Special Educational Needs – investing for the future

Posted on February 1st, by editor in Caring Times. No Comments

The recent acquisition of Hesley (South)¹s group of special needs schools by GI Partners for more than £100 million has brought to the fore a new area of the care sector. The special educational needs (SEN) sector has been viewed with caution by investors, not least because many of these schools are looking after some of the most vulnerable children in society and are therefore, rightly, required to do so in staff and capital intensive environments, more so than, for example, in the case of general elderly care. After some years of investing in niches such as SEN, we disagree. It is not a question of making money versus providing the best services for children most at need; it is a question of making money through providing the best. Reputation and track record are fundamental in this sector. The most successful operators have achieved success by offering what families and local authorities want most, by charging realistically for this and, through developing small groups of schools, achieving centres of ex

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