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Smoothing the path of educational transition

School estates and facilities managers are being offered a simple solution to adapt their premises for special needs pupils

Posted by Stephanie Broad | July 22, 2016 | Supplier News

Recent figures from the DfE reaffirm that not only is the number of children with special needs, with and without statements, going into mainstream education rising, but those continuing their higher education up to at least 19 is now actually more than non-disabled students, and those going to University is also increasing. Today, more than 1.5million of the 8.4million pupils in England have special needs.

To help address their special pastoral needs- i.e. going to the toilet- a special package has been developed by Clos-o-Mat. Design advice including Department of Education best practice, technical support including white papers, CAD blocks and video, through to survey, supply, installation, commissioning and subsequent service and maintenance can all be accessed through one source. 

“Everyone is different, so everyone’s needs are different, requiring a specialised approach to each individual scenario,” explains Kelvin Grimes, Clos-o-Mat’s away from home toilets project manager.

“For one Council-led project we have done recently, for example, across 12 schools, the needs were met by adaptations ranging from a paediatric support over a WC through to a fully Building Bulletin compliant hygiene room/care suite- all of which we were able to execute expediently and in full consultation with all relevant professionals involved. As a result, children with special needs in the county have been able to start, and move school, without worrying about suitable toilet provision., It may seem a small thing to many of us, but it makes a huge difference in helping smooth their transition.” 

Clos-o-Mat resources can be accessed at, by emailing or by calling 0161 969 1199.

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