The Government has committed additional funding to help local authorities with Special Education Needs and Disabilities (SEND). Our plan sets out how we'll invest it.
Local authorities have to make sure there are sufficient good school places for all pupils, including those with SEN and disabilities.
The Government has committed additional capital funding to help local authorities create new school places and improve existing facilities for children and young people with SEN and disabilities, in consultation with parents and providers. This funding can be invested in mainstream schools and academies, special units, special schools and academies, early years settings, further education colleges or to make other provision for children and young people aged from 0 to 25.
Local authorities have to plan how to invest their allocation. In Nottingham City we will receive £1,258,974 paid in 3 tranches between April 2018 to end March 2021. In undertaking this planning, we have consulted with parents and carers, schools, FE colleges and other institutions which offer special educational provision so we invest the funding as strategically as possible.
In addition, we have to publish a short plan on the Local Offer page that sets out how we will invest the funding.
Consultation with parents and carers, schools and other key professionals in Nottingham City has confirmed that we do not have enough locally based specialist provision, particularly for children and young people with Autism and Moderate Learning Difficulties. In addition, there are insufficient places for young people with Social, Emotional and Mental Health needs (this has been addressed through previous strategic planning and capital funding and additional places will be available for this cohort from September 2018.
From 2018-2021 therefore, our priority is to use this additional funding to develop local secondary, enhanced resource based provision for pupils with ASD and MLD and increase the number of specialist placements for young people with ASD and complex communication difficulties.