SEND Sufficiency Strategy consultation  

 

Lancashire County Council is holding a public consultation on how it plans to provide enough school places for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) in Lancashire over the next five years using the SEND Sufficiency Strategy 2019-2024.

The county council wants children and young people with SEND to achieve their full potential in education, learning and future employment.

The Children and Families Act 2014 requires that children and young people with SEND wherever possible should be taught in a mainstream school, within their local community.

         

 

What are we planning to do?

- Set up special educational needs (SEN) units within mainstream schools, which will mean that children and young people with SEN can be taught in the unit for some of the time each week and attend mainstream lessons at other times.

- Open up the top floor of Sir Tom Finney Community High School, in Preston, to provide 100 new secondary places for children with a wide range of SEND needs.

- Move Broadfield Specialist School to the former Hameldon Community College site to provide better specialist teaching spaces and to make 60 new secondary places for children with a wide range of SEND needs.

- Open the former Haven Short Stay School site in Thornton Cleveleys, to provide 48 places for children with social, emotional and mental health needs.


- Create more places for children and young people with social, emotional and mental health needs in other schools across Lancashire.

 

Why are we doing this?

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To reduce the demand for places at special schools and independent schools.

- To make sure there are enough special school places for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities in Lancashire.

- To make sure there are different types of schools for children and young people with special educational needs.

The detailed draft SEND Sufficiency Strategy 2019–2024 can be seen
here and the information and statistics used to develop the proposed strategy here.

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