Element 3 top-up funding for SEND

Element 3 top-up funding is available to schools to support with the delivery of an EHCP. It is paid by the local authority and must reflect the costs of the additional support needed to meet the individual pupil or student's provision set out in their EHCP.

The funding is:

Before any funding is awarded, we need to see evidence of what you have already spent, or intended to spend, from your notional funding.

When to apply for element 3 funding

You should apply for funding:

Do not submit an E3 request:

How to apply

The easiest way to apply is online.

Any paper forms submitted after 1 May 2021 will not be accepted.

  1. Complete the application form. If you create an account, you will be able to log in to keep track of all of your requests and won't need to compete all of your personal details on each form.
  2. When you submit your request, you will receive an email notification with a PDF copy of your form submission for your records.
  3. The form will be reviewed by your linked EHCP Officer. We will do our best to look at this request within 10 working days.
  4. Your EHCP Officer will make a recommendation on the funding amount to be agreed to a Senior Inclusion Manager. The manager will make the final decision on the amount to be paid.
  5. Once funding has been authorised, an email notification will be sent to you.

About the funding

Help and support

For support with the annual review process and understanding the provision set out in the EHCP, please speak with your linked EHCP Officer.

For help with provision mapping or understanding how to implement strategies, speak to your linked educational psychologist.

For queries around funding schedules please email the School Finance team.