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(UK) Bromley: 29% increase in SPED plans in 2 yrs; new special school planned

June 16, 2020, Kent News Shopper: Consultation on plans for new Riverside school site opened https://www.newsshopper.co.uk/news/18520914.consultation-plans-new-riverside-school-site-opened/ Plans to form a new satellite school site to keep up with swelling demand for specialist education in Bromley have been published, with locals’ opinions on the potential move wanted. … The new expansion would join the school’s existing sites at St Paul’s Cray and Beckenham, with the council saying it would provide an additional 60 places for local students with special educational needs. According to the council, ballooning numbers of children with Education, Health and Care Plans have far outweighed projected increases in recent years. “Since 2018 there has been a 28.5 per cent increase in the number of Education, Health and Care Plans issued in Bromley against a projected increase of 7 per cent across the four years from 2018 to 2022,” council documents state. The authority states there is a particular shortage of places for children with profound and multiple learning difficulties (PMLD) or severe learning difficulty (SLD). “The council needs to take action to ensure that children with an EHC plan who require this type of provision are able to access an appropriate school place in September 2020 and beyond,” documents say. “The expansion of Riverside School will help Bromley Council meet this need through increasing the capacity of the school from 259 to 319 places.”...