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Bradford Council offer nearly 100 more places for SEND pupils

Special Educational needs and development students will see more places with Beechcliffe School in Keighley.

Yesterday morning Bradford Council approved over 90 school places. The City Hall members approved 80 more places at Beechcliffe School in Keighley and 12 provision places at Fagley Primary.

10 Early years enhanced specialist provision places currently at Abbey Green Nursery School will be re-located to Midland Road Nursery School.

The increase in placements is to help reduce the number of SEND pupils who are going to schools outside of the Bradford District, who are more able to accommodate them.

The report said many of Ella Carr PRU pupils are SEND students, and the plan is to have this facility run as a specialist SEND school by Beechcliffe. With members being told there would be, “very little impact” on SEND pupils already attending.

The number of children being diagnosed with these special educational needs has increased nationwide for a third consecutive year in 2019.

Reported expenditure shows in Bradford 2017/18 £130 per week per child is spent on SEND pupils compared to the national average of £100, however in 2016/17 Bradford was at £150 and £155 in 2015/16 whilst the national average has increased from £98 in 2015/16.

Nearly 15%of the total pupil population has special educational needs and over recent years Bradford have created around 600 extra SEND places.

In Bradford 7.3% of school-aged children in need have a disability, noticeably lower than the national average of 11.3%.

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