Nottinghamshire County Council to search out 490 additional particular schooling wants locations in subsequent 5 years
A significant increase in the demand for special education services means that Nottinghamshire County Council will need to find up to 490 additional school places by 2026.
Members of the Council’s Political Committee heard that despite the creation of an additional 510 places for special educational needs and disabilities, more will be needed since 2017 – from 1,273 to 1,783 places, including 243 of the 490 by September 2023.
Independent educational institutions provided 60% of the additional places between 2017 and 2021 at an average cost of £ 48,132 per student per year. The cost of education in Nottinghamshire parish averages £ 23,596 per student per year.
As a result, the Council’s Spatial Planning Strategy for Special Educational Needs and Disabilities includes plans to build a 75-seat special school for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, and a preferred location has been identified in Ollerton.
The expansion of existing special schools would create an additional 120 places, reducing the cost of the more expensive independent places.
The strategy also includes a plan to create some of the additional places in Ashfield, Mansfield and Gedling where the demand for SEND places is growing, with the additional places on existing mainstream campuses or newly built schools (specialized satellite centers). , which would result in a total of 180 more places.
The expansion of existing special schools would include Ash Lea, Cotgrave; Derrymount, Daybrook; Bracken Hill, Kirkby in Ashfield; Yeoman Park Academy, Mansfield Woodhouse, and Newark Orchard School.
Satellite centers are proposed for the former Manners Sutton, Averham; King Edward Elementary School, Mansfield; former Hawthorne Elementary School, Bestwood and North Leverton Former Children’s Center.
The number of children with education, health and care plans that entitle them to specialist training has risen in the district from 2,104 in 2017 to 3,033 in January of this year.
Nottinghamshire has among its statistical and regional neighbors with 91.152 million per student, although this has improved in recent years with large budget increases.
Councilor Tracey Taylor, who represents Misterton, said the government council’s child and youth committee was writing about the still under-funding. She added that if there was additional demand, the council would consider a potential £ 2 million overshoot.
Labor Councilor Mike Pringle, who represents Ollerton, welcomed the sending of a letter but suggested sending a bipartisan letter.
He said: “We need to get the right funding for Nottinghamshire so we can counter some of the pressures.”
Independent Alderman Dave Shaw, who represents Ollerton, welcomed the planning strategy and agreed that the additional spaces would be needed in the Ashfield area.
He has been told that the feasibility study for the new special school is progressing and it is hoped that the project will continue in the coming months.
The Political Committee voted to approve the SEND site planning strategy.