New funding to increase SEND capacity
Published: 30 November 2022
Due to new SEND capital funding, there will be an increase in special educational needs and disability (SEND) school places in Derby City.
As the number of young people requiring SEND services has increased, Derby special schools are close to or above capacity so some young people would possibly struggle to find a suitable school place. However, with new Capital funding, Derby City Council will now have the financial support to increase the amount of SEND places in specialist provision in Derby.
This new funding will also mean that there will be an increase in capacity at the early intervention or graduated response in mainstream schools in Derby through the creation of Inclusion Hubs that will provide more support sooner in the child’s SEND journey.
A significant factor for those who require SEND services is that they are able to stay within their own city and community. The increase in funding and spaces within Derby mean that children and young people who require the service will be able to stay close to their families as well as develop friendships and life skills without having to travel outside of Derby City. Being able to provide suitable SEND services within Derby City helps us to fulfil our SEND vision of every child and young person with special educational needs and disabilities in Derby being able to “Live their Best Life.”
Councillor Evonne Williams, cabinet member for children, young people and skills, said:
It is incredibly important that the young people in Derby who require SEND services are not only able to get the assistance they need but also to receive it in their city. New funding will assist us with the increase in demand for SEND services whilst helping us make sure that those young people are reaching their full potential in an environment that suits their needs.”
You can learn more about SEND services and Derby City Councils’ vision for SEND services on our webpage.