Schools set to invest in sensory rooms and specialist equipment following £50m windfall

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Schools in the UK have been given funding to help them purchase specialist facilities to support children with complex needs, such as sensory rooms and playgrounds with specialist equipment.

£50m of funding will benefit councils and allow them to create additional school places and state-of-the-art facilities for children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), giving families more choice and helping to meet increasing demand.

The additional investment builds on the £215m fund announced last year to ensure children with SEND had access to a good school place.

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The combined investment is part of the £23bn being spent by the government between now and 2021 to ensure children have access to a good school place so they will be able to fulfil their potential.

Children and Families Minister, Nadhim Zahawi, said that all parents want to send their child to a good local school.

“This funding will help to create thousands more school places across the country, with a clear focus on transforming the experience of education for children with special educational needs or disabilities (SEND).

“The announcement aims to remove some of the barriers to a good education for children with additional needs and make sure Britain is a country that truly works for everyone.

“The funding brings the total investment in new school places for children with additional needs to £265million, following the announcement of a £215million fund last year.”

Over half the councils in England will receive more than £225,000 to increase places or improve schools for children with SEND, and every council will receive at least £115,000.

A National Network of Parent Carer Forums (NNPCF) spokesperson, said: “The NNPCF are pleased to see the announcement from the Department form Education regarding an increase in the capital spending to increase places or improve facilities in schools for children and young people with SEND.

“Specialist provision continues to be under great pressure across the country and it is vital this money makes the greatest impact. We are pleased to note that local authorities will need to work with parent and carers to determine how it is most effectively spent.”

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