St John's Catholic Primary School

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There will be a meeting with Lancashire representatives in the school hall on Monday 11th October at 2.30pm as part of the informal consultation process for an SEN unit at St John's; this is an opportunity for stakeholders to ask questions.

An informal consultation begins on the 1st October 2021, consulting views on developing a special educational needs unit within our school...it is important that you have your say...

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Lancashire has fewer places in special educational needs (SEN) units compared with other local authorities. In January 2020 the Council approved the development of SEN units in mainstream schools in Lancashire so that more children and young people can get the specialist support they need in a mainstream school closer to their home.

One of the areas in which SEN units are needed for children is Ormskirk / Skelmersdale and this is why we are thinking about whether we should develop an SEN unit for children with social communication and interaction needs in our school.

At the moment this proposal is at a very early stage of development and we would really like to find out what families, staff, governors and other interested members of the local community think about this idea. In order to do this we are starting an informal consultation on 1st October, that will run for 6 weeks until 7th November 2021. More information about the proposal can be found here . You can also give your views and ask any questions about this proposal using the same link and filling in the questionnaire. You can get the same information in a booklet if you contact the school office.

We are also arranging a meeting for anyone who would like to find out more about this proposal during the informal consultation period. A member of Lancashire County Council's Inclusion Service will also be at the meeting to answer any questions you may have with me and other members of school staff/governing body. Information on the arrangements for this and how to access the meeting will follow in due course.

We would very much like to hear your views about this proposal and so hope that you are able to attend the meeting and/or fill in the questionnaire. Please do get in touch with Mrs. Aspinwall-Livesey at the school or Lancashire County Council by email Inclusion.South@Lancashire.gov.uk or phone 01772 531597 if you would like any more information about this. We look forward to hearing from you.