Funding for SEND and those who need AP: Call for evidence

Closed 31 Jul 2019

Opened 3 May 2019


A call for evidence on the funding arrangements for young people with SEND and those who need alternative provision.

Why your views matter

We are aware of concerns about the funding allocated for young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) in England, and are looking carefully at how much overall funding will be needed in future years. This call for evidence is an invitation to consider other aspects of the funding arrangements that:

  • could be changed to help local authorities, schools, colleges and other providers in their support for young people with SEND, those requiring alternative provision (AP) and those at risk of exclusion from school, and
  • may not be helping us get the most value from the resources available.

We have also asked the Council for Disabled Children to organise a small number of workshops across the country, so that we can discuss the themes in this call for evidence in greater detail. If you would like to attend one of these events, please register your interest at, giving your name, role, organisation and email address. They will send you information about the events as soon as it is available.


Please read the document "Call for evidence on SEND & AP funding" before completing the online questionnaire.


  • Teachers
  • Headteachers
  • Governors
  • School support staff
  • Early learning and childcare providers
  • Local authorities
  • Further education colleges
  • Sixth form colleges
  • Independent specialist colleges
  • Designated institutions and 16-19 academies
  • 16-18 year old students resident at these institutions
  • Designated safeguarding leads
  • Virtual school heads
  • SENCOs
  • Educational Psychologists
  • Parents
  • Community representatives
  • Unions and representative organisations
  • School nurses
  • Clinical commissioning groups


  • Alternative provision
  • School and academy funding
  • School funding reform
  • Disabled children
  • SEND code of practice
  • Teaching and learning (SEND)