Formal consultation on a proposal to develop a special educational needs unit within Morecambe Bay Community Primary School
This is the statutory proposal to make a prescribed alteration to a school in accordance with the School Organisation (Prescribed Alterations to Maintained Schools) (England) Regulations 2013.
We are seeking your views about a proposal to create a special educational needs (SEN) unit at Morecambe Bay Community Primary School. We want to assure you that we will give careful consideration to all your comments and opinions.
We have used the feedback that was given during the informal consultation, carried out between March and April, to develop our plans about the unit at Morecambe Bay Community Primary School. This formal consultation is a legal requirement that we need to do in order to make a change like this to the school.
What are we planning to do?
The proposal is to create an SEN unit for between eight and sixteen children with social communication and interaction needs in Morecambe Bay Community Primary School.
All of these children will have education, health and care plans. Some of these children will transfer from another school to Morecambe Bay Community Primary School so that they can attend the SEN unit.
Children attending the SEN unit will be taught in the unit for some of the time and at other times they will be taught with other children in existing classes.
All children already on roll at Morecambe Bay Community Primary School will still be able to attend the school and this change should not affect current admission criteria.
Why are we doing this?
- Special schools in Lancashire are largely full. In 2019 over 350 pupils with special educational needs attended private or independent schools. These school places usually cost more than places in Lancashire schools.
- To make sure that children in Lancashire have the same chance to attend an SEN unit as they do in other parts of the country. There are 300 fewer SEN unit places in Lancashire compared with other local authorities in England if they were the same size.
- To give families more choice about the type of school they would like their child to attend.
- To make sure there is specialist support and enough special school places for all children with special educational needs.
- Because there is evidence to show the specialist knowledge of staff working with children in an SEN unit leads to better quality of teaching for all pupils throughout the school.
- To meet need for SEN units in the Morecambe area.
How will we do this?
- By making sure the needs of every child in the school are met, whether or not they have special educational needs.
- By providing funding for any adaptations to the school building through the basic needs grant provided by the local authority.
- The school will receive additional funding from the high needs block to provide support for all pupils attending the unit, in line with the funding for places at specialist schools. This means the school should not be financially disadvantaged by the creation of the unit.