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***(UK) Essex: 3 SPED schools; more kids with "autism/social/emotional/mental health needs"

Feb 26, 2019, East Anglian Daily Times: Essex to build three new schools for children with special education needs https://www.eadt.co.uk/news/essex-to-build-new-schools-1-5907498 The council’s cabinet agreed on Tuesday to progress with three projects which will provide much-needed school places for children and young people with autism and social and emotional health needs in Essex – at no extra burden to county taxpayers. … This project will provide 209 new places in the county for children with autism and social and emotional mental health needs, 30 of which will be residential. … These projects all reuse existing education land. No land has had to be purchased for this project and the schools will all be centrally funded by £23m [$31M US dollars] in grants from the DfE…. Ray Gooding, council cabinet member for education, said: “The need for school places for children and young adults with autism and social and emotional mental health needs has been rising. We are determined to meet that need even though these are financially straitened times…. “These three exciting projects underline Essex’s desire to become an outstanding provider of education to all of its children and young people.”