Decision details

Inclusive Cumbria - Developing Inclusive Provision

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: Yes


The paper sets out a number of proposals for capital expenditure in support of furthering effective inclusion within Cumbria. This will include additional capacity within special schools (including residential provision) and the development of partnership models to deliver improved alternative provision to support the engagement of learners with multiple needs – particularly social, emotional and mental  health needs.
In support of these proposals the paper will identify how the proposed provision will reduce the number of children being placed out of county and deliver savings.


The Corporate Director – Children’s Services presented a report which outlined the principles underpinning proposals to vary and expand Special Educational and Disability (SEND) provision in Cumbria to continue to meet the policy laid down in Inclusive Cumbria and supported delivery of services to meet changing need and closer to home for children and young people.


The overarching principles for proposing the schemes were:


·                   Inclusive Cumbria to provide services closer to home by investing in suitable provision within Cumbria saving on more expensive out of county provision


·                   reviewing where provision was needed across the County to reflect changes in demand and requirements and maximising strong partnership working with schools


·                   the core principles of inclusion, shared responsibility, children and young people having access to the widest possible curriculum experience and ensuring quality provision whilst utilising resources as effectively as possible.


The report also outlined two specific schemes as part of a rolling programme of investment and sought Cabinet approval to deliver these proposals.


The two projects were the co-location of a new Sandside Lodge Special School with Ulverston Victoria High School, in Ulverston (£7m) and the provision of residential accommodation for children with severe and profound autism at James Rennie School, Carlisle (£2m). Capital financing had been identified for the two schemes.


Further schemes would be brought to Cabinet for approval as business cases were developed to deliver on the existing Basic Need SEN scheme already approved in the Capital Programme (as required by Council in February 2013).


RESOLVED,    that


                           (1)       the principles and proposals to developing a new pattern of inclusive provision that would support inclusion across Cumbria and reduce expenditure on external provision be agreed;


                           (2)       approval of the provision of a new Sandside Lodge Special School (£7m) and residential accommodation at James Rennie Special School (£2m) be RECOMMENDED to Council.


Report author: John Barrett

Publication date: 23/12/2014

Date of decision: 18/12/2014

Decided at meeting: 18/12/2014 - Cabinet

Effective from: 03/01/2015

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