(UK) Rugby: Primary school expands for "social, emotional, mental health difficulties" needs

Sept 11, 2020, Rugby Advertiser: New unit at Paddox Primary School to provide space to teach up to ten children with special educational needs
Up to ten children with social, emotional and mental health difficulties are to be taught at a new unit based at a Rugby school Midlands Planning permission for the stand-alone facility at Paddox Primary School had already been secured and final approval for the specialist provision was given at this week’s September 10 cabinet meeting of Warwickshire County Council. The unit will focus on educating children in reception, Year 1 and Year 2 with the intention to help them gradually increase their time in mainstream lessons until they can attend with lower levels of support…. Cllr Colin Hayfield (Con, Coleshill South and Arley), the council’s portfolio holder for education and learning, explained: “It will provide a space for around ten children, there may be more later. This will be the eighth provision of this type and it is part of a strategic program of how we can develop more of these in the future.”… Cllr Peter Butlin (Con, Admirals and Cawston) said: “This gives a more localised approach towards SEND provision and if you can get more localised then you are not transporting children all across the county - or sometimes outside of the county - and that can only be better for the children in the long run. It is also better on our finances when it comes to transport.” Of the seven similar units attached to mainstream schools, two are in North Warwickshire, two are in Nuneaton & Bedworth and there is one in Rugby, Warwick and Stratford.