The Government has announced a £280 million investment fund for children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) in England.

Councils will receive the funding to create new places in schools, academies, colleges and early years settings.

The funding will improve existing provision to create modern, fit-for-purpose spaces suited to a wider range of pupil needs. This could be by contributing to the cost of creating a whole new special school, or by improving accessibility, such as installing ramps, handrails or ceiling hoists.

Minister for the School System, Baroness Berridge, said: "It is so important that all children and young people, whatever their background, are able to attend a good school that helps them thrive and gives them the building blocks they need to go on to fulfil their potential.

"For pupils with more complex needs or disabilities, it is especially important that the right facilities and support are in place at whatever school they attend, so they can learn in a modern, adaptable environment."

"This funding will help councils provide targeted support to level up outcomes for some of their most vulnerable pupils."