Norfolk County Council has an ambitious strategy to transform education for children with special educational needs and disabilities, investing in new specialist school places and strengthening support to mainstream schools.
To secure more places in local communities, we are investing £120m over five years to develop at least three new special schools and to create 170 new places at specialist resource bases, as a core part of mainstream school support.
Priority areas for development
The SEND Sufficiency Strategy has identified the following gaps in provision and priority areas for development:
Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Bases
A new 10 place KS1-KS2 primary ASD SRB is required in the West of Norfolk.
A new 20 place double KS3-KS4 secondary ASD SRB is required in the West of Norfolk.
A new 10 place KS1-KS2 primary ASD SRB is required in the South of Norfolk
A new 10 place KS1-KS2 primary ASD SRB is required in Breckland
A new 20 place KS3-KS4 secondary ASD SRB is required in the South of Norfolk
A new 20 place KS3-KS4 double secondary ASD SRB is required in the East of the county
Cognition and Learning Base
A new KS1-KS2 primary SRB for cognition and learning in the West and/or North of the county to reduce travel distances for learners and to improve access to early intervention specialist provision.
Social Emotional Mental Health (SEMH) Bases
Expansion of the current primary SEMH SRBs from 10 places to 16 with a KS2 offer.
A new 16 place primary SRB in Norwich
A new 16 place primary SRB in the East
A new 16 place primary SRB in Breckland
The operational model for SEMH SRBs is not set and is something that successful schools will have the opportunity to inform and co-design.
Application guidance and criteria
Applications to develop an SRB are welcomed from Norfolk schools and academies. The deadline to submit an application is Wednesday 31 July 2019.