Special Education Needs unit to be set-up at school

Special Education Needs unit to be set-up at school

by Henry James (June 2022)

LANCASHIRE County Council cabinet has agreed the creation of a Special Education Needs unit at St Francis of Assisi Roman Catholic Primary School in Skelmersdale.

The cabinet has given final approval for the development of the unit, for up to 16 pupils at the school. It is anticipated that places will become available for pupils from September.

Special Education Needs (SEN) units are specially designed to cater for youngsters with additional needs.

Formal consultations were carried out by the council between March 23 and May 3 for St Francis of Assisi Roman Catholic Primary School.

A total of five responses were received, of which three people strongly agreed with the proposal, one agreed with it and another strongly disagreed.

One person wrote: “I believe it will benefit the school, children and community by having a well connected SEN unit within the school.”

Another wrote: “I think that there is a need within the area for an SEN unit.”

While another parent left the following comment against the plan: “I’m still trying to sort the mess they made out of my children’s education and they’re still failing my other child, do not put more children through this please.”

The county council’s Cabinet has also agreed the creation of a SEN unit at Fleetwood Chaucer Primary School, and St Augustine's Roman Catholic High School, Billington, near Clitheroe.

At the meeting, the results of the informal consultation to expand and increase the number of school places at Thornton Cleveleys Red Marsh School and Lostock Hall Moor Hey School were considered, and approval was given to start the formal consultation process.

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