Statutory Proposal for Boarshaw Community Primary School to create a permanent SEN resourced provision for Children with Speech, Language and Communication Needs

Closed 17 Jan 2024

Opened 20 Dec 2023


Rochdale Council is now consulting on a proposal to provide additional SEN primary school places at Boarshaw Community Primary School in a permanent resourced provision with effect from February 2024.

The proposal is to create a permanent SEN resourced provision at Boarshaw Community Primary School. This will provide up to an additional 12 places for children with Speech, Language and Communication Needs. The new resourced provision will be in a specially adapted teaching space with qualified SEN staff and aim to support children in order for them to have specialised education while being within a mainstream school.

Cabinet approval of the Educational Sufficiency Strategy for education placements across mainstream and Special Educational Needs schools within the borough was sought and approved on the 27th June 2023 (Agenda for Cabinet on Tuesday, 27th June, 2023, 6.00 pm (

Rochdale Council has a statutory duty under section 14 of the Education Act 1996, to ensure there is a sufficiency of school places available to meet the needs of all children and young people living within our authority. This includes having regard to the need to secure provision for children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). In addition, section 315 of the Education Act 1996 requires that arrangements for children with SEND be kept under review.

Consideration was given to the development of a series of Special School hubs and, of capital spend to provide accommodation at the Cabinet meeting on the 29th August 2023 (Agenda for Cabinet on Tuesday, 29th August, 2023, 6.00 pm (  

The SEN hub project aims to increase the number of pupils in specialist places within the borough. In hubs, attached to mainstream schools, pupils would be able to share some elements of mainstream school and be part of their community, while accessing specialist places with supporting SEN therapies such as speech and language therapy.


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