Parents, carers and stakeholders in Dudley borough are being invited to take part in a consultation on the proposal to add a SEND Unit to Dawley Brook Primary School, a maintained primary school.
Dudley Council has a statutory duty to provide each child in its area with an appropriate school place. There is an identified need within the Dudley area for places for children with Special Educational Needs with an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP)
The Council is consulting on plans to provide an inclusive SEND Unit at Dawley Brook Primary School, which will meet the needs of up to 12 young people with an Education, Health and Care Plan.
There are three more SEND Units in primary proposed across the borough:
- Jessons Primary School
- Rufford Primary School (Invictus Education Trust)
- Bromley Pensnett Primary School (DRB Ignite Multi Academy Trust)
As well as one resource provision at Crestwood Academy (Secondary)
All responses must be received by midnight 30 June 2023
- Alternative language and large print formats are also available available on request.
In September 2023, Dudley Council (the Council) will set up a SEND Unit at Dawley Brook Primary School to meet the needs of pupils with complex communication and cognition and with an Education, Health and Care Plan. This is part of the Council’s SEND improvement journey, and in response to an identified lack of such provision.
The Council is consulting on proposals to make this specialist inclusion base at Dawley Brook Primary School, a permanent addition to the school. Dawley Brook Primary School is a one form entry primary school located in the West of Dudley and takes pupils aged from 3-11.
In 2019 the Council identified that it had a gap in provision to meet the needs of pupils who require high levels of support with an Education, Health and Care Plan. Two social, emotional and mental health difficulties (SEMH) bases were created in the last three years to provide provision for primary age children with an EHCP with a primary need of SEMH. This has proven to be a successful model and has gone some way to addressing the identified gap, however there is still a shortfall of base provision within the borough.
Following a bidding process, the Council has selected Dawley Brook Primary School to develop an inclusive base where pupils will be able to be taught in a dedicated unit by specialist staff with opportunities to integrate into mainstream classes as and when appropriate.
It is anticipated that this will provide an appropriate education for up to 12 pupils and will provide a tried and tested solution for the Council to support our SEND children within their community, providing the curriculum, environment and staff they need without a move into a specialist setting.