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SEND Schools Capital Funding

Special Educational Needs and Disability


In March 2017 the Department for Education (DfE) announced all LA’s would receive a share of the special provision fund, to make capital investments in provision for pupils with special educational needs and disabilities.

The DfE announced further funding in May 2018 and December 2018 taking the total investment in this fund to £365 million.


Current progress

Please see the updated Department of Education Special Provision Plan template for further information on how the schemes have progressed through 2020 into 2021.

Delamere School

Provision of toilets to support the needs of ambulant pupils as the geographical primary special school model takes effect.  The aim is to provide special education needs provision in three primary special schools across Trafford so that children can access local provision.

Pictor School

Provision of hoists in both KS1 and KS2 to support the needs of non-ambulant pupils as the geographical primary special school model takes effect. Hoists in various locations including sensory room, classrooms that link into hygiene rooms.  The aim is to provide special education needs provision in three primary special schools across Trafford so that children can access local provision.

Manor Academy

Increase provision by 25 places, including a change in the sixth form age range to include a 3rd year (ages 16 to 19 years). Redevelopment of the existing Sale West Development Centre into 4 classrooms to allow multi-use of this area and support increase in pupil numbers and age range.

Egerton High School

Provide a nurture class and outdoor area for year 7 and 8 pupils to aid their transition. Phase 1 - Adaptations to existing classroom to create a nuture class for transtion into Year 7 and fencing to create a secure outdoor area. Phase 2 - Further development of the outdoor area to create a "primary" feel.

Provision of mobile accommodation to support increase in pupil numbers. 3 separate temporary classrooms, one will act as a reflection space and allow the redevelopment of the Schools fitness suite, the others will be used as therapy suites. 

Lostock College

Expansion of existing Small Specialist Class (SSC) which runs as a resourced provision with pupils accessing mainstream (where appropriate) but having the HUB for teaching, support and intervention. A new classroom is being created attached to the existing SSC and will allow for an additional 7-8 places. Building works are planned for Summer 2021.

Wellfield Infant School

Internal improvements to create a sensory area for their Small Specialist Class (SSC).

Broomwood Primary School

To provide a multi-sensory room within the pre-school environment to support pupils with complex needs.

Longford Park School

Internal building adaptations to increase pupil number. Along with contribution towards improvements to create a Multi-Use games external play area.

Gorse Hill Studios

Contribution to support setting with 2 projects which will service young people aged between 8 and 25. To create an accessible training kitchen and new accessible music studio rooms.

New Autism Spectrum Condition Classes 

For two mainstream secondary schools for between 10 to 15 pupils per class with additional support from Educational Psychology, Speech and Language Therapy, Occupational Therapy and Healthy Young Minds. Pupils will be able to access a mainstream curriculum. Currently pupils have to travel outside Trafford to access this type of provision.


Consultation and engagement activities

As per DfE Guidance consultation has to take place with parents and carers, schools and all other providers who offer special education provision to children and young people in Trafford.

No further consultation was undertaken in 2020 as all capital funding was allocated to projects following the 2018 and 2019 consultations with building work ongoing since.

Online consultations:

These ran from 13 March 2019 to 26 April 2019 and 16 February 2018 to 9 March 2018.

They were promoted to:

  • Parent carers via Trafford Council website, Trafford's SEND Local Offer and social media channels for Trafford FIS, Trafford SENDIASS and Trafford Parents Forum
  • SENCOs via emails
  • Colleges and PRUS via emails
  • Schools via Schools e-bulletin
  • Early Years providers via In the Loop e-bulletin

Young People and Parent Carer events

We engaged with Young People at their annual Let's Talk SEND Conferences that took place on the 7 March 2019 and 1 March 2018. 

Drop In events for Parent Carers run by Trafford Parents Forum were also attended.

There was also a "You said, We did" session to provide feedback from the 2018 conference along with a group activity to engage with young people on the 2019 proposals. 


Our 2018 online consultation received 63 responses received. Overall 133 agreed with individual scheme proposals and 13 disagreed with individual scheme proposals.

Our 2019 online consultation received 28 responses received. Overall 68 agreed with individual scheme proposals, 3 disagreed with individual scheme proposals. 

Feedback from the consultations showed a good level of support for the schemes outlined by the LA.

Feedback from the conferences showed a good level of support for the schemes outlined in the 2019 consultation document.

View the 2019 SEND Consultation results

View the 2018 SEND Consultation results