School top-up funding for SEN and High Needs Matrix

The High Needs Matrix will be used to support the decision making for all allocations of additional education funding for special educational needs regardless of the setting.

School funding for children with SEN gives more information about top-up funding for SEN and the High Needs Matrix, how it is used and a worked example.

Funding can be agreed for one, two or three terms at a time depending on circumstances. It is paid termly.

It is the responsibility of the setting to keep track of funding and re-apply if appropriate before the funding period runs out.

When we allocate High Needs funding

We allocate Element 3 funding using the High Needs Matrix for:

  • Statutory Assessment based on the information provided
  • The annual review process – the school, college or setting should ensure that the recommendation for an amendment to funding is evidence based
  • Top Up Funding for children and young people without a statutory plan

To ensure that we are consistent in our decision-making, requests for Top Up Funding are considered by the education representatives who sit on the Herefordshire Referral Panel (this panel advises the local authority on whether a Statutory Assessment is required).

Help with using the High Needs Matrix

If you need more help or clarification on the use of the High Needs Matrix, please contact the SEN Team: Telephone: 01432 260869 Email: