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(UK) Norfolk County to spend $161M on 4 special schools

Jan 31, 2022, Norwich Eastern Daily Press: Cutting edge education hub for traumatised children la

Eastern England

A pioneering new education facility designed to support vulnerable children with social and emotional challenges has opened in a suburb of Norwich. Built at Arden Grove Infant and Nursery School in Hellesdon, The Base is a specialist centre for infant school-aged children with social, emotional and mental health (SEMH) needs. Caring for children aged between four and seven, the facility has welcomed its first trio of pupils - although it will have the capacity to teach up to 16.... It is one of four new purpose-built special resource bases (SRBs) funded as part of a £120m [$161M] investment in special educational needs from Norfolk County Council and is being run by the Wensum Trust.

It comes following years of lobbying from staff at the trust, in particular Base lead Anne Oakley, who made it her personal mission to fill a need she identified through her time work supporting SEN children at Arden Grove.... "I've seen such a need for facilities like this over the years and the support we can give just much such a difference. ...


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