Building communities of specialist provision


A £50m investment in Lincolnshire’s special schools will improve Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) support for local children and young people.

The building communities of specialist provision strategy will bring major improvements to special schools. It will create an integrated system where pupils attend the nearest school, where EHC needs are met.

The changes will:

  • reduce long travel times for students
  • improve provision
  • increase the number of school places

Lincolnshire special schools will have more places to meet the increasing demand. The premises will meet all types of needs and disabilities

Children and young people with SEND can attend a special school in their local community. They will no longer have to travel to get to an appropriate school.

We have been developing a new model for special education. We are working with special school leaders and the Lincolnshire Parent Carer Forum.

Improvements will include:

  • an £86m investment in facilities at special schools to meet all needs
  • building a new special school in Lincoln and expanding several others
  • an increase of over 500 special school places to meet demand
  • developing special school satellites at some mainstream schools
  • ensuring that special schools cater for all needs and disabilities so pupils can go to their nearest one
  • providing extra training in all schools to support pupils with SEND

Download the capital spend for the project spreadsheet