Personal budgets for special educational provision are available to children and young people with EHC plans.
Ask for a personal budget
You can ask for a personal budget:
- When the local authority has completed an EHC needs assessment and confirmed it will issue an EHC plan for your child. Contact the SEND Statutory Assessment and Review Service (SENDSARS)
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Telephone: 0114 273 6394.
- During the annual review of your child’s EHC Plan. Contact your SENCO (or equivalent at college) before the annual review meeting. They will raise this with SENDSARS.
SENDSARS will discuss what can be provided as a personal budget for special educational provision.
Decisions about personal budgets
The local authority will let you know if your request for a personal budget is accepted or declined.
If it is declined, they will tell you the reasons why. You will receive this information in writing.
You can request a formal review of the decision if you do not agree with it.
You can also contact SSENDIAS for impartial information about your rights.
What a personal budget can be used for
A personal budget for special educational provision can only be used for delivering some or part of the provision specified in Part F of an EHC plan.
This could include:
- Specialist IT or other equipment
- Extra time from a support worker
- Access to extra teaching time
Personal budgets for social care support can be used for things like employing a personal assistant or support with life skills.
Managing a personal budget
There are four ways to manage a personal budget for special educational provision:
You and your family receive a cash payment from which you can contract, buy, and manage services yourself.
Notional personal budgets
You and your family are involved in decisions about how the money is used. But the personal budget is held and managed by a responsible organisation on your behalf. This could be Sheffield City Council, your school or college, or CCG. Services provided can only be those that are commissioned by the organisation.
The budget is received and managed by a separate organisation, like an independent brokerage service or a service provider. They will arrange services on your behalf.
A combination of the above.
You can talk to SEND Statutory Assessment and Review Service (SENDSARS) about the different options.
In Sheffield, only funding for SEN Transport and “top-up” (element 3) funding can be included in a personal budget for special educational provision.
“Top-up” funding comes from the high needs education budget. “Top-up” funding is also provided to special schools and colleges and other post-16 providers for individual students with high needs.
You can talk to SEND Statutory Assessment and Review Service (SENDSARS) about available funding.
Sheffield SENDIAS is part of Sheffield City Council and provides free and impartial information, advice and support to children and young people with SEND (aged 0-25) and their parents.
They can advise on personal budgets for special educational provision and social care. Call SENDIAS on 0114 273 6009 or email email@example.com.
Last reviewed: 22/03/2021
Information owner: SENDSARS