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Plan to give Gloucestershire extra £300,000 for special needs education

Gloucestershire County Council will be asked to approve almost £300,000 additional investment for schools - particularly to support more children with special educational needs.

Patrick Molyneux

The cabinet meets on June 18 to consider proposals which include more pupil places at special schools and adjustments to mainstream schools to cater for more pupils, including those with disabilities or additional needs.

If agreed, the plans will mean a further £296,000 for schools in the county.

Councillor Patrick Molyneux, cabinet member responsible for education, said: "We're committed to making sure all children get the education they deserve, which is why we're investing more than £100million into our county's schools.

"There is strong support for increasing the special educational needs provision in the county and this cash injection will help us to do just that."

Cabinet will be asked to approve plans to extend facilities at Belmont Special School and Battledown Children and Families Centre in Cheltenham, Alderman Knight School in Tewkesbury and Paternoster Special School in Cirencester, to take an 77 extra pupils over two years.

This will reduce the need to send children to specialist schools out of the county or to an independent schools..

Other changes to the approved programme include more money for the expansions of The Cotswold School and Winchcombe Secondary School.

Both schools have projects underway that will provide them with 150 extra places each.

Some changes to the capital programme are also being made to take into account updated data that predicts future pupil numbers with £5.5million allocated for county primary places returned to the schools pot as forecasting shows these primary places will not be needed until after 2024.

These numbers are estimated by looking at a range of factors including the birth rate and new housing developments. The council uses this data to plan where they might need to expand or build new schools.

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