Consultation opens on Special Schools Review

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Kent County Council (KCC) is asking for views as part of its review of our maintained special schools.

Proposals have been made to ensure all Kent’s maintained special schools are admitting and educating children and young people with the most complex needs.

In the consultation launched earlier this week we set out the proposed future designations of special schools, the supporting admission guidance and a model of “school-to-school” support.

The designation of a special school shows the specific category of need for which it caters.

KCC’s Corporate Director for Children, Young People and Education, Sarah Hammond, said: “Our aim is to prepare children and young people with severe and complex special educational needs for adulthood by providing a special school place as close to their local community as possible.

“By designating our schools, we can make sure they have trained staff, special resources and facilities to reflect the type of need they support.

“We want to hear from those people whose experience can help shape our approach.”

You can have your say by visiting before Wednesday 31st July.

If you have any questions or require any of the consultation material in hard copy, please email

For alternative formats and languages, please email or call 03000 421553 (text relay service number: 18001 03000 421553). This number goes to an answering machine, which is monitored during office hours.