Consultation opens on proposal to increase autism provision at Crawley school

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People are being asked for their views on a proposed change to the special needs provision at a Crawley school.

The change would affect the special support centre at Maidenbower Junior School and see it change from providing for additional learning needs to providing additional support for pupils with autistic spectrum conditions.

West Sussex County Council has been reviewing the specialist provision on offer across the county and says the change is due to the needs of pupils as well as making the best use of available funding.

The consultation will run until Sunday 10 thDecember 2017. People can take part in the consultation at https://haveyoursay.westsussex.gov.uk

Richard Burrett, Cabinet Member for Education and Skills, said: “I am really keen to hear people’s views on the proposal and this will help me come to a decision on the best way forward. My ultimate aim is to make sure that our pupils with Special Educational Needs receive every opportunity to fulfil their potential and that their school setting is the best it possibly can be to enable them to thrive.”

Following the end of the consultation the Cabinet Member for Education and Skills will take a decision on whether to approve the proposal. A final decision on the proposed changes is expected to be made in January 2018.

If the proposal goes ahead the change would be implemented from September 2018.

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