10 May 2012 Last updated at 00:00

Views sought on special and additional educational needs services

A consultation on plans to expand and relocate special and additional educational needs services on the Isle of Wight starts tomorrow (Friday 11 May).

The Isle of Wight Council is seeking feedback on plans to relocate services currently delivered at Clatterford and Thompson House tuition centres, Newport to a single site at Berry Hill, Lake (former Broadlea Primary School site). It is also proposing to create a new centre at Love Lane, Cowes for children and young people of primary and secondary school age with behaviour, social and emotional difficulties.

Additionally, the council is asking for views on whether support services – such as Early Years, mental health team and behaviour support service should be located within the new centres.

Learn more at public meetings

Two meetings have been arranged to provide residents with an opportunity to learn more about the plans and ask questions.

15 May - 6.30pm, Broadlea Primary School, Berry Hill, Lake, Sandown PO36 9LH.

16 May – 7.30pm, Lanesend Primary School, Love Lane, Cowes PO31 7ET. (Please note new start time - this event was previously advertised to start at 6.30pm.)

A meeting specifically for the parents of children currently attending Clatterford and Thompson House tuition centres will also be held in May. Parents are being written to with meeting details.

Short survey

A short survey has been compiled to gather views on the proposals. It can be completed online from Friday at the council’s website here: http://www.iwight.com/council/consultation/activeco.asp

Paper copies of the survey are available on request by calling the schools and learning business support team on 814680.

Alternatively people can email their views to relocation.consultation@iow.gov.uk or write to the council and return views to County Hall, marked for the attention of the commissioner for SEN and alternative provision, c/o Schools and learning business support.

To post a response, residents are asked to mark their envelopes ‘consultation response’ and send it to:

Commissioner for SEN and alternative provision schools and learning division
County Hall
Isle of Wight
PO30 1UD

The closing date for comments is Thursday 21 June.

The decision to consult on proposals was made by the council’s cabinet member for children’s services and education, Councillor Dawn Cousins, last week. The report can be viewed on the council’s website here: http://www.iwight.com/council/what_is_a_council/images/delegated-sen.pdf

The council is proposing to relocate and expand services
The council is proposing to relocate and expand services
  • Clatterford and Thompson House tuition centres work in conjunction with other professionals to give support to children who, for a variety of reasons, are unable to attend school.
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