Part of £280m capital funding for children and young people with SEND
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 Government said the funding will improve existing provision to create modern, fit-for-purpose spaces suited to a wider range of pupil needs.
This could be by contributing to the cost of creating a whole new special school, or by improving accessibility, such as installing ramps, handrails or ceiling hoists.
Central Bedfordshire Council has been allocated £1,940,604.
The Government said the funding is part of its commitment to ensuring pupils with SEND receive the specialist support they need to get an excellent education.
Minister for the School System Baroness Berridge said:
“It is so important that all children and young people, whatever their background, are able to attend a good school that helps them thrive and gives them the building blocks they need to go on to fulfil their potential.
“For pupils with more complex needs or disabilities, it is especially important that the right facilities and support are in place at whatever school they attend, so they can learn in a modern, adaptable environment.
“This funding will help councils provide targeted support to level up outcomes for some of their most vulnerable pupils.”
The investment follows £365 million allocated through the Special Provision Capital Fund to create places and improve facilities for pupils with SEND across 2018 to 2021.
Children and Families Minister Vicky Ford said:
“Every child or young person with SEND should go to school feeling confident that they will get the tailored support they need at school, and every teacher should be equipped with the right facilities to teach those pupils.”
The funding adds to the Government’s programme of work to level up outcomes, including the ongoing SEND Review which is looking at ways to make sure the system is consistent, high-quality and integrated across education, health and care.
The funding is for the financial year 2021-22, to support the provision of high needs places needed by September 2022. Up to an additional £20 million will be used to support High Needs capital projects in a small number of the local authorities facing the highest Dedicated Schools Grant deficits.
A Central Bedfordshire Council spokesperson said:
“Central Bedfordshire Council will receive £1,940,604. This has not yet been allocated.”