New specialist teaching facility is taking shape
WORK is due to begin this month on a Specialist Teaching Facility (STF) at Bishopston Comprehensive School which is designed to meet the needs of pupils with speech, language and communication difficulties and anxiety.
Eighteen children with speech, language and communication difficulties will eventually be educated in the brand new facility, seven of whom will start in the autumn term.
The new STF is part of the Council's QEd (Quality in Education) 2020 programme and is being established by Swansea Council in response to growing demand in the west of Swansea for pupils with these needs.
Cllr Mike Day, Swansea Council's Cabinet Member for Education, said: "We have a proven track record in Swansea for including children with a variety of special educational needs within mainstream school settings.
"This will be a well-designed and equipped facility that will significantly enhance provision for pupils with speech, language and communication needs in the secondary sector in the west of Swansea."
The STF will be part of the school with specially-designed facilities for pupils with particular needs enabling them, where appropriate, to access mainstream school activities which support them in their learning alongside pupils of the same age.
Construction of the new STF is expected to start at the end of this month with some site clearance work having already been carried out over the spring half-term.
The project team will continue to work with the school throughout the project to make sure that every effort is made to minimise disruption to pupils, staff and parents as well as local residents in the Bishopston area.
The scheme is being delivered by Swansea Council's Corporate Building and Property Services.
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