July 27, 2017, TES (London): Bids open to create 19 new free schools for children with SEND https://www.tes.com/news/school-news/breaking-news/bids-open-create-19-new-free-schools-children-send The government has opened bids for 19 new free schools for children with special educational needs or a disability. The new schools will be created to meet specific needs in 19 local authorities, and the specifications have been developed by the local authorities, with the Department for Education. … The DfE said the schools would create 1,600 new special free-school places. The specifications published today include a 150-place school in Croydon for children aged 2 to 19 with autism spectrum disorder, and a 200-place school in Bedford…. The new schools are part of the wave of 131 new free schools announced in April 2017.