(UK) Croydon: $144M (US) for more SPED places in local schools

Jan 22, 2018, (UK) Croydon Advertiser: These are the schools being built and expanded in Croydon to cope with the demand for places Croydon Council has outlined exactly how it is going to provide school places in the next three years for children in the borough - with several new primary and secondary schools planned. A new Education Estates Strategy report has put forward how the local authority plans to spend £106.72m to ensure there are enough places for youngsters in Croydon. With this huge sum, the council plans on providing 240 additional reception places and 360 additional year seven places by expanding current schools in the borough, while four new free schools - which do not come under the control of the council - are planned by other agencies. … The report also detailed how the council has a responsibility to provide school places within the borough for children with special needs or a disability. Currently, 70 per cent of children over the age of 16 with special needs (SEN) are currently travelling outside of Croydon to receive their education, due to a lack of facilities in the borough, the report said. In order to deal with that lack of facilities, two free SEN schools are set to open in the south of the borough, one with between 120 and 150 places for pupils with autism set to open in 2019, and another for over-19s with profound and multiple learning disabilities. … “We have some really exciting projects planned to deliver excellence in education, in particular our new special school for children with special educational needs aged 2-19 years which will significantly improve life chances for these young people locally.”