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Meetings offer chance to find out more about SEND consultation

Chance to discuss plans to increase provision for children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND)

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Meetings are being held across the county about plans to develop new provision for children and young people with special education needs and disabilities (SEND).

Anyone is welcome to attend the drop-in events which are being held by Leicestershire County Council.

The authority plans to invest up to £30m and has launched a three-month consultation on the plans.

Booking isn’t necessary to attend the meetings and people are welcome to drop-in to the sessions at any point. They will take place on:

Tuesday, 26 February: 6-8pm at Birkett House School, Station Road, Wigston, LE18 2DT

Wednesday, 27 February: 1-3pm at Birch Wood School, Grange Drive, Melton, LE13 1HA

Tuesday, 5 March: 6-8pm at Ashmount School, Thorpe Hill, Loughborough, LE11 4SQ

Wednesday, 6 March, 1-3pm, Forest Way School, Warren Hills Road, Coalville, LE67 4UU

Wednesday, 6 March, 6-8pm, Dorothy Goodman School, New Upper Building, Barwell Lane, Hinckley, LE10 1SS

 

These and exciting, ambitious plans which we believe are very much needed.

“These meetings provide a great opportunity to find out more about our plans, speak to our officers and take part in our consultation.

 

The proposals include:

-        Expanding the council’s existing special schools
-        Creating up to 15 new SEND ‘units’, or ‘enhanced resource bases’ in mainstream schools
-        Building three new special schools: two for social, emotional and mental health needs (SEMH) and one for communication and interaction needs (this includes autistic spectrum disorder – ASD) 
-        Creating more places in our existing enhanced resource bases 

Enhanced resource bases are small units with specialist staff where children can benefit from smaller teaching groups and extra help, whilst still having access to the mainstream school for certain activities. 

The consultation is asking for views on how the new provision should look and feel. In the spring more information will be available on the type and proposed location of the provisions. 

The council’s ruling cabinet will consider the responses to the consultation when it meets in the summer.

-        The deadline for responses is midnight on Sunday, March 31. You can apply online, call 0116 305 7150 or send us an email to request a hard copy of the consultation document and questionnaire.

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