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(UK) E. Sussex County plans for TWO NEW SPED SCHOOLS; "support for pupils with ASD"

Oct 18, 2018, Sussex Express: Special needs facilities planned for Hailsham and Peacehaven schools https://www.sussexexpress.co.uk/news/education/special-needs-facilities-planned-for-hailsham-and-peacehaven-schools-1-8674316 East Sussex County Council is moving ahead with plans to set up new facilities for children with Special Educational Needs (SEN) at schools in Peacehaven and Hailsham. Two proposals which could see specialist in-school facilities set up at Peacehaven Heights Primary School and Grovelands Community Primary School in Hailsham, were approved by Bob Standley, East Sussex County Council’s lead member for education, on Thursday (October 18). The meeting heard how both facilities would provide in-school support for pupils with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) who are between the ages of seven and 11 . Commenting on the plans Cllr Standley (Con. – Wealden North East) said: “I am very supportive of this, as you would expect. … Before approving the plans, he was told there had been a ‘dramatic’ increase in need for facilities of this kind. This was as the number of children diagnosed with ASD had increased significantly in recent years, officers said….