Dorset - Plea to keep SEN close to home

7th May 2010 at 01:00

Teachers in mainstream schools in Dorset have been asked to take on more children with special educational needs (SEN) as council bosses try to cut costs.

Dorset County Council has told heads that it is funding the education of too many SEN children at private special schools outside the county.

Officials want better specialist units in primary and secondaries to stop this "over-reliance" on special schools. They believe those with moderate learning difficulties could be catered for in state schools if more "inclusive learning environments" are created.

More than #163;7 million was spent on educating SEN pupils in private special schools outside the county - above the national average.

Now the decision to send a child away to school will be more closely scrutinised, the council says.

Total SEN spending in Dorset in the 200910 academic year was #163;33 million, slightly above the average. KM.

Subscribe to get access to the content on this page.

If you are already a Tes/ Tes Scotland subscriber please log in with your username or email address to get full access to our back issues, CPD library and membership plus page.

Not a subscriber? Find out more about our subscription offers.
Subscribe now
Existing subscriber?
Enter subscription number


The guide by your side – ensuring you are always up to date with the latest in education.

Get Tes magazine online and delivered to your door. Stay up to date with the latest research, teacher innovation and insight, plus classroom tips and techniques with a Tes magazine subscription.
With a Tes magazine subscription you get exclusive access to our CPD library. Including our New Teachers’ special for NQTS, Ed Tech, How to Get a Job, Trip Planner, Ed Biz Special and all Tes back issues.

Subscribe now