Creating SEND Resource Provision at Priestnall School

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Closes 11 Dec 2022


A Specialist Resource Provision (SRP) is a provision within a minstream school where specific places are reserved for pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND). These pupils generally spend around 50% of their time taught within the mainstream classes, however they do not take up a mainstream school place.  

A resource provision is designed to enhance the inclusion of children with SEND in to mainstream schools and allow them to reach their full potential. It allows the school to promote inclusion and community cohesion while offering SEND pupils the ability to transition to a full mainstream curriculum where appropriate. This provision benefits both SEND and mainstream pupils as the school will have improved facilities and staff with experience in dealing with complex educational and social, emotional and mental health needs. 

The new provision will be based at the current site within newly built provision. Remodelling of existing space may be required however it is unknown at this stage whether additional building works beyond the creation of the resource base itself will be required. If agreed, building and remodelling work will take place in Summer 2023. This is anticipated at a cost of £1m funded by Stockport Council. 

The resource provision will be funded so that they are self sufficient and do not require subsidising from the main school budget. A notional sum of between £14,000-£16,000 will be paid per child, with additional top up funds available should the child's needs dictate. If places are unfilled at a resource base the school will be paid £10,000 per unfilled place so that the quality of provision is assured regardless of numbers on roll. The resource provision will receive an additional £1,000 per year to fund additional learning materials, sensory equipment, play equipment.

The first consultation showed overwhelming support for the creation of the resource base, however parents wanted to know more about the cost and impact on the existing mainstream offer at the school. 

1. What is your name?
2. What is your email address?
3. What is your organisation?
4. Do you support the proposal to create a resource provision at Priestnall School?