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Official sponsor approved for new Specialist School in Elmbridge

A new school in Elmbridge will provide high quality specialist education for autistic children and children who have communication and interaction needs. Hopescourt School will create up to 80 additional specialist school places in its first year of opening in 2024, increasing to 200 by 2028/29.   Hopescourt School will give residents in Elmbridge and … Continue reading

290 new school places for children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) in Surrey

As part of Surrey County’s Council ambition for children and young people to live, learn and grow up locally, the Council has created 220 new specialist school places in Surrey’s special schools and specialist centres in mainstream primary and secondary schools, and an additional 70 temporary places. In readiness for the new academic year 2021-2022, … Continue reading

Fairer Special Educational Needs funding for schools

Surrey County Council is altering one aspect of Special Educational Needs (SEN) funding in order to better target available money across schools most in need and improve outcomes for children with SEN. This follows a consultation process undertaken in late 2020, looking at whether discretionary payments to schools based on numbers of children with Education … Continue reading

Summary of Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Meeting (26th January 21)

Surrey County Council’s Cabinet met this week and made a number of important announcements regarding the council’s future plans. These are summarised below: COVID response Cabinet announced that Surrey was on track to meet the mid-February target of vaccinating the top four cohorts within the population, amounting to 230,000 people. Leader Tim Oliver praised the … Continue reading

Surrey County Council accepts findings of Local Government Ombudsman report

Surrey County Council has accepted the findings of the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman report that shows the council were at fault regarding a recent SEND transport complaint. The Ombudsman found that a teenager who attends a special school missed the start of the school year because the council did not tell his mother … Continue reading

Surrey County Council invests £36m to create hundreds of additional specialist school places

Surrey’s children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) are set to benefit from a much broader choice of schools and placements within the county following the council’s decision to invest £36m in widening its specialist education provision. This latest investment will create 213 additional specialist school places for the academic year … Continue reading

Surrey asks “how can its Local Offer website be improved?”

Surrey County Council and partners are asking for young people with Special Educational Needs and/or a Disability (SEND), their parent/carers and the practitioners supporting them, to share their views and experiences of its Local Offer website. All local authorities must have a Local Offer website that provides information and the details of services available for … Continue reading

VIDEO: Surrey leader on successes, challenges and opportunities

David Hodge used today’s Full Council meeting to talk about the successes of his five years as Surrey County Council’s leader, the challenges the authority faces and the opportunities for health and social care services.

ROUND UP: Take part in Special Education Needs survey; Volunteer to visit a child in care

Take part in Special Education Needs survey Families using Surrey’s Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) services are being asked to take part in a national survey. The survey, which is supported by the Department for Education, is being sent out by Surrey County Council on behalf of Lancaster University and the charity In Control. … Continue reading

SE7 councils welcome reforms

A major overhaul of the support available for young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), that will give families greater control and choice over the care their children receive, has been welcomed by the SE7 group of councils. The reforms are set out in the wide-ranging Children and Families Bill. Many of the … Continue reading


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