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(UK) Portsmouth: 24 place SPED center to replace 9 student unit

Dec 9, 2022, Portsmouth News: Portsdown Primary School will see inclusion centre for children with special needs closed THE long-planned closure of a primary school's inclusion centre for children with special educational needs and disabilities (Send) is set to be given the final go-ahead next week.

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Portsmouth City Council's cabinet member for education Suzy Horton will be asked to sign off the closure of the nine-pupil unit at Portsdown Primary School ahead of its replacement by the 24-place Arundel Court Primary Academy centre from September.

'When it comes to special needs support, we are always reviewing and looking for the best possible way to provide that,' she told the Local Democracy Reporting Service ahead of her decision meeting on Thursday (December 15)…..

The decision to close the centre was made following the publication of the Portsmouth Strategic SEND Review Phase 2 in November 2020 which said inclusion centres needed to be 'of a sustainable and viable size with aminimum of three classes'.

The review said larger units were more financially beneficial, were easier to recruit staff to and were more educationally beneficial to children.

'There is no scope to develop the Portsdown Primary school site to increase the number of places in the inclusion centre to ensure that the provision continues to be viable and to provide the flexibility required to better support the needs of pupils,' a report by Sarah Daly, the council's director of education says….


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