New strategy to help 19,000 children in Norfolk with special educational needs

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Protesters march against government 'under-funding' of education for children with special needs in Norwich city centre in May. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2019

The public are being asked to give their views on a new strategy to support children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) in Norfolk.

The three-year strategy from Norfolk County Council outlines plans to make education more inclusive for children with SEND, improve support services and deliver more specialist provision.

It includes the council's £120m programme to build up to four new specialist schools, creating 500 new places, develop more specialist bases for children with SEND in mainstream schools and grow community-based outreach services.

Statistics released by the Department for Education on Thursday show that, as of January 2019, around one in six children (15.7pc) in Norfolk had special educational needs - around 19,000 in total.

Of these 3,900 had an education, health and care plan (EHCP), which specifies and quantifies the support they need in school.

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Parent and carer groups, the health service and education providers have given their input to the strategy.

The deadline for comments on the SEND strategy is Tuesday, August 13 - see

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Members of the council's health and wellbeing board are also due to discuss the strategy and give feedback at their next meeting on July 10.

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