Cash boost for special needs education
CHESHIRE East is to get nearly £594,000 to help ensure more children with special educational needs can stay in mainstream schools.
The cash, which works out at £198,000 a year over three years, is the borough’s share of a £215m pot to boost special needs education.
Council leader Rachel Bailey said the funding will help the council provide more specialist placements so children can stay in mainstream schools. She said: “This capital funding will be used to support the implementation of the council’s plans to increase local suitable placements for children with special educational needs and disabilities.
“We will continue to work closely with early-years settings, maintained schools, academies, free schools and others to agree how special education needs can best be met and how maintained schools can be as inclusive as possible.”
Coun Liz Durham, cabinet member for children and families, said: “The council is committed to providing a good range of services to meet local needs and we are continually reviewing and working to improve the local offer of provision. We are fully engaged with parents and carers of children with ‘Send’ and they routinely work with us on all aspects of Send developments. Working closely with and consulting parents and carers and all providers of services, we are confident we can provide the highest quality of provision going forward and that our children and young people can achieve their highest potential.”
Rachel Bailey, leader of Cheshire East Council