Category: Education

Central Bedfordshire Council relaunches SEND consultation

Central Bedfordshire Council has relaunched its consultation on proposed changes to special schools and additional resource provisions within mainstream schools, to support children and young people identified with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).

This is part of Schools for the Future programme, CBC’s long-term plan to “raise education standards”.

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Central Bedfordshire Council to receive £1.9m SEND funding

Children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) or requiring alternative provision in England will benefit from a £280 million investment, the government announced yesterday (9 April 2021).

Councils will receive the funding to create new places in schools, academies, colleges and early years settings.

The funding will improve existing provision to create modern, fit-for-purpose spaces suited to a wider range of pupil needs.

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Two weeks left to have your say on Central Bedfordshire Council’s home to school transport policies

There are two weeks left for parents and carers to give their views on proposed changes to Central Bedfordshire Council’s (CBC) home to school and college travel assistance policies.

In certain circumstances, CBC helps school pupils aged 5-16, and students attending post-16 education, get from home to school or college.

The Council is proposing changes to the policies that outline who is eligible for this support after parents, carers and professionals gave feedback on the existing policies during engagement sessions to review them.

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Cranfield soil data helps save great crested newts

Experts from Cranfield University are helping to protect one of the UK’s rarest species of wildlife, by providing data that allows environmentalists to identify habitats in which it can thrive.

Due to a rapid decline in numbers during the last century, great crested newts are protected in law. This means developers wanting to build on land where they have made a home must wait until they have been relocated elsewhere before beginning work.

Previously, the relocation process was ad-hoc, and subject to seasonal restrictions, delays and uncertainty.

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£130,000 review of children’s care plans exposes scale of Central Bedfordshire Council’s SEND problems

A £130,000 audit of children’s care plans across Central Bedfordshire revealed more than half “require improvement”, while 80 were judged “inadequate”.
A review of education health and care plans was commissioned by Central Bedfordshire Council as part of its improvement programme, after a critical Ofsted and Care Quality Commission report in November 2019.

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