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(UK) Darlington: New autism school approved

Mar 5, 2023, (UK) BBC News: Darlington school for autistic pupils approved by government https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-tees-64855224.amp N.

N. England


A free school will be built to ensure children with special educational needs and disabilities get the help they need earlier.

Darlington Borough Council's bid for the facility to support pupils with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) has been approved by the government.

Up to 48 full-time places will be provided for pupils aged 11-19.

Cabinet member for young people Jon Clarke said there was a "growing need" for specialist places in the area….

In February a BBC report found many special schools were overcrowded and oversubscribed.

'Falls short'

On Thursday the Department for Education published its long-awaited improvement plan to provide high-quality, early support to children across England.

Current provision has been criticised for not being consistent across the country….

However, campaigners and education bosses have warned the government's plan to assess children's needs and help them access support more quickly "falls short" of the urgent reforms needed.

School leaders welcomed the plans, but said the "desperately needed" new schools "will take years to build".


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