Schools to receive £2.1m for special needs funding

Thursday November 7th, 2019

Westminster schools are set to benefit from £2.1m funding to help pupils with special needs.Government Opportunities

Up to 50 new school places for children with special educational needs (SEN) are to be created in Westminster by 2021.

This comes as 11 schools across the city will see over £2.1m investment to help increase provision and fund new facilities for pupils.

Mainstream schools, academies and special schools, from early-years to further education colleges, are set to benefit.

The funding, which comes from central government, aims to improve special provision for children and young people with Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCPs). Schools were invited to bid for the capital funding earlier in the year.

Some projects have already been delivered:

  • All Souls Church of England School – £270,000 to set up provision for children with autism
  • Westminster Special Schools – £380,000 to increase its capacity and improve its outdoor space for learning

The additional projects in the pipeline are:

  • ARK Atwood Primary Academy – £20,000 to create a new dedicated teaching area for children with autism
  • Barrow Hill Junior School – £70,000 to improve entrance facilities for children with SEN
  • Churchill Gardens Primary Academy – £8,000 to install a changing bench for disabled children accessing short-breaks
  • Gateway Academy – £10,000 to improve provision for children with autism by creating a new dedicated teaching area which recognises sensor needs
  • St Marylebone Bridge School – £50,000 to improve the school’s sports centre
  • Millbank Academy – £500,000 for building works to provide extra places for children
  • Queens Park Primary School – £10,000 to reconfigure classrooms to provide more space for pupils
  • Robinsfield Infant School – £50,000 to reconfigure classrooms
  • St Augustine’s C of E High School – £200,000 to improve acoustics for pupils with hearing impairments
  • Wilberforce Primary School – £100,000 towards installing a new lift
  • A new satellite nursery and facilities for pupils with autism is being given £400,000 to set up

Cllr Timothy Barnes, Cabinet Member for Economic Development, Education and Skills at Westminster City Council, said:

“As a local authority we have listened to what families have said they need and want for their children. This funding will help provide everything from a simple changing bench for disabled children to more classroom places so that they can attend local schools.”

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