to where children and young people live as possible.

Icon for pdf Support for SEND and young people who need support to stay in education transcript (PDF, 71.3kb)

Our review on funding includes:

  • central services including support to nursery pupils and sensory and learning difficulties
  • funding and places in special schools
  • the commissioning of support services such as integrated therapies, equipment, aids and adaptations
  • top up and targeted funding to schools for young people with extra needs
  • financial support provided through local partnerships of schools
  • the pupil referral unit and alternative provision

Further information on consultation

Have your say

The deadline for comments was 5.00pm on 17 October 2019.


Contact us
SEND (high block) consultation
03000 26 0000
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