Decision details

Creation of Additional Special Support Centres in Schools - phases 2&3 (CAB03(19/20))

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: Yes


In December 2018 the Cabinet Member for Education and Skills took a decision (reference ES15 (18/19)) to approve Phase 1 of a scheme to develop additional Special Support Centres (SSCs) attached to maintained schools.  SSCs are units which provide additional support for children with various types of Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND).


It is proposed that the County Council now progresses with Phases 2 and 3 of the development scheme which would involve the creation of up to eight additional SSCs in mainstream schools, generating an extra 84 places for those children with high functioning autism and social, emotional and mental health difficulties.


The Cabinet Member for Education and Skills will be asked to approve the proposal to progress the implementation of Phases 2 and 3 of the Special Support Centre Investment Programme.


Cabinet considered a report by the Director of Education & Skills.


Cabinet approved the proposal to develop a full business case, to be taken through the County Council’s capital governance process, for the second phase of the project for opening additional Special Support Centres places attached to schools for opening in September 2020 and to bring forward any individual schemes under phase 3 of the SSC investment programme from 2021 to 2020, where it is possible to do so. All the individual specific schemes that are brought forward under phases 2 and 3 will be subject to their own approval process.



The call-in deadline is 12 December 2019

Publication date: 03/12/2019

Date of decision: 03/12/2019

Decided at meeting: 03/12/2019 - Cabinet

Effective from: 13/12/2019

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