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News - July/August 2018

Special needs schools to get an extra £50million

Special needs schools to get an extra £50million

Councils are set to benefit from a £50million funding boost to create additional school places and state-of-the-art facilities for children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), giving families more choice and helping to meet increasing demand.

The additional investment in school places for children with additional needs builds on the £215million fund announced last year to ensure children with SEND had access to a good school place. The new funds boost could help create around 740 more special school places and provide new specialist facilities to support children with complex needs, such as sensory rooms and playgrounds with specialist equipment.

Children and Families Minister Nadhim Zahawi said: “Our announcement aims to remove some of the barriers to a good education for children with additional needs and make sure Britain is a country that truly works for everyone. The funding brings the total investment in new school places for children with additional needs to £265million, following the announcement of a £215million fund last year.”

Over half the councils in England will receive more than £225,000 to increase places or improve schools for children with SEND, and every council will receive at least £115,000.

The Government has also published new school places scorecards which show 91 per cent of all primary and secondary school places created in 2016/17 were in Ofsted rated, “good” or “outstanding” schools.

A National Network of Parent Carer Forums (NNPCF) spokesperson, said: “The NNPCF are pleased to see the announcement from the Department form Education regarding an increase in the capital spending to increase places or improve facilities in schools for children and young people with SEND.

“Specialist provision continues to be under great pressure across the country and it is vital this money makes the greatest impact. We are pleased to note that local authorities will need to work with parent and carers to determine how it is most effectively spent.”

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