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(UK) Hampshire: $736K for places for kids with autism, etc.

Mar 20, 2023, Portsmouth News: Schools in Fareham and Waterlooville to expand special needs provision with £600,000 of Hampshire County Council funding

S. England

Two schools in The News’s region are set to get more support for children with special needs thanks to new proposals from Hampshire County Council.

A total of £600,000 [$736K] would be allocated to create places, extensions and internal works in schools where children with autism, loss of hearing or speech needs are already placed….

Currently, ARP places are offered to children with a range of needs where an assessment can give accurate information on a child’s need and SEN provision required. The proposal intends to provide those places to pupils with Autistic Spectrum Conditions (ASP).

The second proposal is to increase existing specialist provision for pupils with speech, language and communication needs by two places, from 14 to 16 pupils.

The works will have a value of £230,000 [$282K] and allow the school to refurbish and configure an underutilised area to create a sensory room and therapy space. Works could start in summer.

Relocating the ARP for pupils with hearing loss from Wallisdean Junior School to St Jude’s Catholic Primary School, both in Fareham, will allow the school to reconfigure and refurbish an existing underutilised space to create a teaching base together with acoustic works in other key areas of the school....

The proposed cost of the works is £270,000 [$331K] and will take place in the summer of 2023.

The feedback from the consultations on the proposals will be considered by Hampshire County Council at a future date.

A total of £940,000 [$1.2M] of children’s services capital funding was also approved by the county council for the Guillemont Junior School in Farnborough, to add eight places for children with autism. The proposal will allow the construction of a new classroom, sensory room, group room and secure outdoor space.

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