Schools and SEND Budget 2019 - 2020


South Gloucestershire is made up of 95 Primary Schools, 18 Secondary Schools and 8 Special Schools and Pupil Referral Units. There are approximately 39,141 pupils who are educated in one of these educational settings in South Gloucestershire.

South Gloucestershire Council receives funding from central government to meet its responsibilities for education. However, to meet current demands we have been spending more than the funding available to us. It is forecast that if we continue spending as we have been, a deficit of £12 million for schools will have accumulated by the end of 2018/19. It is not sustainable to continue spending more than we receive in future years, so we are considering different changes we could make to the way the schools budget is funded and spent.

A very important area of our education spend is on supporting children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND). Our spending in this area has been increasing significantly, whilst the funding allocated to us has remained static. Within South Gloucestershire there are approximately 6,600 children and young people between the ages of 0-25 years with SEND. There are currently around 1,750 children and young people who have significant and complex special educational needs and/or disabilities who are in receipt of an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP). 

Pupils with SEND i.e. pupils with an EHCP or in receipt of SEND support, will always receive funding via the Local Authority regardless of whether they attend a Local Authority maintained school or an Academy.


The Council has come up with three proposed options for reducing the gap in spending on schools, and is seeking views on which is the preferred option for local residents, pupils, parents and carers, professionals and organisations.


The consultation is open from 1st October 2018 and closes at midnight on 25th November 2018


How to Find Out More and Have Your Say

  • Read the summary consultation document to get a quick idea about the consultation
  • Read the full consultation document to see more detail about the schools and SEND budget options
  • Read the Explanatory Appendix to see other changes we are making or planning to make in order to tackle longer term funding pressures
  • Read the Initial Equalities Impact Assessment to see how the proposed options would affect protected characteristic groups
  • Complete our online survey
  • Download and print a paper copy of the survey, or ask for a copy at your local library or One Stop Shop
  • Email:
  • Telephone: 01454 868154
  •  A copy of the SEND Strategy is available by clicking here and a copy of the EqIAA accompanying the Strategy is available by clicking here. This Strategy sets out the vision, priorities and activities to be implemented from 2018 - 2023 for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities from 0-25 years of age
  • Come to one of our events to hear about the proposed options and tell us your views on them:
    • Parents and carers of children / young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities will be invited to events through the Parent Carers Forum, or alternatively can see the events and sign up by clicking here
    • Parents and carers of pupils and members of the public can sign up to attend one of the following events:
      • YATE: 15th October 18.00 - 19.30,  Yate Outdoor Sports Complex, Broad Lane, Yate, BS37 7LB - click here to book
      • FILTON: 8th November 10.30 - 12:00 BAWA, Southmead Road, Bristol, BS34 7RG - click here to book
      • MANGOTSFIELD: 19th November 18:00 - 19:30 Cleve rugby club, The Hayfields, Cossham Street, Mangotsfield, Bristol, BS16 9EN - Click here to book





  • Opened
    1 Oct 2018 at 17:00
  • Closes
    25 Nov 2018 at 23:59
  • Response Published



Consultation Topic Children and young people, Education and early years, Social services and social care, Spending and budget
Geographical area
Marking a consultation as relevant to a particular audience indicates that it may be of special relevance to people within that group. It doesn't, however, mean that other groups wont find the consultation of interest - we welcome responses from everybody.
For example, education issues may be of particular interest to Parents & Guardians, and so will be shown to people searching the system for parenting issues, but the views of others (eg: Business, Faith Groups) are also relevant.
Target Audience Carers, Children, Parent, carers and guardians, People with disabilities, Young people
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