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Top-up High Needs Funding (HNF) and Local High Needs Funding (LHNF) in Mainstream Schools

The SEND Funding in Mainstream Schools Banding Tool is now available.  This sets out Hertfordshire’s approach to funding the special educational provision expected for children and young people in a mainstream school or early years setting. There is a guide in the tool that will explain how the different sections and tabs (worksheets) within the Excel tool operate and what information is required to ensure it works as expected.

Schools and settings are asked to familiarise themselves with the tool and the descriptors within it so that decisions can be made about the kind of support a child or young person may require to meet their needs. The descriptors in the tool can also be downloaded to form a simple booklet that will act as a quick reference guide.

The Tool will be used from 1st September 2020 to identify the provision for CYP in a variety of circumstances:

  • CYP whose needs can be met from a school’s own resources (Bands 0 and 1)
  • CYP who are going through an Education, Health and Care Needs Assessment (EHCNA)
  • Schools and settings making an application to the LHNF panels


Banding Tool and Descriptors

Annual Reviews Funding Process
Guidance for Early Review of Funding


Local High Needs Funding (LHNF)

Local High Needs Funding (LHNF) Application Form
Guidance for Completing Local High Needs Application Form
Local High Needs Funding Terms of Reference


Frequently Asked Questions

If you have any queries relating to HNF funding or banding, please email these to


SEND Funding in Mainstream Schools Training

Recording of the training session held on 2 October 2020
Presentation Slides – 2 October 2020
Recording of the Training Session Held on 16 July 2020
Presentation Slides - 16 July 2020