Decision details

SEND Sufficiency Strategy Implementation - Provision of Special School Places and Special Educational Needs Units at Mainstream Schools

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No


This report provides an update and review on the implementation of the SEND Sufficiency Strategy, and outlines proposals to increase the availability of special needs provision throughout the county, through the expansion of special school places and through the further development of Special Educational Needs Units at mainstream schools.


Final approval is also being sought on the proposal to create additional special school places on the Applebee Wood Specialist School site in Lostock Hall. This proposal forms part of the implementation of the Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Sufficiency Strategy 2019–2024, agreed by Cabinet in October 2020. 


In addition, final approval is being sought on the proposal to remove the boarding provision at Bleasdale School, Silverdale.


The Cabinet approved the recommendation(s) as set out in the report.

Corporate Priorities : Caring for the vulnerable;

Divisions Affected: (All Divisions);

Contact: Janette Hastings Email:

Date of decision: 07/09/2023

Effective from: 13/09/2023