Bob welcomes extra SEND funding on the Island

MP Bob Seely today welcomed at least £115,000 in extra government money for the Island to help with extra places and facilities for special educational needs pupils.

The cash is part of a £50 million funding boost for councils. Bob has lobbied ministers to provide more money on the Island for SEND pupils and he hopes the amount will rise when more detail is known.

“It is important children with special educational needs and disabilities and their families have more choice and that government has recognised there is increasing demand for this type of education on the Isle of Wight and across the country,” said Bob.

“This money is welcome news that will allow more children to reach their potential. I have spoken to ministers at length about the situation on the Island and I have met with SEND parents on several occasions. I will be continuing to fight for more resources on their behalf.

“My understanding is that half of councils will actually receive £225,000 to increase places and improve schools with every council receiving the £115,000, so there is a hope the Island will receive more money in due course.”