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(UK) Copeland: "Limited places" at special school; dozens denied places

April 3, 2021, Cumberland News: MP talks to staff and pupils about special education needs places in Whitehaven https://www.newsandstar.co.uk/news/19207120.mp-talks-staff-pupils-special-education-needs-places-whitehaven/

NW England Copeland MP Trudy Harrison has backed a campaign by parents to fight for places at a SEN school in Whitehaven. Trudy visited Mayfield School and met with staff, pupils and headteacher, Sam Kidd. She saw first hand the facilities available at the school. and was able to discuss special educational needs places…. The visit followed a campaign led by local parents to secure their children a place at the SEN school after they were originally denied one by Cumbria County Council due to limited places. During the campaign, the Copeland MP called for an urgent meeting with Cumbria County Council’s assistant director after dozens of parents contacted her after receiving the news that their children had not been given a place. Following the parents’ fight, the local authority worked to find a place for the pupils who had not been given a place…. Trudy added: “71% of pupils and students at Mayfield have autism, so it is vitally important that we do all we can to increase our understanding and awareness, and campaigns including World Autism Awareness Week work to do just that, ultimately helping to make the world a much friendlier and comfortable place for the 700,000 people living with autism in the UK.”