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(UK) Harlow, England: New special school for "autism and challenging behavior"

SE England 'We have a highly committed, empathetic and skilled team of staff who care deeply for these children.' A new free school is to open in Harlow, Essex, after the Department for Education (DfE) issued approval last week. The school is due to open in 2022 in new buildings off Tendring Road. The Secretary of State for Education, Gavin Williamson, made the decision to approve the outstanding-rated Beckmead Trust to open the new school following a rigorous assessment process involving Essex County Council officers and Department for Education (DfE) officials. The Beckmead Trust specialises in support for traumatised young people with social, emotional and mental health issues (SEMH), autism and challenging behaviour. The new school, which will be Beckmead’s second school in Harlow, will provide high-quality education for 90 pupils aged seven to 19 who have severe and complex SEMH issues. Fifteen of the places will be residential. Dr Jonty Clark, chief executive of The Beckmead Trust, said: “We are very proud and feel very privileged that we have been chosen to support even more vulnerable children and young people in Harlow, to add to those we are educating at Beckmead Moundwood Academy….


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