Major proposals to improve opportunities for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities are being debated by the county council.

More than 860 people contributed to plans for the local area SEND strategy through public consultation between January and March 2022, with more than 90 per cent agreeing with the proposed strategies.

The council aims to improve the outcomes for children with special educational needs and disabilities and develop a range of provisions to meet the requirements of these children and young people.

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The council also wants to improve education, learning and training opportunities for those over the age of 16 and ensure people have a good physical and mental health and wellbeing.

Councillor Liz Brighouse Oxfordshire County Council’s cabinet member for children, education and youth services, said: “We want children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities to receive the very best support at the right time for them. We want them to be able to access suitable education and to achieve their potential by being well prepared for a fulfilling, healthy adult life.”

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Detailed plans will now be developed by Oxfordshire County Council and its partners, including Oxfordshire’s NHS Clinical Commissioning Group. Schools, parents, and carers will also be involved in the next steps. The new strategy is set to be published in June.

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This story was written by Rebecca Whittaker, she joined the team in 2019 as a multimedia reporter.

Rebecca covers education and news in Abingdon and Wantage.

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