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pounds 9M bill to school pupils over border pounds 9M; Bosses defend transport and tuition fees.



Byline: MARTIN WILLIAMS Martin T. Williams (1924–1992) was born in Richmond, Virginia. He was a critic, specializing in jazz and American popular culture. He wrote for major jazz magazines, notably Down Beat, cofounded The Jazz Review  

EDUCATION chiefs are spending millions of pounds every year sending children to school in neighbouring counties.

North Wales North Wales (known in some archaic texts as Northgalis) is the northernmost unofficial region of Wales, bordered to the south by Mid Wales and to the east by England.  councils forked out around pounds 9m last year in transport, residency A duration of stay required by state and local laws that entitles a person to the legal protection and benefits provided by applicable statutes.

States have required state residency for a variety of rights, including the right to vote, the right to run for public office, the
 and tuition fees to educate their pupils at out-of-county schools and special needs units.

Denbighshire County Council Denbighshire County Council is the governing body for the principal area of Denbighshire (not historic Denbighshire), one of the administrative subdivisions of Wales.  spent pounds 2.2m, and over the last five years has paid more than pounds 12.1m sending youngsters elsewhere to be educated.

Over the same period, Wrexham's total was pounds 8.6m, Conwy pounds 7.5m, Anglesey pounds 4.7m, Flintshire pounds 3.9m, and Gwynedd pounds 2m.

Much of the money pays to bus children with special needs to specialist centres - such as pupils from Denbighshire, who travel to Ysgol y Gogarth in Craig y Don, near Llandudno.

Vale of Clwyd AM Ann Jones said the number of children with special needs bussed out of Denbighshire could be as few as 11, and questioned why the figures were so high.

One Denbighshire parent, who wished to remain anonymous, is annoyed her child has to travel for up to 90 minutes on a minibus min·i·bus  
n. pl. min·i·bus·es or min·i·bus·ses
A small bus typically used for short trips.


minibus
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a small bus

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 to be educated in a different county.

She said: "My child loves it at her school, the staff are brilliant and do a good job. However, the journey back and to is often too much.

"What's needed is a proper and more wide-ranging provision for children with special needs in Denbighshire, and other authorities in North Wales." Ms Jones said the closure of Hyfrydle residential centre for children with autism autism (ô`tĭzəm), developmental disability resulting from a neurological disorder that affects the normal functioning of the brain. It is characterized by the abnormal development of communication skills, social skills, and reasoning. , which shut its doors just months after opening in Denbigh, won't have helped.

"Transporting children with special needs out of the area is not ideal, though there are obviously cases where there is no choice," she said. "Taking these youngsters out of their surroundings because of their needs can make things more complicated for them." A spokesman for Denbighshire said: "We take the education of all our pupils very seriously. Some students require specialist care which is not available in Denbighshire. To ensure they receive the best education for their needs, they attend the most appropriate out of county provision available. " "All cases are looked at closely on an individual basis and the amount of money spent is appropriate to ensure that the education needs of an individual child are met." A Conwy spokeswoman said it only placed individuals out of the area if they need highly specialised placements that they can't provide, while Gwynedd's education department said: "The majority of Gwynedd pupils who have special educational needs are delivered by special schools at Ysgol Pendalar, Caernarfon, and Ysgol Hafon Lon in Y Ffor ,and specialists units at Ty Meirion and Ty Aran in Dolgellau.

"These schools provide an excellent level of education for over 120 pupils..

martin.williams@dailypost.co.uk "However, due to the particular specialist needs of some pupils, it is necessary for those pupils with acute special educational needs to attend the regional North Wales facility for children with autism at Ysgol Bron Dyffryn in Denbighshire.

"The disabilities of a small number of Gwynedd pupils require specialist provision which is not available within Gwynedd. Pupils are then located in the most appropriate facilities." Opinion - Page 14
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
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Date:Apr 20, 2009
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