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(UK) Hertfordshire: Specialist support for 9 primary schools proposed; severe speech/autism

May 24, 2022, SEND support in schools set to be increased by Hertfordshire County Council

Near London

Hertfordshire County Council has reinforced its commitment to ensuring that pupils with SEND receive the specialist support they need to get an excellent education. On Monday May 23, 2022, Members of Cabinet agreed plans to consult on proposals to create nine primary specialist resource provisions (SRPs) for children and young people with social communication difficulties, including autism, in addition to children with severe speech disorders and developmental language disorder, spread around the county.

Councillors heard that many children and young people with developmental language disorder and severe speech motor disorders are currently provided for by a pattern of Speech, Language and Communication Needs (SLCN) bases attached to mainstream schools.

But with many now having a broader and more complex level of need, including autism and social communication difficulties, creating SRPs at mainstream schools will allow these pupils to access a mainstream curriculum, balanced with a safe space to be in, where work can be done to support their self-regulation and emotional wellbeing….

If approved, six SRPs are expected to open from September 2023 and a further two in 2024, with a ninth site still to be identified. Giles Infants School in Stevenage will retain its SCLN base until a suitable site is found.


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