SEND funding grants available

Written by: Pete Henshaw | Published:

Grant funding is being made available to test different programmes and strategies to improve attainment and other outcomes for children with SEND.

The grants are available from the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) and applications can be made until January 14. Official figures show there is a larger attainment gap for pupils with SEND than for any other group. In 2016, 14 per cent of SEND pupils achieved the expected standard in reading, writing and maths at age 11, compared to 53 per cent of their peers. Pupils with SEND are twice as likely to come from disadvantaged homes, too (27 per cent compared to 12 per cent of all other pupils).

This new funding aims to test “promising SEND projects”, and to learn more about the best ways to evaluate the impact of approaches.

The EEF has said it will fund evaluations of a small number of “practical, cost-effective and evidence-informed projects” that aim to improve outcomes for pupils with SEND, and particularly those from socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds.

These might include whole-school programmes designed to create a more inclusive culture or targeted interventions for pupils with particular needs. The EEF is also hoping to fund pilots of interventions working in special schools.


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