Parents Asked To Give Feedback On Special Education Strategy

Parents and children are being asked for their feedback on a new strategy to improve services for special education.

The County Council wants feedback on school provision for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).

The SEND consultation, which launches today (Monday 6 July), is a chance for people to share their views about support provided in both mainstream and special schools.

Proposals for specialised services outside mainstream school provision include:

• Providing 100 new places for children with SEND at Sir Tom Finney Community High School, Preston on the top floor.
• Opening the Haven site in Thornton Cleveleys, as a new facility offering more places for children who need social, emotional or mental health support.
• Moving Broadfield Specialist School in Oswaldtwistle to the former Hameldon Community College site in Burnley to provide better specialist teaching spaces and 60 new secondary places for children with a wide range of SEND needs.

County Councillor Phillippa Williamson, cabinet member for children, young people and schools, said:

“It’s absolutely vital we have the best possible provision in place to support children and young people to achieve their full potential in education, learning and future employment.

“We’ve put together a proposed strategy to ensure the best possible support is provided over the next five years.

“The Children and Families Act 2014 sets out that children and young people with SEND should be taught in mainstream schools and colleges within their community where possible.

“This is why we’ve set out details of how we will improve provision at mainstream schools.

“However, we recognise that special school provision is also crucial so we’ve put forward plans to improve three services across the county.

“We’ve proposed a strategy that will provide the best learning opportunities and match children and young people’s talents, ambitions and support them to make a positive transition to adulthood.

“However, we want to hear your thoughts and ideas and will consider all the views from this consultation before producing a report for the SEND Partnership Board and putting together the final strategy.”

For more information about the consultation, visit

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