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(UK) Essex: SPED school wins award; county spends $147M (U.S.) due to surge in autism diagnoses

June 8, 2020, Essex Daily Gazette: Lexden Springs School wins social impact award A SCHOOL which cares for children with special educational needs has been given a prestigious award. The Royal Institution for Chartered Surveyors has announced the winners of its inaugural RICS Social Impact Awards for the East of England. Top prize in the education category went to Lexden Springs School. More than 25 construction projects, which celebrate their role in transforming the East of England’s communities, were shortlisted. Lexden Springs School, in Winstree Road, Stanway, is a state-of-the-art special education needs school with a campus for education and residential accommodation…. Jonathan Nelson, RICS Social Impact Awards head judge for East of England, said this project provides an excellent level of facility for young people who have mental and or physical needs. … The expansion was part of the Essex County Council’s plans to spend up to £115 million [$147M U.S.] on special educational needs places across Essex. The investment, which includes £42 million [$54M U.S.] from the Essex Schools Forum, came after an increase in the number of children in the county being diagnosed with autism and a surge in the demand for special needs school places….


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