Children, Families & Learning Cabinet Member – Minutes – 26 February 2018 (Urgt)
61 (61) MAINSTREAM INCLUSION ‘SEND’ CAPITAL FUNDING – The Director: Operations submitted an urgent report updating the Cabinet Member on bids received from schools and academies in North Lincolnshire for capital funding support for projects to enable children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities to recognise and achieve their full potential, and seeking approval for funding allocations to individual schools and academies.
In response to the feedback from the ‘Big Meet 2017’, the Leader of the Council and Cabinet Member for Children, Learning and Families wrote to all schools advising them of the opportunity to bid for a share of £150,000 of capital funding made available to support Mainstream Inclusion SEND (Special Education Needs and Disabilities). The aim was to support schools with funding in the region of between £10,000 and £15,000 to go beyond reasonable adjustments in enabling children and young people with SEND to recognise and achieve their full potential.
Schools and Academies were invited to submit a short bid form outlining the scope of the project for which they were seeking support funding and setting out the impact it would have.
The report gave details of bids received from individual schools and academies.
A panel of professional officers assessed the bids received against the purpose of the funding, namely to help schools go beyond reasonable adjustments in enabling children and young people with SEND to recognise and achieve their full potential. In addition, consideration was given to the impact the project would have for children, the deliverability of the project and the condition of the asset that the investment was for.
Based on the above, a number of bids were recommended for approval.
An urgent decision was requested to allow immediate notification of funding allocations to schools and academies, thereby enabling project works to progress.
Resolved – That funding allocations to the schools, listed at paragraph 8.1 in the report, to enable them to move forward with projects aimed at enabling children and young people with SEND to recognise and achieve their full potential, be approved.
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