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Options review for future of specialist education provision

Monday, 18th January 2016.

Suffolk County Council is asking for the views of parents, teachers and other interested people regarding a range of options relating to the future of specialist educational provision in the county.

The authority has a statutory responsibility to regularly review such provision to ensure it meets the needs of the pupils attending these settings. Residents are invited to offer their views on a range of options for the types of specialist educational provision that could be provided to learners in Suffolk. As well as comments on the ideas the council has published, they are keen to hear about other ideas people may have that will help provide the necessary support to learners in the future.

An information pack is available on the Councilís website at: www.suffolk.gov.uk/consultation. From here you can also complete the online survey. The options review is open now and closes on Sunday 7 February 2016.

This review will be followed by a formal six week consultation in March to enable further views on specific proposals for the future. Briefing sessions will take place during this time to ensure the views of children and young people are also captured. Further details about the review can be found at

www.suffolk.gov.uk/children-families-and-learning/send-and-the-local-offer/an-introduction-to-support-for-sen/

Suffolk County Councilís Cabinet Member for Childrenís Services, Education and Skills, Cllr Gordon Jones said: "Over the last few years we have looked to develop specialist education services that meet the needs of local children. We have engaged with parents and carers, specialist provision head teachers, partner agencies and local schools. The proposed review and consultation to follow reflects the views expressed during our discussions up to this point. We need to address the provision for this type of support in Suffolk, to enable children to access services much closer to their home.

ďThe welfare and education of every child in Suffolk is the councilís number one priority and this demonstrates our commitment to helping every child get the best start in life."

If you would like a hard copy sent to you, please call the team on 01473 263978 or email FOSEPReview.cyp@suffolk.gov.uk, equally if you, or someone you represent, has difficulties providing feedback using these methods, please contact the team on 01473 263978 to discuss other ways of giving your views.

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