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Improving special educational needs provision in West Sussex schools

Children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities will have more opportunity to go to school closer to where they live, under new proposals outlined by West Sussex County Council.

Richard Burrett, Cabinet Member for Education and Skills, has agreed to instigate a programme aimed at increasing the number of Special Support Centres (SSCs) within mainstream schools.

SSCs allow children with additional needs such as autism or social, emotional and mental health needs to be educated in mainstream settings.

There are currently 32 SSCs in West Sussex, and the proposals would see up to 11 more created over the next three years, opening up more than 100 extra places across the county.

Phase One would see two new SSCs created at nursery schools in Chichester and Horsham, and two more added to primary schools, with the aim of opening this September.

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