CBC To Consult With Public Over SEND Provision

  • Central Bedfordshire Council’s Executive approved the launch of public consultation about changes to Central Bedfordshire’s four special schools and additional places for Special Education Needs and Disabilities (SEND) within mainstream schools.

The consultation with residents begins on 3 February 2021 and there are proposals to increase places for special needs schools by 250. That includes The Chiltern School, Ivel Valley School, Oak Bank School and Weatherfield Academy. These schools would also relocate or expand between 2023 and 2026.

There would be a further 92 places between 2023 and 2025, with a greater geographical distribution across Central Bedfordshire.

This would be in line with future need in Dunstable and Houghton Regis; Harlington; Sandy; Shefford and Stotfold; Biggleswade; and Leighton-Linslade.

In mainstream schools, the aim is to also include multi-use/nurture spaces, where there is space to do so.

Central Bedfordshire Council’s executive member for Families, Education and Children, Cllr Sue Clark, said, “As part of the Schools for the Future programme we have been working on these important proposals in collaboration with headteachers from special schools and the 14 mainstream schools with Additional Resource Provision.

“Wherever possible, we support children and young people with special educational needs or disabilities in their mainstream schools, near to where they live. For children and young people with more complex needs, we want to ensure sufficient special school places will be provided that best meet their needs.

“I would urge anyone with an interest to have their say when the consultation begins on February 3, 2021.”

Further information, including how to have your say will be available on the Schools for the Future website www.schoolsforthefuture.co.uk from February 3, when the consultation launches.