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Coln House Special School

Volume 492: debated on Tuesday 12 May 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families whether he has received a proposal from Gloucestershire County Council to change the status of Coln House Special School. (274946)

I can confirm that the Secretary of State has not, to date, received a copy of a statutory proposal notice relating to Coln House Special School.

The responsibility for considering formal proposals about school organisation is a local decision making process and is the responsibility of the LA. The independent schools adjudicator considers any appeals against proposals being made by a LA.

The Department has introduced guidance for LAs and other proposers on “Planning and Developing Special Educational Needs Provision”. The guidance requires that when considering any reorganisation of special educational needs (SEN) provision proposers will need to demonstrate to parents, the local community and decision makers how the proposed alternative arrangements are likely to lead to improvements in the standard, quality and/or range of educational provision for children with SEN.