Local High Needs Funding (LHNF)

Local High Needs Funding (LHNF)

The Local High Needs Funding system has replaced ENF top-up funding.  It is designed to support children and young people (CYP) with emerging high needs or who have needs that fall outside the EHCP process.  It is managed locally within the nine DSPL areas, although funding is paid out centrally into school budgets.


Schools and EY settings can apply for CYP who:

  • do not have an EHCP but are exhibiting needs at Band 3 or above
  • are entering the education system with significant needs from the outset, and cannot access the setting without a high level of support.
  • have experienced a life-changing event that has significantly impacted access to education
  • would benefit from short-term funding to mitigate challenging educational circumstances
  • have moved from another local authority with an EHCP, with needs at Band 3 or above, and for whom funding is needed until the annual review takes place


Each DSPL area holds monthly panels, which are made up of local EY, Primary and Secondary SENCos and ISL reps.  Applications should be sent through SchoolsFx to the designated LHNF panel email address – dspl7lhnfpanel@dspl7.org.uk  These need to be submitted 2 weeks prior to the date of the panel.  Late applications are carried forward to the next panel.


Panel dates for 2021-22 are:



Applications Close:


Panel Date:

Friday 10th September 2021

Wednesday 22nd September 2021

Thursday 7th October

Thursday 21st October

Tuesday 9th November

Tuesday 23rd November

Wednesday 12th January 2022

Wednesday 26th January 2022

Wednesday 9th February

Wednesday 23rd February

Thursday 10th March

Thursday 24th March

Wednesday 4th May

Wednesday 18th May

Friday 27th May

Tuesday 14th June


Tuesday 21st June


Tuesday 5th July


Contact the DSPL7 manager if further information is required.


If you are a SENCo that is interested in attending a panel, please complete your availability on the following LHNF availability form (2020/21) and return it to admin@dspl7.org.uk.