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£14.5 Million of New Government Funding to Support Children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities in Derbyshire

Derbyshire is set to benefit from £14,544,539 of funding to ensure children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) and alternative provision (AP) receive an education that meets their needs.

The Government is investing a record annual £850 million in councils to create new places for young people with SEND and AP in mainstream and special schools. This will provide specialist support for children with autism, learning difficulties, mobility difficulties, and more.

Since coming into office, this Conservative Government has opened 108 new special schools, with a further 92 on the way, so that every child can access the right support at the right time and benefit from a world-class education.

This marks a tripling in previous levels of investment with a £2.6 billion package from 2022 to 2025. The Government is delivering 60,000 more special needs places since 2010 to ensure no parent has to fight for the right support for their children.

The Conservative Government is sticking to the plan to ensure all children, including those with SEND and AP, receive the best possible education.

Commenting, Robert Largan, MP for High Peak, said: “I have spoken with and taken up cases from a lot of parents of children with special

educational needs and disabilities, and know just how important it is for them to get the right support.

“I am pleased to see that the Conservative Government is investing £14.5 million in Derbyshire, which will help deliver education that meets the needs of children with SEND.”

Commenting, Education Secretary Gillian Keegan said: “Today we are taking another step to ensure our education system provides all

children with the very best start in life.

“We are making sure no parent has to battle to get the right type of school to meet their needs, and improving the school estate so all children are taught in the best classrooms for generations to come.”

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