New funding to support children with special educational needs in MK

Children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) are set to benefit from an extra £350 million funding to provide specialist support and tailored facilities, helping those with complex needs to succeed.

Milton Keynes is set to receive an additional £1.4million over the next two years.

The Education Secretary Damian Hinds announced that councils will receive the additional money on top of the £6 billion already provided for the high needs budget this year, to provide much needed support for children and young people with complex SEND.

Families will also benefit from more choice for their child’s education through an extra £100 million investment to create more specialist places in mainstream schools, colleges and special schools, giving more children and young people access to a good school or college place that meets their individual needs. This could include more state-of-the-art facilities, such as sensory rooms and specialist equipment.

As MP for MK North, I am delighted to see Milton Keynes receive this additional funding. It is vital that every school and every teacher should be able to teach and support someone with special educational needs. To do this, schools need money and this additional investment will make a much-needed difference to the quality of provision and outcomes for this group of children and young people in MK.

Education Secretary Damian Hinds said:

“Being a parent, we all want the very best for our children. We want them to attend a school that supports them to thrive, go on to higher or further education or training, find a job that’s right for them, and to live happy and fulfilled lives.

“For children with special educational needs this is no different. It is important that they have the right support in place at school – whether that is in a mainstream setting, with additional support, or in a special school.

“We recognise that the high needs budget faces significant pressures and this additional investment will help local councils to manage those pressures, whilst being able to invest to provide more support.”