Support for schools and settings working with children and young people who require additional support for Special Educational Needs
FFI is Leeds’ mechanism for delegating funding from Central Government to all schools and settings for children and young people who require additional support for Special Educational Needs (SEN), are a Leeds resident and who are aged between 2 and 25 years of age. The process of allocation is based on need; those with the most complex SEN and require the highest level of provision receive the most funding. The funding provided to schools and settings by the Local Authority (LA) is monitored to ensure it is used effectively and efficiently for the children and young people to whom it is given.
Funding is allocated to most schools, settings and providers on an annual basis, although for children in early years settings this is carried out termly. The intention is that the allocation of funding is fair and equitable across all schools and settings. FFI funding allows a setting to personalise provision and offer support over and above that made available to all children and young people.
FFI funding is allocated using criteria divided into 7 bands relating to specific areas of need (see list below). These criteria can be found in section 9 of the FFI Handbook, a copy of which can be found on the Leeds City Council website. All children and young people are assessed for FFI against the same criteria, thus ensuring fairness, transparency and equity.
A Band – Cognition / Learning
B Band – Visual
C Band – Hearing
D Band – Physical Disability
E Band – Communication and Interaction
F Band – Social, Emotional & Mental Health
G Band – Healthcare Needs
The FFI Co-ordinators process funding applications made by schools, early years settings, post 16 providers and external professionals. When specific criteria have been met, we then ensure that the funding is allocated to the setting that the child or young person attends in order to support their inclusion and access to education.