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Local High Needs Funding

Scope & Purpose of Local High Needs Funding (LHNF):

  • To provide a robust and transparent decision-making process for allocation of High Needs Funding at a local level for children and young people who have emerging needs and who do not have an Education Health and Care Plan.
  • To ensure that there is local involvement in this process as well as involvement from HCC staff.
  • To consider applications for LHNF from schools and settings and to agree funding, make arrangements to provide support to schools in the event of the application being declined, or both.
  • All schools and settings across DSPL 4 are invited to attend 1 panel meeting per academic year.  Representation is highly valued and required in order for the panels to take place.

Applying for LHNF

Attached below you will find all the details on how to apply for LHNF.  Applications should be sent to by the deadlines stated prior to the panel.

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