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(UK) Kirklees: $50M in "exciting new plans" for more SPED places

July 19, 2022, Kirklees Together: Exciting new plans for children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities

Central England

Exciting new plans for children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) are to be discussed by the members of Kirklees Cabinet.

The proposals are based on investing in local education and increasing the amount of SEND support in the district’s mainstream schools.

Many pupils with additional learning needs can make better, more sustained progress when they attend a mainstream setting, so the council is looking to provide targeted and specialist support for those who need it.

Proposals include new ‘Additionally Resourced Provisions’ at a range of existing schools across Kirklees. They would be for children and young people with: Complex Communication and Interaction Needs; Social, Emotional and Mental Health Needs; and Cognition and Learning Needs….

After the consultation has ended, Cabinet members will decide whether to move ahead to the next stage. This would see the publication of legal notices and another chance for people to have their say.

It has also been confirmed that the council is receiving a further £8.2million [$9.8M] in government funding to support its work in transforming SEND services for children and young people. This builds on the £33.5million [$40M] secured earlier in 2022.

Cllr Carole Pattison, Cabinet member for Learning, Aspiration and Communities, said: “The way we are transforming SEND services will improve the lives of children, young people and families across Kirklees….

“We have already agreed an investment of around £36million to create superb new special school facilities for the district. These latest proposals show we are committed to expanding other specialist provision, in line with the growing need, so that more young people can access the place that’s right for them.”…


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