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Staffordshire Council to use data tool for SEND funding

15/04/21

Mark Say Managing Editor

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Staffordshire County Council is planning to use a software tool for accurately funding children and young people with an education and healthcare plan (EHCP) for special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).

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It began data collection for the Formulate tool – developed by health and care software company Imosphere – in February. The exercise is due to run until May, with modelling and configuration to take place from June to December, the build taking place in November and December and a go live planned for February 2022.

It captures each child’s needs in a consistent and evidence based manner to ensure they are awarded exactly the right amount of funds to which they are entitled.

Isabel Howarth, solutions consultant at Imosphere, said: “We believe that by making data easier to capture and analyse, better decisions can be made to improve outcomes and lives. By using our unique platform, the education banding tool provides a fair, equitable and consistent funding mechanism for allocating top up funding.”

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