Decision Maker: Cabinet
Decision status: Recommendations Approved
Is Key decision?: Yes
Is subject to call in?: Yes
To review the profile of need for SEND specialist placements and the context in which this strategy is being developed. Accept the outline SEND capital strategy, including the process and decision criteria that will be used. Approve a number of named projects contained within the paper. Agree the process by which future projects identified as part of this strategy will be brought to Cabinet for approval.
1. That a number of named projects at an estimated capital cost of £3.2m, for delivery from 2019/20, as part of the overall Special Education Needs & Disabilities (SEND) capital programme, be approved. These projects are as identified in Annex 1 to the submitted report, providing 77 bulge and 21 permanent places.
2. That the development of projects as part of the overall SEND capital programme a number of “named” projects at an estimated capital cost of £28.9m, for delivery from 2019/20 over the next four years be agreed. These projects are as identified in Annex 1 to the submitted report, and will provide 303 permanent places.
3. That other projects as part of the overall SEND capital programme that do not require any further approval within this paper, including £1.1m capital budget previously approved for the Worplesdon specialist centre be noted. These projects are as identified in Annex 1 to the submitted report, providing 482 permanent places.
4. That £1m to support the delivery of the immediate identified school place planning and the long term requirements be approved.
Reason for decision:
Approval of the recommendations form a key part and will assist the Council in delivering the school place planning strategy for specialist placements.
Developing and maintaining the right SEND provision is an important part of ensuring a sustainable specialist estate to provide fit for purpose facilities for Surrey children and young people who require a specialist placement and cost effective solutions for high quality provision to support revenue savings within SCC. Grant capital funding of £10M is available from the Department for Education, to progress this capital strategy providing children and young people with increased positive opportunities for improved outcomes whilst attending an appropriate SEND provision.
The recommendations will enable the progression and delivery of the school place planning strategy for specialist placements ten-year plan. Children, Families, Lifelong Learning and Culture (CFLC) are seeking to provide 883 specialist places (including 77 ‘bulge’ places) over the next four years and within the next 10 years deliver a broader plan which will be developed subject to need.
The school place planning strategy for specialist placements will be reviewed annually.
[The decisions on this item can be called in by the Children, Families, Lifelong Learning & Culture Select Committee]
Report author: Kirsty Cole
Publication date: 25/09/2019
Date of decision: 24/09/2019
Decided at meeting: 24/09/2019 - Cabinet
Effective from: 03/10/2019