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(UK) Lincolnshire SPED schools 'functioning beyond their physical capacity'; 500 places needed

Nov 25, 2019, Rutland Stamford Mercury: Willoughby School in Bourne to benefit from Lincolnshire special needs spending boost https://www.stamfordmercury.co.uk/news/expansion-of-willoughy-school-in-bourne-will-help-special-needs-pupils-9091064/ A school in Bourne is set to expand as part of a £50m [$65M US] capital investment programme to boost special needs teaching across the county. Lincolnshire County Council has submitted plans to extend Willoughby School by an extra 68 places as part of its Special Education Needs and Disabilities (SEND) strategy. Willoughby School headteacher James Husbands told the Mercury: We are delighted “that Willoughby will be expanding to meet the growing demand for special education in the locality of Bourne.” The council’s strategy seeks to create an extra 500 spaces across the county as existing SEND schools are suffering from increased demand…. Over the past five years, the number of pupils requiring such education has increased three per cent a year and half the special needs schools in the county are “functioning beyond their physical capacity”. “The Willoughby School, Bourne has experienced significant growth over the last few years; consultations for school places regularly exceed place availability and the school has been required to accept students beyond their physical capacity to ensure they can be educated locally. The new build and remodelled premises will see staff numbers increase from 79 to 100….