Investment in special educational needs

A TOTAL of £265k is set to be spent creating additional places and better facilities for pupils with special educational needs in Liverpool.

The funding is coming from a special £1.9 million grant to Liverpool from the Government to be spent over the next three years improving provision for youngsters with Education, Care and Health Plans (ECHP).

A report to the Cabinet on Friday 14 September is recommending:

  • Clifford Holroyd Special School in Knotty Ash to create 10 new places to take pupils from the recently closed Clarence High School run by Nugent Care
  • Millstead Special School in Everton and Princes Special Schools in Toxteth each to create 10 additional places (20 in total) for pupils with severe learning difficulties
  • Creating a bespoke area for children with severe learning difficulties at All Saints RC Primary School in Anfield as part of wider scheme in the early years department funded by the Catholic Archdiocese
  • Installing a lift at Smithdown Community Primary School in Wavertree as part of a larger scheme to enable it to support children with special educational needs

Councillor Barbara Murray, Cabinet member for education, said: “This is a really important investment which will make a real difference in these schools, enabling them to offer better facilities to pupils with special educational needs.

“It is part of our commitment to making sure that all pupils, regardless of their individual circumstances, get the best possible start to their education and are able to achieve their full potential.

“This is a continuation of our strong track record of investment, and follows on from the £180 million we have spent since 2012 rebuilding and replacing 22 schools across the city, including improvements at six special schools.”

A further report outlining where the remaining £1.63 million of funding from the grant will be spent will come before Cabinet at a later date, following consultation with schools and other stakeholders.