Special Education Needs and Disability Capital Investment Fund- 2020/2021

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1. Introduction
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Swindon Borough Council is consulting upon the second phase of the Special Educational Needs and disability Capital Investment Fund. Proportionally, Swindon has a large number of specialist school places and a high percentage of EHCP’s compared to other Local Authorities. Although there is growth in the Borough, the SEND Capital Fund will not provide an adequate budget to create new specialist provision. Therefore, given the breadth of provision that already exists and is planned for the future the Local Authority proposes that this investment fund should be focused on providing better access and improvements to existing places.

This cosultation will open on Monday 13th January 2020 and close on Friday 21st February 2020.

Phase 1 – 18/19 funding bids

The Borough received a good response of 19 bids in total. Within these bids there were a lot of nurture/sensory rooms and well-being spaces, a greenhouse and purchase of laptops. 13 of the bids were approved and 6 bids were declined. Taking into account the 13 successful bids the total amount of Capital investment funding comes to a total of £279,811.69 with the schools contributing a further 25%.

Phase 2- 19/20 funding Bids

The Borough received an outstanding 48 bids in total. Schools have gained sensory rooms, Sheppard’s huts, hoists, outdoor learning areas to well-being centres. 25 of the bids were approved. Taking into account the successful bids the total amount of Capital investment funding comes to a total of £490,162.78 with the schools contributing a further 25%.
 
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