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(UK) Croydon, England: "...demand for children with autism and learning difficulties"

July 29, 2017, Croydon Advertiser (UK): Provider is being sought for a new school for children with autism in New Addington http://www.croydonadvertiser.co.uk/provider-is-being-sought-for-a-new-school-for-children-with-autism-in-new-addington/story-30461345-detail/story.html Croydon Council has launched a competition to find a provider for a new school in New Addington to meet demand for places for children with autism and learning difficulties. The borough, which has the largest youth population of any London borough, has seen the number of young people with special educational needs (SEN) and needing a council care plan increase from 1,800 to 2,500 in the last seven years, according to the council. … A free school is funded by the government but is not run by a local council and instead can be run by other organisations such as charities or businesses. However, the council has worked with the DfE to put together criteria for a new provider and has provisionally identified a site in Lodge Lane for the new 150-place special school for children aged between two and 19 years of age with autism spectrum disorder. Councillor Alisa Flemming, cabinet member for children, young people and learners, said: "We are delighted the DfE have included Croydon in this exciting project and we're keen to hear from any organisation which has the skills and expertise to deliver the specialist services needed by many young people in the borough." …