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Children & Families Capital Programme Update

Meeting: 09/10/2019 - Cabinet (Item 12)

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To agree changes to the approved Children & Families Capital Programme. 

Decision:

Cllr Patrick Molyneux, Cabinet Member for Economy, Education and Skills, sought approval of changes to the Children & Families Capital Programme.

 

Having considered all of the information, including known proposals, alternative options and reasons for recommendations, Cabinet noted the report and further to the earlier decision to establish a new SEMH school,

           

RESOLVED to:

 

Approve changes to the Children & Families Capital Programme (as set out in the report), including approval of;  

 

  1. A new scheme for the provision of a 75 place SEMH  Special School, funded by the transfer of £5.0 million from the approved basic need provision for Specialist Provision and £2.5 million from the Department for Education Specialist Provision Grant.

 

  1. A new scheme for the provision of additional places at Belmont Special School, funded by the transfer of £0.215 million from the approved High Needs Specialist Provision budget.

 

  1. A new scheme for improvements at the Cheltenham and Tewkesbury Alternative Provision School (CTAPS), funded by the transfer of £0.075 million funded from the approved SEND support in mainstream school budget.

Minutes:

Cllr Patrick Molyneux, Cabinet Member for Economy, Education and Skills, sought approval to make changes to the Children & Families Capital Programme.

 

Members attention was drawn to the 2018/19 Children & Families Capital Programme approved by Full Council in February 2018 and the 2019/20 Capital Programme approved in February 2019. Cllr Molyneux informed members that both schemes represented part of the councils ongoing commitment to investing £120 million into new schools, improving buildings and expanding facilities at schools across Gloucestershire.

 

Cllr Molyneux reaffirmed that the council was committed to ensuring the right provision and support was available to all children and young people in Gloucestershire, including those with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities. He stated that the three schemes referred to in this report would enable the council to continue to improve the level and quality of support available to the county’s children and young people.

 

Referring to consideration of the previous item and the proposal to establish a new school for children with social, emotional and mental health needs, Cllr Molyneux suggested that the new school would not only enable the council to provide more bespoke high quality facilities from which to provide support to some of the county’s most vulnerable pupils but would also help reduce the council’s revenue expenditure by providing better provision and in closer proximity to where the pupils lived.

 

Describing the proposal as a further demonstration of the council’s commitment to investing in education, cabinet members spoke in support of the changes and welcomed the proposals.

 

Having considered all of the information, including known proposals, alternative options and reasons for recommendations, Cabinet noted the report and further to the earlier decision to establish a new SEMH school,

           

RESOLVED to:

 

Approve changes to the Children & Families Capital Programme (as set out in the report), including approval of; 

 

  1. A new scheme for the provision of a 75 place SEMH  Special School, funded by the transfer of £5.0 million from the approved basic need provision for Specialist Provision and £2.5 million from the Department for Education Specialist Provision Grant.

 

  1. A new scheme for the provision of additional places at Belmont Special School, funded by the transfer of £0.215 million from the approved High Needs Specialist Provision budget.

 

  1. A new scheme for improvements at the Cheltenham and Tewkesbury Alternative Provision School (CTAPS), funded by the transfer of £0.075 million funded from the approved SEND support in mainstream school budget.