Ebor Academy Trust is joining forces with City of York Council to provide an additional Enhanced Resource Provision (ERP) for young children with communication and interaction needs in York.
The new provision, to be introduced at Lakeside Primary Academy, on Clifton Moor, will run on the same lines as the flourishing provision at Haxby Road Primary Academy.
“This is good news. It’s an outcome of our comprehensive, city-wide inclusion review which has focused on improving in-city provision for children and young people with SEND. The Lakeside ERP will follow an existing, very successful model in supporting children with communication and interaction needs to attend a mainstream school,” said Maxine Squire, assistant director of education at City of York Council.
“We will be developing the working partnership with Ebor Academy Trust and building on the success of the provision at Haxby Road.”
It is expected that the new ERP will open in September 2023. An indicative budget of £1.4m has been assigned by the council to the project.
“We are delighted to be working alongside City of York Council, helping provide a valuable resource, this time for younger children,” said Ebor’s chief executive Gail Brown. “It is testimony to Lucy Battersby – head of Haxby Road ERP – and her team, that the new provision will follow the same model and bring genuine and long-lasting benefit for children at Lakeside as it does at Haxby Road.”
Admission to the new enhanced resource provision at Lakeside will be part of the special educational needs admissions process.
Five years ago, Haxby Road’s ERP was one of only six in the country to be accredited as a centre of excellence. It scored top marks for supporting parents, young people and families; enhancing and adapting the environment; developing the workforce; identifying need; and providing appropriate intervention.