EBDOG has welcomed new funding to support young people with additional needs. Children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) are set to benefit from an extra £350 million funding to provide specialist support and tailored facilities, helping those with complex needs to succeed. The Education Secretary Damian Hinds announced on 16th December that councils will receive an additional £250 million over the next two years in revenue funding with an extra £100 million in capital funding to be invested in creating more specialist places in mainstream schools, colleges and special schools. A link to the Government’s press release can be found here.
Graham Olway, Head of School Organisation & Capital Planning, West Sussex County Council and National Chairman of the Education Building Development Officers Group (EBDOG) said:
“The introduction of additional SEN capital grant is very much welcomed and will enable the completion of much needed SEN improvements across the country. The growth in SEN is now recognised and this investment will help local authorities continue the work to ensure they can better meet the needs in their community for some of the most vulnerable children in society”.