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Devolved SEND funding in FE a postcode lottery

Support for high-needs learners is patchy across the country, colleges warn

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The devolution of provision for learners with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) has created a postcode lottery in the levels of funding and support offered by local authorities, providers have warned.

The Association of Colleges (AoC) is calling for additional government guidance to be published to clarify how funding for 16-25 learners is allocated.

High-needs funding was devolved to local government in 2013-14, at the same time as a the introduction of a new assessment system and funding formula. In addition to normal course funding, the new formula also involves top-ups ...

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