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(UK) E. Lancashire: Local schools hope to increase SPED places to 120

Jan 13, 2023, Lancashire Telegraph: Two East Lancs schools could see new SEND provisions

NW England

A primary school and high school in East Lancashire could benefit from new special educational needs and disabilities provisions.

On Thursday, January 19, Lancashire County Council's cabinet will be asked to approve a series of recommendations as part of a wider ongoing strategy to boost SEND provision across the county.

Cabinet will be asked to give the go ahead for feasibility studies to begin and for an informal consultation process to establish SEND units at various mainstream schools across the county including Park Primary School in Colne and Mount Carmel Roman Catholic High School in Accrington….

Councillors will also be asked to consider the results of the informal consultation to expand and increase the number of school places at Kingsbury Primary School, a co-educational special school in Skelmersdale.

The proposal is to expand the school by creating 30 additional places through the addition of modular buildings on the school site, increasing the number of places to 120.

Cabinet will also be asked to approve the establishment of a co-educational primary free school for children with social emotional and mental health difficulties in the former Firbank Children's Centre, which is on the same site as Castle View Primary School in Lancaster…

"Where possible, children should be educated within their local community in mainstream settings, which is why we are looking to establish SEN units at several mainstream schools….


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