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We know there is a need to create more provision in Hertfordshire so that our children and young people with SEND can be educated within their own communities. In the past 3 years over 300 places have been created in Hertfordshire special schools but we know that the special schools in Hertfordshire are reaching capacity and that the need for places continues to rise.

We have been working on our Special School Place Planning Strategy to address this and we will be investing over £50m over the next 3 years to ensure we have the right provision in the county to meet the future needs of all our pupils with SEND in Hertfordshire.

Meeting the immediate demand for Special School places

We are continuing to work with special schools, specialist and alternative provision and mainstream schools, to develop plans to ensure that there are enough local places to meet the immediate need for places, as other longer term projects that will increase spaces are embedded.

For example, we worked with Garston Manor school to deliver an additional 13 places from September 2021.

Severe Learning Difficulties (SLD) 

One of our main priorities is to deliver additional local SLD capacity. To make sure that we can meet the future demand in Hertfordshire, we will be creating 300 places, with first delivery from as early as January 2024.  

We are committing significant capital investment to relocate and enlarge Breakspeare School to a brand new purpose-built accommodation located in Croxley Green, which will fully meet the needs of both existing and new children. This proposal has now been approved by Cabinet and, subject to planning permission, there will be an additional 113 places available at the new school from January 2024.

In addition, plans for a new 100 place SLD special school are underway and could be opened from as early as September 2024. In the longer term, another new SLD school is planned in the north of the county, subject to demand and approvals.  

Learning Difficulties (LD)

We're very excited about the planned rebuild of The Valley Special School in Stevenage, to which we are committing significant capital investment. The new school will be opening in Spring 2023. 

Communication and autism needs (C and A) - special schools and specialist resource provision (SRP)

We have planned the delivery of 2 new special schools for children with communication and autism needs and the development of a countywide pattern of specialist resource provision attached to mainstream schools which will form part of our graduated response for children with communication and autism needs (C and A).

The graduated response will be a clear offer for children with communication and autism needs and will be supported through a range of suitable and appropriate provision in the county including:

  • inclusion provision in mainstream schools
  • new specialist resource provision for children with communication and autism needs in mainstream schools
  • 2 new Communication and Autism special schools creating 120 additional places 
  • highly specialist schools such as Roman Fields

Children will be able to move up and down this 'ladder' of graduated provision as their needs change.

Development of specialist resource provision (SRP)

Over recent years we have identified a gap in provision for an increasing number of children who have a speech, language or communication need and/or autism who find the mainstream school environment overwhelming. In the past these young people have often ended up in special school, when they should have been better supported to access a mainstream curriculum instead. 

Children and young people with developmental language disorder and severe motor speech disorders continue to need access to the mainstream curriculum, delivered in a modified and visually supported environment.

This has led to our proposal to develop SRPs for the children and young people with social communication difficulties in addition to the children and young people with speech and language disorders. The SRPs will be centres attached to secondary and primary mainstream settings across Hertfordshire. Pupils attending the SRPs will have access to a mainstream curriculum, but the stress of a mainstream environment will be reduced and pupils will feel they have a safe space to be in where their needs are met. The staff and teachers at the SRPs will be trained to support the children and young people's emotional wellbeing and self-regulation. As children in the SRPs gain confidence and independence, the aim is that they will spend an increasing amount of time within mainstream lessons, alongside their peers and with access to the wider variety of opportunities available to them there.

Education Support Centres (ESC)

The Education Support Centres offer alternative provision for children who are unable to attend a mainstream or special school. Pupils are often referred to an ESC if they need a higher level of support than a mainstream school can provide. 'Education Support Centre' is the term Hertfordshire use for 'Pupil Referral Unit'.

In 2024 we will rebuild the North Herts ESC, moving onto one site in Letchworth in brand new purpose-built accommodation. 

We have also built a new primary behaviour inclusion support base at The Rivers ESC in Hoddesdon.

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