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Issue Date:-06 October 2008


Liverpool Donor Centre
Unit 6, 2 Moorfields (Entrance on Dale Street)
Monday/Thursday/Friday: 8.15am-3.30pm
Tuesday/Wednesday: 8.15am-7.30pm
Saturday: 9.15am-2.30pm

Monday 6.10.08
Wesley Methodist Church Hall
Corporation Street

Tuesday 7.10.08
St John Stone’s Parish Centre
7 Sandbrook Way
2.00pm-4.00pm & 5.30pm-7.30pm

Thursday 9.10.08
St Patrick’s Church Hall
Marshside Road
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Friday 10.10.08
St John’s Parochial Centre
Greenway Road
Appleton Village
2.00pm-4.00pm & 5.30pm-7.30pm

Monday 13.10.08
Masonic Hall
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Tuesday 14.10.08
Methodist Church Hall
Clipsley Lane/Station Road

Wednesday 15.10.08
St George’s Social Centre
Station Road
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Thursday 16.10.08
Leasowe Castle Hotel
Leasowe Road
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Friday 17.10.08
St Stephen’s Church Hall
11 Prenton Lane
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Saturday 18.10.08
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Monday 20.10.08
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406 Pensby Road
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Tuesday 21.10.08
All Hallow’s Church Hall
1 Greenhill Road
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Thursday 23.10.08
St Mary’s Millenium Centre
Meadow Lane
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Friday 24.10.08
Harrison Hall
Harrison Drive
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Sunday 26.10.08
Holy Trinity Parochial Centre
Hoghton Street

Monday 27.10.08
Wesley Methodist Church Hall
Corporation Street

Tuesday 28.10.08
All Saint’s Social Centre
Off High Street
2.00pm-4.00pm & 5.30pm-7.30pm

Wednesday 29.10.08
Bootle Town Hall
Trinity Road/Oriel Road
10.00am-12.00pm & 2.00pm-4.15pm

Thursday 30.10.08
Village Hall
School lane
10.00am-12.00pm & 2.00pm-4.15pm

Friday 31.10.08
Westbourne Hall Community Centre
Westbourne Road
2.00pm-4.00pm & 5.30pm-7.30pm

Parents consulted on special education

PARENTS are being invited to have their say on plans to invest millions of pounds in secondary special education in Liverpool.

The city council is launching a major consultation on plans to transform special education provision in the city, as part of the £485 million Building Schools for the Future (BSF) programme.

Under the proposals, many of the city’s secondary special schools will be co-located with mainstream schools, as part of the council’s commitment to educate all pupils alongside their peers whenever possible. 

It means children with special needs will be able to benefit from the same learning facilities that mainstream pupils enjoy, including modern ICT equipment, science labs and sports facilities.  Pupils with more complex needs for whom co-location with mainstream pupils is not appropriate will still receive the high level of specialist provision they need.  And special schools will receive significant investment across the board, providing improved, 21st century facilities which better target the individual needs of children and young people.

Parents are now being invited to air their views on the proposals.

If approved, the plans will pave the way for further significant investment in special schools across the city by 2013.

The city council’s executive member for children’s services, Councillor Keith Turner, said:- “Liverpool’s Building Schools for the Future programme is giving us a once-in-a-generation opportunity to transform education in the city.

We’re consulting extensively with schools, parents and pupils to make sure we get it right.

The plans for special schools are about giving every young person with special needs the best facilities, enabling them to be educated alongside their peers in mainstream schools wherever possible while enhancing the level of specialist education they receive.

If approved, these plans will result in massive investment in our special schools, providing every single child with special needs a modern, 21st century education, tailor-made to meet their needs.”

The council has already consulted with every secondary special school over the plans and has received the broad support of all governing bodies.

The council has also looked at trends over the past 5 years to identify what special school places will be needed in the city by the year 2013. They have found:-

• There will be an increased need for places for secondary age pupils with Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and less need for places for secondary age pupils with Complex Learning Difficulties (CLD).

• There will be less need for places for secondary aged pupils with Physical Disability (PD) with most of these pupils being accommodated in mainstream settings.

• There will be an increased need for places for secondary aged pupils with Severe Learning Difficulty (SLD) or Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty (PMLD).

3 special schools - Hope, Lower Lee and Ernest Cookson - fall under what is known as “Wave 2” of the government scheme, with work on brand new buildings due to be completed between 2009 and 2011, while the rest fall under “Wave 6”, and are expected be completed by 2013.

The plans being consulted on are based on the following proposals:-

Hope School, L27 co-locating with Gateacre Community Comprehensive.

Lower Lee and Abbott’s Lea schools, L25, co-locating with St Francis Xavier’s College.

Ernest Cookson, L12 would co-locate with West Derby Comprehensive.

Palmerston, L25, would co-locate with the proposed new Garston Academy by 2013, and additional places for children with physical disabilities would be provided at Broadgreen High.

Sandfield Park, L12, would offer more an increased number of places for children with severe learning difficulties from September 2009.

Redbridge High, L10, would co-locate with Fazakerley High School and Bank View High, L10.

Ashfield School, L16, would re-locate to the south site of the current Bank View High Special School.

Clifford Holroyde, L14 which serves children with behaviour, emotional and social difficulties would be maintained on its current site as the only non co-located special school.

Executive Director for Children’s Services, Stuart Smith, said:- “These proposals for special secondary education are designed to complement our plans for mainstream secondary schools under BSF.

They are aimed at providing special needs students with a high quality, inclusive education which gives them every opportunity to reach their full potential.

We want parents to be fully on-board with the plans and will be working closely with them to get their views and feedback.”

The special schools consultation runs until Friday 14 November 2008.

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