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(UK) Lancashire: social/emotional needs school; more SPED places in local school

Jan 12, 2023, Beyond Radio: Council to consider latest proposals aimed at improving SEND provision in Lancashire

NW England

Plans to establish a new school catering for children with mental health difficulties in the former Firbank Children's Centre are set to be approved.

Next week (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 provision across the county.

Among these, is 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.

An informal consultation was undertaken late last year, with most responses supportive of the proposals….

"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.

"We also recognise that specialist provision is lacking in some parts of the county and that is why we are taking steps to create a free special school in the North of the county."

In addition, cabinet will be asked to approve the initiation of feasibility studies and the informal consultation process to establish Special Educational Needs (SEN) units at various mainstream schools across the county.


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