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(UK) Isle of Wight to get new special school; $1.3B for more special schools in UK

Mar 1, 2023, Isle of Wight County Press: Isle of Wight bid for new special school accepted by government

An Isle of Wight Council bid to build a new special school on the Island has been accepted by government….

Isle of Wight MP Bob Seely said: "I am delighted to be able to confirm that the Island’s bid for a new special SEN schoo

l has been accepted.

"This is important news for the Island’s education and I am delighted that Conservative ministers responded so positively to the case that the Isle of Wight Council and I made. …

The DfE has set aside £2.6bn [$3.1B] to deliver up to 60 new specialist free schools across the UK.

A free school is funded directly by the DfE, rather than through the local authority.

Cabinet member for Children's Services, Education and Lifelong Skills, Cllr Debbie Andre, said: "I'm absolutely delighted that the funding for this much needed provision has now been agreed by the DfE….

"I would stress that the 75 places would be in addition to the offer that we currently provide for our special needs children."…


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