Near £150million cash boost to help improve county school care - The Evesham Observer

Near £150million cash boost to help improve county school care

Evesham Editorial 20th Mar, 2023   0

COUNCIL chiefs have pledged nearly £150 million to Worcestershire Children First to improve the lives of county’s children and young people

Of the £146million ear-marked, more than £60million will be spent on placements, making sure children are provided with the level of care and support they need.

In excess of £22million will be invested to help children get to and from school and improve the current home to school transport offer to children and parents.

The funding will help ease significant pressures, which are not unique to Worcestershire, in mainstream home to school transport and special educational needs (SEN) transport services.

More than £45 million is being spent to build a new secondary school for Worcester, which will ensure children can access a secondary school place within their local community in a growing city.

Coun Tracey Onslow, cabinet member for Education, said “We know children and young people are Worcestershire’s future and we know that having a great start in life sets the foundations for them to achieve their full potential.

“Our budget provides the right support, combining a continued focus on improving life experiences, with help to ensure they lead happy and healthy lives and further support as they transition to adulthood.”

Further additional funding of £14million which was announced in the Autumn Statement to support additional pressures in the county’s schools.

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