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Council commits to SEND educational improvements

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A specialist base for children with special educational needs is to be created at a borough primary school.

The unit at Hawbush Primary School in Brierley Hill will cater for up to eight children with social, emotional and mental health needs (SEMH).

It has been in operation at the Hawbush Road school on a temporary basis since January, but council bosses will now make the move permanent.

The council will also implement post-16 education at Halesbury School in Halesowen. Four children aged 16-plus with autism will join the roll at the special school from September 2020, with numbers increasing in future years if it proves successful.

The changes have been made in consultation with parents, staff and residents living nearby.

They are part of the council’s SEND improvement programme, a commitment to improve the lives of children with special educational needs and disabilities in the borough.

Councillor Ruth Buttery, cabinet member for children and young people, said:

As part of our new wider inclusion strategy, Dudley Council is committed to improving outcomes for all pupils.
We have seen a sustained increase in the borough in recent years in the need for specialist educational provision for young people with special educational needs.
This will allow pupils to be taught in dedicated units by specialist staff and, in the case of Hawbush, allow opportunities to integrate into mainstream classes where appropriate.
Both schools have extensive experience in meeting the needs of pupils with special educational needs.
It will prevent pupils from having to travel long distances to get to schools outside the borough, which is what is happening in some cases currently.

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