Provision of high needs specialist post-16 education and training approved

Barnsley Council’s cabinet has agreed to commission a specialist education and training provider for Barnsley’s young people aged 16 to 24 who have special educational needs so they no longer have to travel out of the borough to achieve their potential. 

The new post-16 specialist education and training provider will meet the needs of young people with Education Health and Care Plans (EHCP), with complex Autism (ASC) or Social Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH) needs.

Currently, there are no providers of this type in Barnsley meaning young people have to access their education elsewhere.

In this current academic year before the coronavirus social distancing measures came into effect, 28 young people with ASC or SEMH had been accessing out of borough and numbers are forecasted to continue to grow year-on-year.

On Wednesday 15 April Barnsley Council’s cabinet approved the new commission of a provider of these services within the borough for at least the next three years meaning they will no longer need to travel out of the borough for their education and training.

Cllr Tim Cheetham, Cabinet Spokesperson for Place (Regeneration and Culture) said: “Commissioning this new provider within Barnsley ensures we can meet the needs of our young people where they live, here in our borough. This improved accessibility of education and training will help us to make sure all our young people can achieve their potential.”

The full cabinet report can be read here.

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