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Inclusion for students with SEND promoted in Wolverhampton

By Thomas Parkes | Wolverhampton | News | Published:

A framework to help support students who have Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) has been backed by chiefs.

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Education chiefs at Wolverhampton Council said it was important to promote inclusion across all schools in the city.

It comes as demand for educational provision in the city has increased "significantly" over recent years.

A report to cabinet members in the city said there the uplift has been driven by a 24 per cent increase in births, between 2002 and 2014.

And it was also down to increased life expectancy for children born with complex disabilities and congenital conditions.

Councillor Dr Michael Hardacre, cabinet member for education and skills, said: "It's about creating, where possible, in good and outstanding schools special resources.

"SEND children are, as much as possible, integrated into mainstream schools because they do better in that context.

"A philosophical question is that there's a danger we're putting away children who will have to come out into the full stages of life.

"We have the best interests of children in the city in mind and we know we have a large selection of Good or Outstanding schools to support SEND pupils."

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The High Needs Provision Framework, which outlines the city's response in helping SEND students, was signed off by councillors at a meeting on Wednesday.

The report said: "Thee vast majority of students with SEND in Wolverhampton should access mainstream schools, relates to the combined cohorts of students with an education, health and care plan and those accessing SEND support.

"Solutions are developed to offer opportunities for students with SEND to attend mainstream provision, unless doing so would be incompatible with the provision of efficient education."

Councillor Brookfield, who backed the policy, said councillors were there to do their level best for youngsters in the city.

Thomas Parkes

By Thomas Parkes
Trainee Reporter - @TParkes_Star

Trainee reporter at the Express & Star, based in Wolverhampton. Got a story? Get in touch at thomas.parkes@expressandstar.co.uk.

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