Westminster has revealed a new £280 million investment for children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) or otherwise requiring alternative provision.
The fund will be for England only, with councils receiving investment for the creation of new places in schools, academies, colleges and early years settings.
It will also go towards improving existing provision to create modern, fit-for-purpose spaces suited to a wider range of pupil needs, the Department for Education confirmed.
This could include contributions to the cost of creating a new school, or by improving accessibility, such as installing ramps, handrails or ceiling hoists.
Children and Families Minister, Vicky Ford, said: “Every child or young person with SEND should go to school feeling confident that they will get the tailored support they need at school, and every teacher should be equipped with the right facilities to teach those pupils.
“We have already increased the high needs budget by nearly a quarter over the past two years.
“This additional investment will enable local authorities to invest more in creating excellent school places or enhancing existing provision so that pupils with additional needs and disabilities get the same opportunities as any other.
“The funding adds to the Government’s programme of work to level up outcomes, including the ongoing SEND Review which is looking at ways to make sure the system is consistent, high-quality and integrated across education, health and care.
“The funding is for the financial year 2021-22, to support the provision of high needs places needed by September 2022.
“Up to an additional £20 million will be used to support High Needs capital projects in a small number of the local authorities facing the highest Dedicated Schools Grant deficits.”