Capital fund for Local Offer 2019
Local authorities must ensure there are sufficient good school places for all pupils, including those with SEN and disabilities.
The Government has committed £215 million of capital funding to help local authorities create new school places and improve existing facilities for children and young people with SEN and disabilities, in consultation with parents and providers.
Leicester City requires more places for children and young people in specialist places for September 2018, and an increasing need for places over the next 5-7 years as our school population increases overall.
Leicester City Council therefore intends to develop between 50-60 places for the next academic year, which we are seeing as Stage 1; we shall then update our plans and prepare for Stage 2, more places for the period to 2025.
58 additional places were created at five specialist provisions across Leicester in the financial year 2018-19. Our ambition to respond to the SEND local area inspection findings (OfSTED/CQC, May 2018) has also led to the LA actively seeking more places which are specialist and for children and young people with EHC Plans, in mainstream resourced provisions- which we describe as Designated Specialist Provision (DSPs) in Leicester City. DSPs will also be linked to our special schools and academies, to ensure up to date approaches for supporting children and young people experiencing SEND.