(UK) Bedfordshire: Special schools "over-capacity"; 20% increase in students in 2 yrs

June 8, 2018, (UK) Dunstable Today: Over-capacity special schools in Dunstable to benefit from a share of £1.6m Government funding Central Beds Council is consulting on proposals to improve school provision for children and young people with special needs after being allocated the cash by the Department for Education. The funding, which will be made in annual instalments of around £500,000 over three years, can only be used to invest in adapting or expanding buildings and facilities. ... A recent capacity review of special education needs provision showed that all four special schools are over capacity, while a significant 20 per cent increase over the last two years in the number of local children with special needs has added more pressure on these schools. The council is now consulting on proposals to make some changes internally and add a new modular building to Chiltern Special School. This will increase the number of pupils with more complex needs, such as Autism Spectrum Disorder, that can be accommodated in the school And it is consulting on creating one additional classroom at Weatherfield Academy to cater for a greater number of children with more significant needs and to place children in classrooms according to their needs.