CHILDREN with special educational needs at Henley CE Primary School will benefit from a new unit funded by county chiefs.
Warwickshire County Council’s (WCC) Cabinet has approved a sum of over £570,000 to create a specialist provision for pupils with communication and interaction needs and social, emotional and mental health difficulties.
The proposed provision will accommodate up to 14 primary pupils with Education Health Care Plans.
Plans include a stand-alone single-storey unit with two teaching areas, a group room, three rooms for therapeutic use, a social area and an area for play.
This would replace a temporary classroom.
It allows the children to be based at a mainstream setting where they would receive bespoke education, with plans to introduce them into the wider school over time with reduced support where possible.
The scheme will be met by government money, added to the county council’s Education Capital Fund.
Specialist provision is an integral part of the county council’s local offer for young people with special educational needs and disabilities (Send). By providing this on the site of a mainstream setting, it offers advantages for children with Send and frees up spaces at other specialist provision settings in Warwickshire.
WCC education spokesman Colin Hayfield said: “This will be a really significant step in the Send and Inclusion Change Programme. It will enable young people to access their education in a mainstream local setting which is a better outcome for them and something that they and their families have identified that they wanted.
“For us, this is a win-win approach as we can make a bespoke education offer to the young people and give access to the mainstream setting which is our ambition.
“Increasing use of mainstream settings wherever possible will help us to make our resources go further and mean that we can limit the amount of young people in specialist settings or out of county settings.
“This does reduce costs, and that is brilliant, but more importantly it is the way forward in offering an improved education offer in a local setting that will bring the best outcome for the young people in question.”