Decision details

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

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Purpose:

This report provides an update 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.

 

Approval is being sought for a feasibility study to be undertaken to create a Special Educational Needs unit at Brunshaw Primary School in Burnley.

 

Approval is being sought to confirm the budget spend to undertake a full feasibility study needed to determine the cost of buildings works required to the co-located White Ash Special School/Hargreaves House site in Oswaldtwistle, to increase the number of special school places.

 

Approval is being sought for a full feasibility study to be undertaken, and to confirm the budget spend for the feasibility study needed to determine the cost of building works required to enable the former Hendon Brook School site in Nelson to be repurposed, to increase the number of special school places.

 

Finally, approval is being sought for a full feasibility study to be undertaken, and to confirm the budget spend for the feasibility study needed to determine the cost of building works required to enable the former Hope High School site in Skelmersdale to be repurposed. Again, it is anticipated that this site could be used to increase the number of special school places in that area. 

 

This is deemed to be a Key Decision and the requirements of Standing Order C19 have been complied with.

Decision:

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

Reason Key: Significant effect in 2 or more electoral divisions;

Corporate Priorities : Caring for the vulnerable;

Divisions Affected: (All Divisions);

Contact: Janette Hastings Email: janette.hastings@lancashire.gov.uk.

Date of decision: 08/02/2024

Effective from: 14/02/2024