Ambitious plans to support children and young people
New special schools and bases for children with special educational needs are part of Norfolk County Council’s ambitious proposals to transform support for Norfolk’s children and young people.
The council wants to invest about £120 million in creating more than 500 places for children with special educational needs and disabilities in the county, and providing more outreach support for those with social and emotional needs. This will help more children to be taught near to their homes, improve the quality of their education and address growing demand for places.
The county’s 12 council-supported special schools are among the best in the country but do not have space for the increasing number of children with special educational needs.
We also want to support children to stay in mainstream education by creating more specialist bases at mainstream schools. There are currently 23 of these in the county, specialising in autism spectrum disorder; learning and cognition needs; social, emotional and mental health needs or speech, language and communication.
Earlier this year we opened the new Chapel Green School in Attleborough (pictured above and below) which replaced and extended the previous Chapel Road School. We also funded the new Fen Rivers Academy in King’s Lynn.
A proposal to create a new special school at the site of the former Alderman Swindell Primary School in Great Yarmouth, is also progressing.
Children’s Centres proposals
The council has recently consulted on proposals for a new early childhood and family service in the county. Our proposal focuses on bringing services out into communities, to the families that need them the most. The consultation closed on 12 November and we are now working through all of the responses and developing a full report for consideration. The report findings will be discussed by our Children’s Services Committee in January 2019.