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Local High Needs Funding (LHNF)


The purpose of LHNF is to support children and young people (CYP) with emerging high needs or for CYP who have needs that fall outside the EHCP process with short-term support.

If you are a Primary, Secondary or Early Years SENCo and you are interested in attending LHNF panels this year, please let us know:



Schools - please send all completed application forms to via schoolsfx or email (password protected).  Panel dates and submission dates can be found below.

DSPL2 Local High Needs Funding (LHNF) Panel Dates 2024-25

(all on Mondays)

Date of Panel Time Closing date for applications
16 September 2024 9.30am-12.30pm 2 September 2024
14 October 2024 9.30am-12.30pm 30 September 2024
18 November 2024 9.30am-12.30pm 4 November 2024
20 January 2025 9.30am-12.30pm 6 January 2025
10 February 2025 9.30am-12.30pm 27 January 2025
10 March 2025 9.30am-12.30pm 24 February 2025
19 May 2025 9.30am-12.30pm 6 May 2025
16 June 2025 9.30am-12.30pm 2 June 2025
7 July 2025 9.30am-12.30pm 23 June 2025

Please send all DSPL2 LHNF applications to via Schoolsfx or email (using a password)

**We are always looking for SENCo's (Early Years, Primary and Secondary settings) to be involved in the upcoming panels**

Please contact if you would like to register your interest in sitting on any of the panels listed above.


LHNF Process for Assessing Applications - Decision Tree






Hertfordshire's Descriptors of Need