Special-needs funding boost for 2 Jewish schools

BURY and Whitefield Jewish Primary School and North Cheshire Jewish Primary School are the latest recipients of funding to support Jewish children with special educational needs and disabilities in Manchester.

The Delamere Charitable Trust has awarded grants to secure provision at these schools for the current academic year.

The funding counteracts the cuts to publicly-funded SEND provision across schools nationwide, which has led to a loss of specialist staff and a lack of progression in pupils requiring additional support at school.

North Cheshire has been awarded £8,775 for a part-time specialist SEND teacher to support pupils with higher levels of SEND.

Bury and Whitefield has been awarded £5,550 for a part-time specialist mindfulness expert to deliver a programme of mindfulness and resilience training to all pupils.

Karen Sulman, specialist educational needs co-ordinator at North Cheshire, said: “The funding has enabled us to provide much-needed specialist support for our pupils.

“Our specialist teacher also supports our teachers and teaching assistants, contributing to children’s personalised provision within the school.

“It is very difficult to secure funding for this kind of

project. It would not have been possible without the Delamere grant.”

BWJPS headteacher Claire Simon said: “This funding is not a luxury — it is a much needed service. Without the professional help, the children using the service wouldn’t have been as comfortable as they are now.”

Pupils benefiting from SEND have an array of needs, including those with specific learning difficulties, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Autistic Spectrum Disorder, dyspraxia, speech and language difficulties, and social, emotional and mental health difficulties.

Delamere Charitable Trust chairman Malcolm Joels said: “We recognise that state school funding has been relentlessly squeezed in recent years.

“So we decided the needs of children in our Manchester Jewish schools must still be met.

“We know how important it is for children to receive appropriate support as early as possible in their lives.”

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