Residential Special Schools consultation
The Ministry has developed an intensive wraparound special education service for students with complex behaviour, social and education needs as well as those with complex needs associated with intellectual impairment. The introduction of the new service will impact on the future role of residential special schools. Earlier in 2012 the Ministry sought feedback on what the role of the schools should be. Consultation closed on Friday 15 June 2012.
The consultation document outlines the development of a new intensive wraparound special education service and how it is likely to affect Residential Special Schools. Feedback on the consultation document is now closed. You can still download and read the consultation document in the ‘Related downloads’ section at the bottom of this page.
The Residential Special Schools consultation document references a range of documents. Links to these documents are available below.
All feedback was logged, analysed and considered by the Ministry. A document summarising the feedback received is available in the 'Related downloads' section at the bottom of this page. See 'Residential Special Schools - Response to consultation'. Feedback received has informed decisions on the future of residential special schools.
See the Minister's media release - preliminary decision
Read the Minister's media release about the preliminary decision on the future of residential special schools.
See the Minister's media releases – final decision and Salisbury judicial review
Read the Minister’s media release about the final decision on the future of residential special schools.
Note: Salisbury school applied for a judicial review of the process relating to the Minister’s decision to close the school. The reserved judgement by the High Court has raised issues that the Minister will need to reconsider and so Salisbury school will stay open in 2013. Read the Minister’s media release
Intensive Wraparound Service
The Intensive Wraparound Service (IWS) is a regional service run by the Ministry of Education. It is based on the successful Intensive Behaviour Service (IBS) which was introduced by the Ministry in 2010.
Find out more about the Intensive Wraparound Service (IWS).
Read the Questions and answers about the Intensive Wraparound Service.
If you have any questions please email email@example.com or phone 0800 776 552.
Advice to the Minister
During 2012 a number of papers were provided to the Minister and to the Cabinet on the future of residential special schools. These documents are available below.