I am writing to clarify the process when Looked After Children (LAC) with Special Educational Needs (SEN) are placed by other local authorities in Northumberland schools.
I understand that historically, individual Northumberland schools have been contacting other local authorities directly in order to arrange payment for LAC with SEN who are attending Northumberland schools but are funded by their home or placing local authority.
Following recent statutory guidance, future recoupment will be made on a LA to LA basis.
Therefore from this financial year (April 2017 to March 2018) Northumberland will recoup the funding on your behalf from the other local authorities.
In order to ensure the accuracy of this, I would appreciate if you could email the names of those pupils who you have recorded as LAC with SEN and for whom recoupment is due from other LAs to Jacqui.Pearson@northumberland.gov.uk.
This process will be done termly and the funds paid to your budget along with your other termly SEN Top Up payments. To assist with this can you also ensure that SIMS is kept up to date in relation to your pupils LAC & SEN records, including primary need code where appropriate.