1. Contact details
Name and address of Local Authority publishing the proposal:
South Tyneside Council, Town Hall & Civic Offices, Westoe Road, South Shields, NE33 2RL
Name, address and category of school where proposed alterations are to be made:
Lord Blyton Primary School, Blyton Avenue, South Shields, NE34 9BN (Maintained Mainstream Community Primary School)
Date on which the proposed Prescribed Alterations will be implemented:
20 April 2020
3. Proposed Prescribed Alterations
To establish a 13 place Special Resource Base for boys and girls aged 5 to 11 who have an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) with Social Emotional and Mental Health and Communication Interaction as the primary special need.
The proposed accommodation will be housed within the main school building and will comprise one classroom for Key Stage 1 and one classroom for Key Stage 2. The accommodation is currently used for alternative activities e.g. breakfast club, which will be relocated to a demountable building to be positioned in the school grounds, with direct access into the main building. The vacated rooms within the main school building will be re-modelled and refurbished to house the Special Resource Provision.
4. Objectives of the proposal
As part of the duty to secure appropriate provision for pupils with Special Educational Needs (SEN), an audit of need of pupils with SEN was undertaken in 2017 and identified various changes in the demand for places, including an increased demand for places for Social, Emotional Mental Health (SEMH). The audit of need also identified a gap in provision for these pupils across the current spectrum of provision, which includes inclusion in mainstream schools, specialist resource provision within mainstream schools and special schools. The Local Authority has an established special resource base for SEMH pupils located in the west of the borough. The proposed Special Resource Base will address the shortage of places in specialist resource provision in the east of the Borough and will promote inclusion, with quality SEN provision within a mainstream setting, with access to specialist support.
The school is an inclusive school and the Special Resource Base will complement the school's established specialism in supporting pupils with mental health/emotional wellbeing needs. The provision will give pupils who exhibit changing behaviours, communication and interaction needs and who have a need for a therapeutic multi-disciplinary intervention the opportunity to access mainstream provision with the specialist support they need. The Special Resource Base will also provide an outreach service into schools to support SEMH and will:
- increase access to specialist facilities for Key Stage 1 and 2 pupils with SEMH and Communication Interaction difficulties
- improve access to specialist staff for Key Stage 1 and 2 pupils with SEMH and Communication Interaction difficulties
- increase the number of special resource base places within primary sector by 13
All places will be reserved for pupils with an EHCP which names the school as the most appropriate placement, or for children whom an educational psychologist deems would benefit from an assessment placement as part of the special educational needs assessment process.
All pupils will be on the roll of Lord Blyton Primary School or will be dual registered with their existing primary school. The proposal does not include a change in age range.
5. Effect on other educational institutions within the area
The establishment of the special resource base will not create an overall increase in the number of places in the primary sector but will provide an additional specialist provision for children with SEMH and communication interaction difficulties. Lord Blyton Primary School has a published admission number of 30; it is not proposed to increase the published admission number.
The proposed resource base will not replace existing provision but will supplement and improve provision across the borough.
The addition of the Special Resource Base to the school will not have a direct impact on admissions or provision at other schools within the area but will have a positive impact in the capacity and quality of outreach support to be offered to other schools.
6. Project costs and indication of how these will be met, including how long-term value for money will be achieved
Funding has been secured for the project with a successful Capital bid to DfE by the Local Authority.
Long-term value for money will be achieved by pupils having their needs met within appropriate mainstream provision with specialist support rather than in special school provision. This will free special school places for pupils with the highest level of needs and provide the opportunity to place high need pupils within the borough, rather than in out of borough provision. Increased capacity for outreach will deliver support for pupils in mainstream settings, leading to fewer pupils being transferred to specialist provisions and improving inclusion opportunities in mainstream schools.
7. Implementation plan
The demountable provision will be put in place and the vacated rooms remodelled to be operational from 20 April 2020, for the admission of pupils at the beginning of the Summer Term 2020. The timescales will minimise disruption to the education of pupils in the school.
8. Procedure for making representations (objections and comments)
Within four weeks from the date of publication of this proposal 19 September 2019, any person may object to or make comments on the proposal by:
Post: Lord Blyton Consultation, South Tyneside Council, Town Hall and Civic Offices, South Shields, NE33 2RL
Closing date for responses is 17 October 2019, at midnight.
We will not be able to consider any responses received after this date