Parents asked on special needs education

STEVE DOWNES Parents, children and school leaders are being asked for their opinion on the future of special educational needs provision across Norfolk.

STEVE DOWNES

Parents, children and school leaders are being asked for their opinion on the future of special educational needs provision across Norfolk.

Norfolk County Council is in the middle of an overhaul of the way it supports children by improving access to services and locating facilities closer to where they are needed.

A public consultation has been launched to ask where people believe complex needs schools and specialist resource bases should be placed.

All of the county's special schools are to become complex needs schools and will aim to provide placements for children within the area where they live.

Complex needs schools will be able to support a wider range of children and young people with special educational needs, between the ages of two and 19.

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Meanwhile, special needs units within mainstream schools will become specialist resource bases and will be remodelled or, where necessary, relocated.

The council pledged it would not force children to move from existing provision if they did not want to.

The consultation, which runs until December 9, is available at www.norfolk.gov.uk/SENStrategy. Drop-in events will be held at: The Feathers Hotel, in Holt, on Tuesday, November 5; Swaffham Assembly Rooms on Thursday, November 8; Attleborough Community and Enterprise Centre, on Monday, November 12; UEA Sportspark, on Monday, November 19 and at The Priory Centre at Yarmouth on Thursday, November 22. All the sessions run from 10am to 7pm.

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