Nov 11, 2018, Grantham Gazette: £50m boost for Special schools https://www.granthamjournal.co.uk/news/50m-boost-for-special-schools-9048706/ This week has seen a landmark in the future for special education in Lincolnshire for the benefit of pupils and their parents cross the county. A £50m investment in Lincolnshire’s special schools – plus improved links with mainstream [$65M US dollars] schools – will transform Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) support for local children and young people. I was pleased to be able to vote to support this measure which will bring major improvements at both special schools and mainstream schools over the next five years. What does this mean for Grantham? Sandon and Ambergate schools will be improved and become one school spread over two sites. The school will be able to cater for all special needs and disabilities and school places will increase from 152 to 229. … We need to ensure more children can attend their local school rather than having to travel huge distances for their education. These significant, far-reaching changes will do just that - reducing long travel times for students, enhancing provision and increasing school places. … To recap, Improvements will include: • £50m investment in special schools to ensure they have the right facilities to meet all types of need • A new school in Lincolnshire and expansion of several others • Development of special school satellites on some mainstream sites • Reduced journeys by ensuring all special schools can cater for all types of need and disability so pupils can go to their nearest oneIncreased school places to meet growing demand and stop pupils having to travel outside the county.