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(UK) Bedfordshire: Council gets $2.7M SPED funding

Apr 10, 2021, Cranfield and Marstonvale: Central Bedfordshire Council to receive £1.9m SEND funding

SE England Part of £280m [$384M US] capital funding for children and young people with SEND

Children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) or requiring alternative provision in England will benefit from a £280 million investment, the government announced yesterday (9 April 2021). Councils will receive the funding to create new places in schools, academies, colleges and early years settings. The Government said the funding will improve existing provision to create modern, fit-for-purpose spaces suited to a wider range of pupil needs. This could be by contributing to the cost of creating a whole new special school, or by improving accessibility, such as installing ramps, handrails or ceiling hoists. Central Bedfordshire Council has been allocated £1,940,604 [$2.7M]…. “For pupils with more complex needs or disabilities, it is especially important that the right facilities and support are in place at whatever school they attend, so they can learn in a modern, adaptable environment. “This funding will help councils provide targeted support to level up outcomes for some of their most vulnerable pupils.” The investment follows £365 million [$500M] allocated through the Special Provision Capital Fund to create places and improve facilities for pupils with SEND across 2018 to 2021…. The funding is for the financial year 2021-22, to support the provision of high needs places needed by September 2022. Up to an additional £20 million [$27M] will be used to support High Needs capital projects in a small number of the local authorities facing the highest Dedicated Schools Grant deficits.

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