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PremierLeague-News.Com - Rolling out extra provision for families with children who have additional support needs is to be discussed at a Stirling Council meeting this week.

Uk news Councillors to consider extra provision for kids with additional support needs PremierLeague-News.Com

PremierLeague-News.Com - Rolling out extra provision for families with children who have additional support needs is to be discussed at a Stirling Council meeting this week.

Uk news  Councillors to consider extra provision for kids with additional support needs PremierLeague-News.Com
23 February 2021 - 17:00

PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Expanding local Additional Support Needs provision is being considered in a bid to cope with a rising number of children with disabilities and conditions. Stirling Council officers will outline the situation to the authority’s children and young people committee on Thursday. They say more investment is needed locally to avoid having to find specialist placements outwith the Stirling area “at significant cost in each case”. In their report, service manager for ASN Bryony Monaghan and chief education officer Kevin Kelman, say, a more sustainable approach is needed to meeting the educational needs of the young people and a policy of developing placements locally as close to their own communities as possible. They are seeking approval to run a formal consultation on three options for future ASN provision - with creating or expanding provision at existing assets in both rural and urban communities appearing to be least problematic. They say “business as usual” would see many requiring external placements at special schools funded by Stirling Council, especially at secondary stage, with the needs of young people in mainstream not likely to be fully met under this option, which would also have the highest cost. Having one central school for all projected ASN provision would be “challenging to deliver in existing sites” and require more transport, with fewer local benefits to young people. A full management team would be needed and a large, “potentially complex” school created. There would also be reduced inclusion opportunities in mainstream schools and a higher cost. Click here for more news and sport from the Stirling area. The rural/urban expansion option is seen as a “measured increase” in available provision using existing assets as much as possible. It would allow for a phased approach in rural and city locations, available sites to adapt or build on, and would base children closer to their home communities. It is also seen as reducing or removing external placements requests/needs, allowing shared management and resource use with existing schools, creating increased inclusion and allowing phased costs. While the expected costs for the options have not been disclosed for commercial reasons, these are said to be “high” for all three.

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. In Stirling 2817 children were assessed as having ASN in 2013 - increasing to 3528 in 2019. The term “additional support needs” refers to children and young people who require support that is additional to, or different from, that received by others of the same age to ensure they benefit from education. This can be due to disability or health, learning environment, family circumstances, or social and emotional factors. The reasons for the increase are believed to partly relate to better assessment and recording along with medical advances. Autism Spectrum Disorders are particularly prevalent. In Stirling around 95 per cent of children with ASN are being educated in mainstream schools with a range of staff support - but around five per cent need a more specialist approach to education, with very small class groups and specialist staff. Currently there are three primary provisions for Autism Spectrum Disorder in Callander, Riverside and Bannockburn, one school for complex needs in Raploch, one secondary provision for ASD in St Modan’s High School and one for complex needs in Wallace High School. Currently the primary provisions and school provide up to 90 places. Wallace High and St Modan’s are already almost at capacity, and are expected to reach this within the next decade. Officers predict that 10 new classes of six young people could be required within the next 10 years and 48 places within five to six years. The consultation process would take place between March and June this year and be conducted mostly digitally, gathering views from staff, parents and the communities and looking at the financial implications. A final consultation paper would be brought to committee for decision in September.

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