(UK) Kent loses bid for SPED school; after 2020 "more students" will require SPED place

Mar 12, 2019, Kent Online: Medway snubbed as Kent County Council receives funding for new free school Medway Council has failed in its bid to secure government funding for a new free special school in the Towns. The list of 39 successful applications published yesterday (March 11) by the Department for Education saw Kent County Council awarded money for a new facility for children with special education needs and disability (SEND), but Medway miss out. It is a major blow for the latter authority, with an ever-increasing demand for such school places and a desire to reduce the number of youngsters placed out of area…. “The outcome of the bidding round is particularly disappointing given that the government’s SEND Inspectors recently stated that too many children from Medway were having to be placed out of area due to insufficient provision being available in Medway. … “Following our recent review we know that after 2020 more children will require a place at a special school and we are committed to providing the specialist support that these children need to achieve their full potential.” The application was separate from the council’s plans for a new £25 million independent school for young people diagnosed with complex autism disorder.