Cash boost for spe­cial needs ed­u­ca­tion

Macclesfield Express - - SCHOOLS NEWS -

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

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