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Government announces £280m capital funding boost for SEND children

Councils are to receive an additional £280m to create new places in schools, academies, colleges and early years settings for children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).

The investment follows £365 million allocated through the Special Provision Capital Fund to create places and improve facilities for pupils with SEND across 2018 to 2021.

Vicky Ford, Children and Families Minister, 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.”

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